Key point 4-04. Many states recognize “invasion of privacy” as a basis for liability. Invasion of privacy may consist of any one or more the following: (1) public disclosure of private facts; (2) use of another person’s name or likeness; (3) placing someone in a “false light” in the public eye; or (4) intruding upon another’s seclusion.
A Michigan appellate court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the mother (the “plaintiff”) of a suicide victim was barred by the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine from suing a pastor who, contrary to her insistence upon confidentiality, still disclosed the suicide during the victim’s funeral homily.
In early December 2018, a young man committed suicide. This fact was not publicly disclosed or known to anyone but close family and friends.
The day after their son’s death, the decedent’s ...