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    New Jersey Law Journal: Restaurateurs Invade Waiters’ MySpace

    The New Jersey Law Journal reports on a case in the state involving online privacy.

    A federal jury in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday found that restaurant managers who surreptiously monitoring employees’ postings in a MySpace gripe group violated state and federal laws that protect privacy of Web communications.

    Two servers at Houston’s in Hackensack, fired for criticizing their bosses in those May 2006 postings, were awarded a total of $3,400 in back pay and $13,600 in punitive damages in the case, Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group, 2:06-cv-5754.

    The jury found that the restaurant violated the Federal Stored Communications Act and the New Jersey Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act, and that management acted maliciously.

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