Q: Can another lawyer post things about your case & bash you on social media if they're not your lawyer or on the case ?

There's a Facebook group where there is two Florida lawyers are talking about my case to members of it. They're posting screenshots from pacer about the lawsuit against me and making fun of me when they have no information on this matter, and I haven't been able to prove my innocence. I want to know if lawyers that aren't representing me can do this on social media ? If it's something I can report to the bar? They're fueling these members with hate

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You actually raise a couple different issues here. 1. Can Court documents available on PACER lawfully be disclosed on social media? Yes, because they're public records, and the fact that the discloser is a lawyer who is not on your case is irrelevant. 2. Can someone lawfully make fun of you on social media making reference to court documents (and what if that person is a lawyer)? That depends entirely on what you mean by "make fun of". Whatever they're doing may or may not violate Fla. Bar rules of professional conduct. You can ask the Bar. Also, whether the perpetrator is a lawyer or not, spreading false information damaging to your reputation could be actionable defamation of character.

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