In 2006, Eric Sedie of Corte
Last week, a federal magistrate judge awarded Sedie only a little over $297,000 instead of the $2.5 million he asked for. The judge didn’t believe his claims of personal injury and believed his testimony was full of inconsistencies and exaggeration.
Why? In part because of a June 2007 MySpace posting “in which he described painting as a frustrating activity when his arm hairs would get caught in paint.” Although he claimed to be joking, the court didn’t think so. The court also found inconsistencies in Facebook postings, surveillance videos and testimony from expert witnesses.
Obviously, it was not a wise decision for Sedie to claim he was unable to pursue activities such as painting and then to post personal anecdotes about himself painting in public forums. Such comments make easy fodder for defense attorneys, and can have a huge impact on a legal case.