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Is it a invasion of privacy if a friend of mine is being sued,

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Is it a invasion of privacy if a friend of mine is being sued, and the party that is suing wants copies of my telephone and credit card records?
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I am a New York licensed attorney. I will do whatever I can to answer your questions!

In order for me to provide you with the most accurate information, please tell me:
1. What type of lawsuit is your friend involved in?
2. What legal action has the party taken to obtain copies of your telephone and credit card records?
3. How are you related to this case?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Divorce. They are claiming that we were more than just friends.

Yes – typically it would be an invasion of your privacy.

Since you are not a party to the divorce, you are not required to turn over any information absent a court order.

If the spouse attempts to use the court to compel discovery of your telephone and credit card receipts, the typical procedure would be to petition the court for a protective order on the basis of the overreaching and personal information requested.

I would be glad to respond to any related follow-up questions that you may have.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

What if I am named in the complaint but not party of the suit?

If you have been joined as a 3rd party to the action, typically you would take the same action I have described and petition the court for a protective order. The basis of your petition would be that is overbearing and overreaching to allow discovery of all of your records. Sometimes the court respond by appointing a 3rd party to review the records to determine if any of the records have a bearing on the divorce and only those records would be released to the requesting spouse
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no thank you

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