Facebook Being Used as Evidence in Court

Earlier this year, Reuters Legal reported an increase in the inclusion of content on social networking sites as evidence in trials, particularly personal injury cases.

Two state courts and a Federal ruling have given defendants access to classified photos and postings, indicating a legal shift and reflecting a larger conversation about the privacy of personal information online. The article pointed to a New York Supreme Court ruling allowing the defense to use MySpace postings of smiley faces to disprove a plaintiff’s personal injury claim that she suffered “serious permanent personal injuries.”

If you get caught up in a law suit, insurance companies will search out any means to attack your claim.

In reporting the Reuters piece, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog noted a Pennsylvania judge’s ruling that while mediums like MySpace and Facebook could be used “as forums to divulge and seek advice on personal and private matters … it would be unrealistic to expect that such disclosures would be considered confidential.”

Be careful what you post on the internet and put in emails. If you get caught up in a law suit, insurance companies will search out any means to attack your claim. Don’t be careless.

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