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Alabama Tort Law
Copyright 2016, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Invasion of Privacy


Gregory S. Cusimano;; Michael L. Roberts

Chapter Summary


This chapter from Alabama Tort Law discusses the tort of invasion of privacy. It begins with coverage of the historical development of invasion of privacy as a separate tort. The chapter then provides detailed information on the four forms of invasion of privacy: (1) wrongful intrusion, physically or otherwise, on the solitude or seclusion of another or his private affairs or concerns; (2) publicity which violates the ordinary decencies; (3) putting the plaintiff in a false, though not necessarily defamatory, light or position in the public eye; and (4) the appropriation of some element of the plaintiff's personality for a commercial use. In addition, the chapter reviews the general and special damages available in actions for invasion of privacy.

Alabama Tort Law (Matthew Bender) is the only truly comprehensive resource on tort law in Alabama. With expert discussion of proof requisites and defenses, it covers all the elements of each tort actionable under Alabama law. It provides the information necessary to determine if there is a case and what is needed to prove or defend it. Alabama Tort Law not only provides up-to-date coverage of relevant case law and analysis, it also includes comprehensive appendices with practical material, including checklists and sample complaints for frequently encountered topics.


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For information on defamation and slander, see Chapter 24, Defamation, and Chapter 25, Slander of Title.

For more information on damages, see Chapter 40, Compensatory Damages; Chapter 41, Compensatory Damages for Injured Property Interests; and Chapter 42, Punitive Damages.

For a discussion of the sufficiency of evidence, see Chapter 44, Evidentiary Issues in Torts.


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