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Child Loses $80,000 on Facebook

By David PeelDavid Peel

If your kid embarrassed you on Facebook by posting something a bit too personal, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
This young lady cost her parents a cool $80,000.
First, some legal background: sometimes, settlements of lawsuits contain a “confidentiality clause.”
Often, it is a small point that is only worth a few hundred dollars if you break it.
But, in more sensitive cases, the entire settlement maybe entirely conditioned upon a strict bond of silence.
In these cases, they usually make exceptions only for one’s attorneys, the government, and any accountants or financial advisers.
Apparently this young lady’s father, Mr. Snay, had just signed a very strict secret settlement agreement like that. It had to do with alleged age discrimination in his firing, and the Gulliver school district agreed to quietly pay him an $80,000 settlement, and also pay his attorneys.
However, before the ink was even dry, the daughter took to Facebook bragging, “[They] won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
School officials heard all about it almost immediately and indicated they would no longer pay out the money.
The father sued to enforce the agreement and initially won.
But on appeal, the school reversed the lower ruling, and the school can keep the money.
The appellate court summed it nicely in its ruling, “His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent, advertising to the Gulliver community that Snay had been successful in his age discrimination and retaliation case against the school.”
You know what they say, “Kids are expensive.”
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through wherein other articles may be accessed.
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