Thurmond v Bowman, No. 14-CV-6465W, 2016 WL 1295957 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016)

Key Insight: Where Defendants sought spoliation sanctions for Plaintiff?s alleged deletion of social media postings that Defense counsel claimed had disappeared from the relevant account, the evidence indicated that the majority of those posts were merely hidden as the result of Plaintiff?s modification of her security settings and the court noted that the three posts that were missing ?did not seem relevant? and concluded that spoliation sanctions were not warranted; court?s analysis included disagreement with the argument that ?the entirety of a plaintiff?s social media account is per se relevant to any claim for emotional distress damages,? and concluded that the contention that sanctions were warranted for the deletion of any Facebook post swept ?far too broadly?

Nature of Case: Housing discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: facebook (social media / social network)

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