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How Lawyers Get Their Hands on “Private” Facebook Posts

on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 20:49
Fight Child Protection Department Corruption: 
How Lawyers Get Their Hands on “Private” Facebook Posts

This article is excerpted from the upcoming e-treatise, Wassom on Social Media Law.

It happens every day.  First, someone gets sued (or starts a lawsuit).  Then the “discovery” process of gathering information starts.  Today, one of the first places lawyers look in many types of litigation is their opponent’s Facebook page.  But that page is shielded from public view by its privacy settings.  Its owner refuses to comply.  Motions are filed.

Who wins?  It depends.

 

Discovery Rules Are Permissive By Default

Generally speaking, parties can “discover” (that is, force the other side or a third

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NEW YORK STATE WIDE CENTRAL REGISTER OF CHILD ABUSE AND MALTREATMENT CLASS ACTION WEBSITE

on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 23:34

WELCOME TO THE NEW YORK STATE
WIDE CENTRAL REGISTER OF CHILD
ABUSE AND MALTREATMENT CLASS
ACTION WEBSITE

 

This website has been established to explain the status of two separate class action lawsuits against the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (“OCFS”) which operates the New York Statewide Abuse and Maltreatment Register (“SCR” or the “Register”). The court has certified two classes. One class is referred to as the Finch Class and the other is referred to as Sub Class B.