We have previously reported on the status of Facebook discovery in PA. The law continues to evolve. In the case of Largent v. Reed, a Franklin County, PA trial court was faced with the question of whether, in the context of an auto accident, the plaintiff had to turn over her Facebook username and password to the defendant. The trial court ruled for the defendant and ordered the disclosure. In the lengthy ruling, the court held that there can be “little expectation of privacy” on a social networking site because “only the uninitiated or foolish could believe that Facebook is an online lockbox of secrets.” More good news for defendants looking to unearth a secret or two to impeach the plaintiff’s credibility!
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