Instant message suit dismissed by courts





PENNSYLVANIA -- A student's claim that his AOL Instant Messenger transcript was obtained through a violation of the federal wiretap law has been dismissed in federal trial and appellate courts.

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\n The student was expelled in December 1999 from Friends Central School in Wynnewood for an online conversation in which he said, ''stupid people should be banished or killed.'' A print-out of the conversation was confiscated from another student on a class trip.

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\n The expelled student and his parents filed a lawsuit against school, arguing that the student's privacy had been infringed through an illegal wire-intercept. Those grounds were found faulty in April 2000 by a federal district court and again in July 2001 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


case: S.L. ex rel. P.L. v. Friends Central School, 265 F.3d 1056 (3rd Cir. 2001) (table)


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