Social Media Request for Production That Got It Right

Requesting social media relevant to a lawsuit should be done as standard operating procedure now. However, some attorney have a difficult time with narrowing their requests beyond, “Produce your Facebook profile.” Such fishing expeditions are summarily denied. See, Tompkins v. Detroit Metro. Airport, 278 F.R.D. 387 ( E.D. Mich. 2012),[…]

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Still No Rummaging Through Social Media in Discovery

Courts will not ReTweet or “Like” discovery requests for social media that are simply fishing expeditions. In Salvato v. Miley, the Plaintiff requested the following discovery: Interrogatory 12 Please identify whether you had any social media accounts and/or profiles including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, you have had at[…]

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Relevance, Social Media & Personal Computers

In an employment dispute, the Defendant sought access to the Plaintiff’s Facebook profile and personal computer. The case had involved several discovery disputes challenging the Plaintiff’s discovery productions. Potts v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38795, 5-9 (M.D. Tenn. Mar. 20, 2013). Among the discovery requests, the Defendant requested[…]

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2012 Case Law Year-In-Review

2012 eDiscovery Case Law included everything from Tweets to Computer-Assisted Review. However, there was also a very basic theme that is hard to ignore: Cases should be about the merits. And for cases to be decided on the merits, attorneys need to educate themselves on electronic discovery so they know[…]

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No Differences in Discoverability Between Social Media & Email

Letters versus telegrams. Faxes versus emails. Attorneys must be familiar with the many ways people have communicated in the everyday course of their lives. “Social media” is just another evolution in technology for possible sources of electronically stored information. Robinson v. Jones Lang Lasalle Ams., is a case centering on a motion[…]

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