Today on CLBR: Karl Kronenberger on Winning a Landmark Revenge Porn Verdict

Karl Kronenberger Discusses Landmark Revenge Porn Verdict

Karl - headshotWe are thrilled to be having Karl Kronenberger join CLBR today to discuss his recent victory in obtaining one of the first major revenge porn verdicts (see press release below).  Karl and I have worked together on many matters and are both founding members of the Cyber Law Leadership Summit.

Karl Kronenberger has practiced law for 20 years and is the founding partner in the law firm of Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP in San Francisco.  Karl and his firm focus exclusively on Internet-related matters, and he has spoken as an Internet law expert on national television news programs and on industry panels.  Karl is a frequent litigator of Internet law, technology and media matters in federal courts around the country.  Karl is a former prosecutor and U.S. Army JAG Corps officer, and he is a member of the bars of California, New York, Ohio and Georgia.


KRONENBERGER ROSENFELD OBTAINS LANDMARK $250,000 CIVIL VERDICT

IN REVENGE PORN CASE

SAN FRANCISCO, February 19, 2014 — A jury in Santa Clara Superior court returned a verdict for the plaintiff in a landmark “Revenge Porn” case on February 18, 2014, awarding $250,000 in damages to the plaintiff.  Kronenberger Rosenfeld served as counsel for the plaintiff, in the case of [Name Redacted for Privacy] v. Jonathan Bruce and Ranila Rodil, Case No. 112CV233490, Santa Clara Superior Court.

At the trial, the plaintiff presented evidence that her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Bruce, was negligent in safeguarding intimate pictures taken consensually while they were in a relationship years prior.  The plaintiff also presented evidence that Mr. Bruce’s new girlfriend, Ms. Rodil, obtained the photos from Mr. Bruce, created a fake Facebook profile in the name of plaintiff; posted the intimate pictures of plaintiff on this Facebook profile, and sent from the fake Facebook profile “friend requests” to plaintiff’s friends, relatives and work associates.  The plaintiff asserted claims of invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and statutory impersonation, seeking both emotional distress and punitive damages.  The jury returned a verdict of $250,000 in favor of the plaintiff.

“This is a landmark case because to our knowledge it is the first civil verdict for a revenge porn case in the country. This sort of conduct is truly despicable and an outrageous invasion of victims’ privacy.  There’s no question, we’ll see many other victims of revenge porn fighting back through civil lawsuits in the future,” says Karl Kronenberger, counsel for the plaintiff.

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Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP is a leading Internet-focused law firm, specializing in Internet law, technology and media for clients across the US and internationally.  The firm handles many types of Internet law and technology-related legal matters including cybersquatting, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, Internet defamation, website agreements, privacy matters, Internet fraud, false advertising, hacking, FTC actions, spam lawsuits, spam law compliance, and all types of Internet-related litigation in state and federal courts across the country.


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