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Nevada Law Library

Invasion Of Privacy Through Disclosure Of False Light

In Nevada, the elements for a claim of invasion of privacy through disclosure of false light are:

1. The defendant gave publicity to a matter concerning the plaintiff that placed the plaintiff before the public in a false light (at least an implicit false statement of objective fact);

2. The false light would be highly offensive to a reasonable person;

3. The defendant had knowledge of, or acted in reckless disregard as to, the falsity of the publicized matter and the false light in which the plaintiff would be placed (requiring actual malice); and

4. Plaintiff suffered emotional harm.

Flowers v. Carville, 310 F.3d 118, 1132 (9th Cir. 2002); Wood v. Hustler Magazine, Inc., 736 F.2d 1084, 1093 (5th Cir. 1984) (disclosure of stolen nude photos); Vail v. Pioneer Mut. Life. Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107994, *5-6 (D. Nev. July 20, 2011) (citing Restatement (Second) of Torts 652); Flowers v. Carville, 266 F. Supp. 2d 1245, 1252 (D. Nev. 2003).