Tag: Social Media

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Allen v. PPE Casino Resorts Maryland, LLC (D. Md. 2021)
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Boegh v. Harless (W.D. Ky. 2021)
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Abedin v. Palominos Osorio (N.Y.A.D. Nov. 12, 2020)
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Berg v. M & F Western Products, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2020)
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Denson v. Corp. of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (D. Utah, 2020)
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Rodriguez-Ruiz v. Microsoft Operations Puerto Rico (District of Puerto Rico, 2020)
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White v. Relay Res. & Gen. Servs. Admin. (United States District Court, W.D. Washington, 2020)
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Guarisco v. Boh Brothers Construction, No. 18-7514 (E.D. La. Oct. 3, 2019).
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Cordova v. Walmart Puerto Rico, Inc., et al., No. 16-2195 (ADC) (D.P.R. July 16, 2019)
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Mercado-Cordova v. Walmart Puerto Rico et al (D.P.R., 2019)

Allen v. PPE Casino Resorts Maryland, LLC (D. Md. 2021)

Key Insight: Plaintiffs sought a protective order to prevent defendant from obtaining ESI from five different social media platforms they were active on. The court found that while a plaintiff’s social media postings could be relevant to a claim for “garden variety” emotional distress damages, some caution was necessary, such that a “deeper dive” into social media postings may be justified only in cases involving “severe and specific emotional distress” allegations. Since plaintiff alleged “garden variety” emotional distress stemming from defendant’s allegedly wrongful conduct, the discovery must be narrowed as follows: “specific references to serious, non-transient emotional distress in connection with the incidents described in their Complaint,” i.e., diagnosable conditions, visits to professionals for treatment of distress, treatment regimens and conversations regarding same; time frame limited from date contained in complaint of onset of difficulties to the date of filing of complaint; production limited to information found in a typical download of data from plaintiffs’ own accounts and plaintiffs “need not engage in extraordinary efforts in obtaining responsive information.”

Nature of Case: Employment discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: Social media posts

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Boegh v. Harless (W.D. Ky. 2021)

Key Insight: The pro se plaintiff was ordered to produce social media (Facebook) content relating to the events at issue in the amended complaint. Based on his public Facebook posts, plaintiff commented extensively on the case and identified evidence and witnesses. Plaintiff argued that defendants already had the information from the public posts, but the court found there is a strong indication plaintiff was withholding relevant and discoverable evidence that was private in his account.

Nature of Case: Civil rights – personal injury

Electronic Data Involved: Social media

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Abedin v. Palominos Osorio (N.Y.A.D. Nov. 12, 2020)

Key Insight: The court granted defendant’s motion to compel the minor plaintiff to sign authorizations to obtain her social media information. “[D]efendant demonstrated that records from [plaintiff’s] Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram accounts were ‘reasonably likely to yield relevant evidence.’” The ESI was relevant to alleged emotional and mental trauma plaintiff suffered as a result of the accident as evidenced by her social isolation and withdrawal.

Nature of Case: Personal injuries

Electronic Data Involved: Social media

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Berg v. M & F Western Products, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2020)

Key Insight: Defendant filed a Motion to Compel Plaintiff that was granted by the Court. The Court ordered Plaintiff to conduct a full search of all documents in hard and electronic formats conduct, including but not limited to all data on social media platforms, demand letters issued by Plaintiff or his counsel to third parties referencing this case, documents and materials of Plaintiff’s company, and documents and materials related to the litigation that are in the custody and control of Plaintiff’s current or prior lawyers. The Motion’s request(s) that Plaintiff be compelled to attend his deposition and testify at trial in-person were denied.

Nature of Case: Copyright Infringement

Electronic Data Involved: Social Media, Electronic Documents

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Denson v. Corp. of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (D. Utah, 2020)

Key Insight: Plaintiff’s explanation regarding loss of evidence had changed and court ruled that defendant was entitled to have a third party collect and preserve the evidence. Plaintiff offered passwords to accounts, but court was concerned about possible destruction given Plaintiff’s changing explanation regarding social media accounts and recording.

Nature of Case: Sexual Assault

Electronic Data Involved: Electronic Devices and Cloud Based Accounts; Recording of conversation

Keywords: invasion of privacy, loss of evidence

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Rodriguez-Ruiz v. Microsoft Operations Puerto Rico (District of Puerto Rico, 2020)

Key Insight: Social media posts are generally not protected by privacy concerns, but discovery of social media posts do need to be limited and proportional to the case’s needs

Nature of Case: Wrongful termination

Electronic Data Involved: Social media posts

Keywords: Privacy, Facebook, Microsoft, wrongful termination, ADA, social media

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White v. Relay Res. & Gen. Servs. Admin. (United States District Court, W.D. Washington, 2020)

Key Insight: good faith effort, a reasonable effort to respond must be made, obstructive and dilatory

Nature of Case: employment discrimination

Keywords: vague broad objections, Failing to fully investigate the case is not an excuse from making initial disclosures

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Guarisco v. Boh Brothers Construction, No. 18-7514 (E.D. La. Oct. 3, 2019).

Key Insight: Party could still be sanctioned to pay expert fees where party unsuccessfully altered evidence.

Nature of Case: Automobile accident.

Electronic Data Involved: Photographs and videos.

Keywords: “altering” “deleting” “deliberate[ly]” “computer scientist” “Facebook post”

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Mercado-Cordova v. Walmart Puerto Rico et al (D.P.R., 2019)

Key Insight: inadvertent failure to preserve email evidence leads to monetary sanctions and adverse inference but no termination

Nature of Case: employment

Electronic Data Involved: pictures

Keywords: deleting facebook

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