Facebook pics must be handed over in B.C. lawsuit
Photos allegedly show plaintiff enjoying vacations taken after car accident
The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered a former Victoria law student to hand over pictures from her Facebook site as she pursues a lawsuit in connection with a traffic accident.
Tamara Fric was a first-year student at the University of Victoria in 2008 when the vehicle she was in was rear-ended by a car owned by Tracy and Stuart Gershman.
Fric is suing the Gershmans, claiming the accident has left her with chronic pain and a diminished ability to enjoy life and earn a living.
But the defendants believe pictures on Facebook that allegedly show Fric on vacation, hiking, scuba diving and wakeboarding might contradict the lawsuit's claims.
Fric had argued that her right to privacy and the privacy of her Facebook friends outweigh the demands of the defendants.
But it has been ruled in a pretrial hearing that the defence must be allowed to see some Facebook photos of Fric participating in an event called the Law Games, taken shortly after the accident, and also to see photographs taken during her subsequent vacations.
It is yet to be determined if any of the pictures will be allowed into evidence at a trial.
With files from the CBC's Lisa Cordasco