BLJ: Appeals court says private posts on Facebook are admissible

A Feb. 13 ruling by New York’s highest court may allow for photos and other information to be protected on Facebook through privacy settings to be used if they are relevant to litigation. The 7-0 ruling by the New York Court of Appeals stems from the case of a Manhattan woman who was disabled in a horse-riding accident. The decision reinstates a trial judge’s ruling that the plaintiff, Kelly Forman, is required to turn over photos taken before and after her injuries to the defendant in the case,…

Engine of change: Advance Transportation Manufacturing

Changes big and small are coming to automotive manufacturers in Western New York. Some of that is driven by headline-grabbing trends such as driverless vehicles and fueling systems that run off electricity. Some are more subtle, such as new materials and machines that change products and the way they’re made. “Electric cars still have motors and batteries have to be cooled,” said William Tiger, plant manager of General Motors Components Holdings factory in Lockport, where about 1,400 people…