Published: Mar 09, 2011 7:39 PM EST
Updated: Mar 09, 2011 4:39 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A Florida judge has ordered a debt collection agency to not contact a woman, her family or her friends on Facebook regarding the woman's debt.

Melanie Beacham, who is suing the debt collection agency Mark One LLC in a Florida court, said last fall that the agency sent messages to her friends and family regarding an unpaid $362 car loan. Her lawyer says those messages were a violation of Florida's privacy and consumer protection laws.

On Friday, a Pinellas County judge ruled that Mark One cannot contact Beacham, her family or her friends on any social media site.

A message left with Mark One was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

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