Toftely v. Qwest Communications Corp., 2003 WL 1908022 (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 22, 2003) (Unpublished)
Key Insight: Qwest general counsel sent urgent/confidential email to managers notifying them of “legal hold” related to pending SEC investigation and advising about the need to preserve certain categories of documents. The email contained a hidden “tracer” that gave notice whenever someone forwarded the email outside the Qwest network. Qwest discharged all employees who forwarded the email to outsiders on grounds of employment misconduct; subsequent denial of unemployment benefits was affirmed.
Nature of Case: Discharged employee appealed denial of unemployment benefits
Electronic Data Involved: Email containing tracer