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CASE ENTRY

Hately v. Watts

Allegation: Patrick’s girlfriend, Nicole, cheats on him with David. Nicole tells David that his wife, Audrey, is having an affair, too—with Patrick. Nicole gives David the password to Patrick’s email, allowing David to access emails between Patrick and Audrey, which might then help David in his divorce proceedings. Can Patrick sue David for accessing his email account? Indeed so, says the Fourth Circuit; Patrick’s federal and state law claims should not have been dismissed.


Tags: 2019, Computer Crimes, Fourth Circuit, Statutory Interpretation

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