Archive: August 13, 2010

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Court Compels Production of Relevant Content from Social Networking Sites

Court Compels Production of Relevant Content from Social Networking Sites

EEOC v. Simply Storage Mgmt., LLC, 270 F.R.D. 430 (S.D. Ind. May 2010)

The EEOC, on behalf of two claimants, filed claims alleging sexual harassment.  In the course of discovery, defendant sought production of claimants’ internet social networking site (“SNS”) profiles and other communications from claimants’ Facebook and MySpace.com accounts.  Plaintiff resisted.  Following its discussion of the “General Principles Applicable to Discovery of SNS” and the proper scope of discovery in the present case, the court determined that certain content was relevant and ordered plaintiff to produce the relevant information, subject to the guidelines identified by the court.

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