Sanctions For Deleted Facebook Account Give Employers A Boost

Law360, New York (April 1, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge recently ruled that a personal injury plaintiff's deletion of his Facebook account amounted to the destruction of evidence, a decision hailed by employment attorneys, who say it shows that social media access is fair game in litigation and that workers who try to conceal their online lives will pay a high price.

In the March 25 ruling, U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion partially granted a motion for sanctions, concluding that spoliation had occurred when Frank Gatto deleted his Facebook account...
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