Archive: December 1, 2013

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Fawcett v. Altieri, 960 N.Y.S.2d 592 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013)
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Tapp v. New York State Urban Dev. Corp., No. 9131N, 2013 WL 3622969 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan. 31, 2013)
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Keller v. Nat?l Farmers Union Prop. & Cas. Co., No. CV 12-72-m-DLC-JCL, 2013 WL 27731 (D. Mont. Jan. 2, 2013)
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Christou v. Beatport LLC, No. 10-cv-02912-RBJ-KMT, 2013 WL 248058 (D. Colo. Jan. 23, 2013)
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Thompson v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., No. 2:09-CV-905 JCM (NJK), 2013 WL 164245 (D. Nev. Jan. 15, 2013)

Fawcett v. Altieri, 960 N.Y.S.2d 592 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013)

Key Insight: Court acknowledged the discoverability of social media content but reasoned that ?[i]n order to obtain a closed or private social media account by a court order for the subscriber to execute an authorization for their release, the adversary must show with some credible facts that the adversary subscriber has posted information or photographs that are relevant to the facts of the case at hand,? and thus denied defendant’s motion to compel

Nature of Case: Personal injury

Electronic Data Involved: Social network content (Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, Flickr, etc.)

Tapp v. New York State Urban Dev. Corp., No. 9131N, 2013 WL 3622969 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan. 31, 2013)

Key Insight: Lower court ?correctly determined that plaintiff?s mere possession and utilization of a Facebook account is an insufficient basis to compel plaintiff to provide access to the account or to have the court conduct an in camera inspection? and that ?to warrant discovery, defendants must establish a factual predicate for their request by identifying relevant information in plaintiff?s Facebook account?

Nature of Case: Personal Injury

Electronic Data Involved: Facebook

Keller v. Nat?l Farmers Union Prop. & Cas. Co., No. CV 12-72-m-DLC-JCL, 2013 WL 27731 (D. Mont. Jan. 2, 2013)

Key Insight: Court denied defendant?s motion to compel plaintiffs? production of printouts of all social media content where the court recognized that discovery of social network content has been allowed by other courts upon a showing that publically available information on those sites undermines the plaintiff?s claims and where no such showing was made in the present case

Nature of Case: Breach of insurance contract

Electronic Data Involved: Social Network Information: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.

Christou v. Beatport LLC, No. 10-cv-02912-RBJ-KMT, 2013 WL 248058 (D. Colo. Jan. 23, 2013)

Key Insight: Where a defendant negligently ?lost? his cellular phone and thus the text messages on it despite a duty to preserve, the court ordered that plaintiffs would be permitted to introduce evidence at trial of defendants? failure to preserve and to argue whatever inference they hoped the jury would draw, but defendants would be allowed to present an explanation and argue that no adverse inference should be drawn

Nature of Case: Antitrust and related claims; theft of trade secrets; intentional interference with a prospective business

Electronic Data Involved: Text messages

Thompson v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., No. 2:09-CV-905 JCM (NJK), 2013 WL 164245 (D. Nev. Jan. 15, 2013)

Key Insight: District court adopted in its entirety the recommendation of the magistrate judge that Plaintiff?s amended complaint be dismissed and that her answer to defendants? counterclaims be stricken as a sanction for willful and bad faith spoliation where Plaintiff gave her relevant computers to her brother who then took them to Indonesia where he lived and where this spoliation resulted in severe prejudice to defendants; the opinion also upheld a prior order of the magistrate imposing sanctions in the form of findings detrimental to the plaintiff for ?ongoing and repetitive violations of discovery obligations?; as to both the recommendation adopted and the order upheld, the court granted defendant?s request for attorneys fees

Nature of Case: Alleged violation of restrictive covenant with prior employer

Electronic Data Involved: Two computers

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