Some time back, I discussed a case where the defendant in a personal injury lawsyit was trying to obtain continued discovery of a plaintiff’s Facebook and My Space entries. See my prior post. The Houston trial judge had ruled that after the plaintiff changed her settings to private, the defendant could no longer obtain the entries. The defendant then sought a writ of mandamus to force the trial judge to rule differently.
The Texas Supreme Court dismissed the writ on Sept. 9, 2011, meaning they reject the appeal for an unspecified reason. See Texas Supreme Court site. So, the trial judge’s ruling stands: a party cannot continue to seek social media entries after the party changes her settings to privacy.