NY Judge: No Facebook “Fishing Expedition,” Denies Social Media Discovery Requests

December 3, 2011

Last week a New York trial judge denied a defense discovery request for a personal injury plaintiff’s current and historical Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter account information.
New York Justice George J. Silver of State Supreme Court in Manhattan reasoned that simply making conclusory allegations that a party’s “Facebook account is material and necessary to their [client’s] defense” is insufficient to justify disclosure of a litigant’s private Facebook records. (MORE)

That is good to know. Let’s hope this type of finding is not overruled in states that are more liberal. Prosecution could move to a state where a person’s internet rights don’t exist in the same way.