New Jersey school districts defending bullying case can possibly seek contribution from student accused of bullying and parents

In New Jersey, school districts defending a bullying case can seek contribution from the students accused of bullying and their parents.  That means the parents can be responsible for some or all of the damages and attorney fees. V.B. a Minor by his Parent and Guardian v. Flemington-Raritan Regional Board of Ed, et al., Docket No. HNT-L-95-13 (NJ Superior Court, Hunterdon County, March 12, 2014).  The case involved a long history of physical abuse and cyberbullying.

Parents should take note. New York courts may follow suit.

April 2014 Gallup Pole: 84% of small business owners would do it again

For would-be entrepreneurs, there is always that nagging doubt – am I making the right decision? I hope this statistic will ease your mind: 84% of small business owners would definitely do it again. Reasons given included:

  • Being own boss/independence
  • Job satisfaction/sense of accomplishment
  • Creating employment
  • Financial reward
  • Flexible schedules
  • Working with customers

Biggest challenges:

  • Generating business/marketing
  • Cash flow and credit
  • Government regulations
  • Uncertainty/learning curve
  • Employee issues

Interestingly, the hard work was not a detracting factor. Less than 2% complained about long hours, competition and spending/expenses. Less than 1% complained about taxes, the economy or technology/website challenges.

So, what’s stopping you?

Online reviews or content disparages your brand reputation. How do you decide whether to take countermeasures?

Your first step is to determine if this review or story will natural fade away or is likely to snowball and cause lasting damage to your reputation in the marketplace. You must give the situation a non-emotional evaluation and in light of the fact that the overwhelming majority of online content is never read.

If you decide defensive action is warranted, you may want to consider options such as these:

  1. DIY approach: Asking a social network or web host to remove content that infringes on your IP rights or violates on the site’s terms and conditions relating to defamatory content
  2. Involving a lawyer: A cease and desist demand, injunction, or lawsuit against the writer alleging defamation, unfair competition, breach of contract, copyright or trademark infringement or other legal causes of action