First of all, relax
. I have a feeling that this person is all bark and no bite. They really have no case. But they are attempting to scare you. We will cover both civil and criminal
aspects separately. Criminal first.
What have you done that qualifies as "stalking" or "harassment" exactly? Nothing. For example, harassment is defined the following way in CA law:
Unlawful violence, such as:
-assault (attempting to cause a violent
injury to you)
battery (use of force against you) or
-stalking (repeatedly following or harassing you with the intent to place you in reasonable fear for your safety or your immediate family's safety);
-A credible threat of violence (a statement or actions that reasonably place you in fear for your safety, or the safety of your immediate family); or
-Repeated actions (such as following you, making harassing telephone calls, or sending harassing emails) that seriously alarm, annoy, or harass you, and that serve no legitimate purpose and causes you to be extremely emotionally upset (distressed). Ann.Cal.C.C.P. § 527
AL and LA have similar definitions. The actions described above really have no basis being called stalking, harassment, or anything similar. All you did here was find her PUBLIC information after she challenged you to do so
. This is not a criminal matter.
I suspect her claims of contacting the police are false. Just in case, if you are contacted, it is recommended to retain counsel who can explain to the police what happened just like you did to me and provide a copy of the screenshot. The police should then drop this matter.
To sue in a state court
, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state because they all stem from the same common law. A pleading in Court needs at least one
cause of action, although it is not unusual to have more than one.
Nothing you did falls into a course of action here. You did not harass her. You did not cause her intentional emotional distress. All you did was provide PUBLIC information that she CHALLENGED you to find. She has no case.
As such, her threats here are ridiculous. However, she does seem to be the type of person to annoy/harass others, and it is best to simply stay away from people such as these.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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