Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A New Twist in Facebook Discovery Decisions

Showing that the road to Facebook discovery is a two way street, Judge William R. Carpenter of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas granted a Plaintiff's Motion to Compel a Defendant  to produce his user name and password for the Defendant's Facebook page in the case of Gallagher v. Urbanovich, No. 2010 - 33418 (C.P. Mont. Co. Feb. 27, 2012 Carpenter, J.).

The Judge's page long Order does not provide the background on the case leading up to this Motion and Order, or why such discovery was pursued by the Plaintiff.

While the Court did grant the Plaintiff access to the Defendant's Facebook page and ordered the Defendant not to delete any info from the Facebook profile, the Defendant was granted permission to change his login name and password after seven (7) days following his compliance with the Court's Order.

Anyone desiring a copy of this Order may click here.

This case has been added to the Tort Talk Facebook Discovery Scorecard, which can be viewed here.

I send thanks to Attorney Timothy Knowles of the Blue Bell, PA law firm of Warren & McGraw, LLC for bringing this case to my attention.

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