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Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group d/b/a Houston’s, D.N.J., No. 06-5754, unpublished, Sept. 25, 2009.

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Company Violated Federal Law by Accessing Employee’s Invitation-Only MySpace Chat Group Without Authorization.

Ogletree Deakins • October 15, 2009
In an unpublished opinion, a federal district court in New Jersey has upheld a jury verdict in which a company was found liable for violating the federal Stored Communications Act (SCA). The violation occurred when the company’s managers intentionally accessed a “chat group” on an employee’s MySpace account without having received authorization from the MySpace member to join the group. Further, the court upheld the jury’s finding of malicious conduct, which supported an award of punitive damages.