PATTERSON v. TURNER CONSTR. CO.
2011 NY Slip Op 07572
RUSSELL PATTERSON, Plaintiff-Appellant,
TURNER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, ET AL., Defendants-Respondents.
101638/09, 5653N, 5654N.
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department.
Decided October 27, 2011.
Kopff, Nardelli & Dopf LLP, New York (Martin B. Adams of counsel), for respondents.
Before: Tom, J.P., Saxe, DeGrasse, Freedman, Román, JJ.
Plaintiff claims damages for physical and psychological injuries, including the inability to work, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the loss of enjoyment of life. Although the motion court's in camera review established that at least some of the discovery sought "will result in the disclosure of relevant evidence or is reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of information bearing on the claims" (Abrams v Pecile, 83 A.D.3d 527, 528  [internal quotation marks and citation omitted]), it is possible that not all Facebook communications are related to the events that gave rise to plaintiff's cause of action (see Offenback v L.M. Bowman, Inc., 2011 WL 2491371, *2, 2011 US Dist LEXIS 66432, *5-8 [MD Pa 2011]). Accordingly, we reverse and remand for a more specific identification of plaintiff's Facebook information that is relevant, in that it contradicts or conflicts with plaintiff's alleged restrictions, disabilities, and losses, and other claims. The postings on plaintiff's online Facebook account, if relevant, are not shielded from discovery merely because plaintiff used the service's privacy settings to restrict access (Romano v Steelcase Inc., 30 Misc.3d 426, 433-434 ), just as relevant matter from a personal diary is discoverable (see Faragiano v Town of Concord, 294 A.D.2d 893, 894 ). Dismissal of the appeal from the January 24, 2011 order is warranted because the order does not affect a substantial right and is not otherwise appealable as of right (see Marriott Intl. v Lonny's Hacking Corp., 262 A.D.2d 10 ; Garcia v Montefiore Med. Ctr., 209 A.D.2d 208, 209 ; CPLR 5701[a][v]).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.