Smith v. Hillshire Brands, No. 13-2605-CM, 2014 WL 2804188 (D. Kan. June 20, 2014)

Key Insight: Court ordered plaintiff to respond to request for social networking documents that directly referenced or mentioned defendant or the matters raised in plaintiff?s complaint; court found request for production of complete copies of plaintiff?s social networking accounts to be overly broad and indicated its intention to ?follow what appears to be the intermediate course? i.e., allowing defendant ?to discover not the contents of plaintiff’s entire social networking activity, but any content that reveals plaintiff’s emotions or mental state, or content that refers to events that could reasonably be expected to produce in plaintiff a significant emotion or mental state? and ordered plaintiff to produce all such documents

Nature of Case: Violations of Title VII, Family Medical Leave Act

Electronic Data Involved: Contents of social networking accounts (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter)

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