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Issa Lawsuit- 3 Ways Social Media Can Get You Sued In The U.S. (Even Though You Live Elsewhere!)
By Crystal Ikanih-Musa

Crystal Ikanih-Musa is an international law attorney barred in the U.S., and her legal expertise focuses on U.S. – Nigeria relations. She is also an international development professional. She is a new contributor to the PNN Lifestyle blog and will be sharing legal advice and tips with us every week! Today, Issa lawsuit!



Social media can be fun to use and connects us to the world, but that connection can lead to a lawsuit in a state or country you‘ve never stepped foot in. Here are 3 ways your social media posts may land you in any state‘s courtroom in the U.S.

  1. Targeted defamatory statements- if you‘re intentionally saying nasty things about someone and doing everything in your power to ensure everyone where that person resides, hangs out, exercise, etc. knows about it, you may be giving a court jurisdiction. i.e. You, living in Abuja, post that your former classmate "Wande (who lives in Texas, USA) is a thief #hideyokidshideyowifeTexas #Texastheif" Oh and you didn‘t stop there! You went on to tag Texas Bar & Lounge where Wande hangs out, and all your former classmates living in Texas to that post.

  2. Looking for business on social media- If you target certain states for business and have clients there you probably can be sued there. i.e. You own a business registered in Nigeria selling shea butter and you have a “connect” that can get your goods to customers in Atlanta, GA so you start following, tagging, DMing people living in Atlanta, GA. Your marketing skills are so good that you actually land clients and become the Shea Butter Cash Madam.

  3. Misuse of social media sites- for those of you spying on your ex and his new girlfriend by opening 10 different Facebook, Instagram, or twitter accounts, or using different accounts to defraud others; guess what the terms of use say? That‘s right! The state where you will be sued has already been chosen. It doesn‘t matter that you have been operating from the cyber café in Wuse II or Lekki Phase 1. So if anything arises that causes these social media sites harm from your misuse you may be showing up to a courtroom in a state you‘ve never been to.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this Post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.

Until Next time! We don‘t want no lawsuits people!

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