Pro Tip: Don’t Write about Confidential Settlements on Facebook!


A teenage girl and her family got a big lesson regarding confidential settlements and Facebook overshare. The teen’s father was the former head of Gulliver Preparatory School and alleged age discrimination after he was released from his position. The parties eventually settled out of court, but included in the settlement was a confidentiality clause that no one was to discuss the settlement or the payout of $80,000. So how do we know about this settlement?

The daughter posted this classic on Facebook: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” It’s not hard to imagine what happened next, considering the daughter had 1,200 Facebook friends, many of whom had attended Gulliver with her. The post went viral and Gulliver’s attorneys were notified.

After a hearing, the court ordered the $80,000 returned. Although this is a sad outcome for the father, he broke the clear language of the settlement and his daughter did exactly what the confidentiality clause forbade.

ILS – Plaintiff Electronic Discovery Experts