Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Oh Facebook!

By now you're probably sick of the admonitions to clean up your online life before applying for jobs. The thing is, the stories of poor judgment online just keep coming, and so, the admonitions continue. Here are two tales of legal woe from the halls of Facebook:

Father’s “Lifestyle” as Portrayed on Internet Causes Dramatic Increase in Child Support Obligations

A dad reported just $21,000 in taxable income in an attempt to modify his child support obligations. Facebook told a different tale as the mother of the child submitted Facebook evidence:
The Facebook photographs depicted defendant throwing $100 bills, his speed boat, a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro (plaintiff also maintained defendant owned a Lincoln Navigator), his elaborate tropical wedding, and accompanying diamond engagement and wedding bands.
Daughter’s Facebook boast costs former Gulliver Prep headmaster $80,000 discrimination settlement

Following litigation concerning her father's dispute over his departure from a prep school, a young lady posted:
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” Dana Snay posted days later to her 1,200 Facebook friends. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
The post, seen by current and former Gulliver students, made its way back to the school’s attorneys, who told the Snays they’d violated the deal. Patrick Snay last year won a Circuit Court ruling to enforce the deal, but Judge Linda Ann Wells overturned that decision Wednesday.
Privacy settings can't correct poor judgment, but they are a step in the right direction. For more on how to make sure you're secure, read up. And pay attention to your #hastags.

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