Painter v. Atwood, No. 2:12-cv-01215-JCM-RJJ, 2014 WL 1089694 (D. Nev. Mar. 18, 2014)

Key Insight: Court granted defendants’ motion for sanctions in the form of an adverse inference instruction where, after she contemplated filing a lawsuit and retained counsel, plaintiff intentionally deleted Facebook comments that stated she enjoyed working for defendants; however, no sanctions were warranted for plaintiff’s deletion of text messages, as she was not on notice to preserve the texts at the time she deleted them (prior to leaving defendants’ employ)

Nature of Case: Former employee of dental practice sued for sexual harrassment, constructive discharge

Electronic Data Involved: Text messages and social media posts (Facebook comments and photographs)

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