Ledbetter v. Wal Mart Stores, Inc

In Ledbetter v. Wal Mart Stores, Inc. (2009 WL 1067018 [Civ Action No. 06-cv-01958 WYD-MJW, D Colo Apr. 21, 2009]), defendant store sought, via subpoena, production of the content of plaintiffs' social networking sites (book, MySpace and Meetup.com.) Information contained on the public access areas contradicted plaintiffs' allegations regarding the effect of their injuries on their daily lives. When the networking sites refused to provide the information absent plaintiffs' consent or request, defendant moved to compel production and plaintiffs moved for a protective order. Both plaintiffs had claimed physical and psychological injuries as a result of the accident which gave rise to lawsuit. By order dated April 21, 2009, Magistrate Judge Watanabe denied plaintiffs' motion and held that the information sought by the subpoenas was "reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence as is relevant to the issues in the case."