Virginia Backs Off on Facebook Fines

ColganAirLogo.jpgThe Virginia Workers Compensation Commission announced that it would cease fining social-networking giant Facebook $200 per day for refusing to comply with a subpoena from Colgan Air, which previously employed flight attendant Shana Hensley, CNET reported.

Hensley was diagnosed with a herniated disk from a back injury suffered while on the job, and she collected disability benefits for 18 months, which were paid by the airline. But the Manassas, Va.-based company said Hensley was not cooperating with efforts to place her in a desk job and claimed that pictures from her vacation posted on Facebook were evidence that her injuries were not severe, according to CNET.

Facebook claims that federal law prohibits it from divulging user data in response to a subpoena and told CNET it would “further litigate this issue by seeking, among other things, an injunction from the federal courts.”

Yet after all of that back-and-forth, Julie Heiden, a Virginia personal-injury lawyer representing Hensley, told CNET the subpoena was unnecessary, saying she and Hensley would sign a document authorizing Facebook to reveal the contents of Hensley’s account.

“We agreed to sign a release,” Heiden told CNET. “Shana has executed the release…She has nothing to hide.”