Tag: Text Message

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Allen v. PPE Casino Resorts Maryland, LLC (D. Md. 2021)
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Nevis v. Rideout Memorial Hospital, et al. (Eastern District of California, 2020)
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Schmidt v. Shifflett, 1:18-cv-00663-KBM-LF (D.N.M. Aug. 6, 2019).
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Wolff v. United Airlines, Inc., No. 1:18-cv-00591-RM-SKC (D. Colo. Sep. 17, 2019).
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In re Verizon Wireless (D. Md., 2019)
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Shim-Larkin v. City of New York, 16-CV-6099 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2019)
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Laub v. Horbaczewski, No. 2:17-CV-06210 JAK (KSx) (C.D. Cal. July 30, 2019).
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Hardy v. UPS Ground Freight, Inc. (D. Mass., 2019)
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Herzig et al. v. Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Inc. (District Court of Western Arkansas, 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

Case Summary

Key Insight: Court rejected additional discovery based off proportionality and discovery already produced. There was no additional proof of unproduced, relevant texts.

Electronic Data Involved: Text Messages

Keywords: additional discovery, proportionality

Nevis v. Rideout Memorial Hospital, et al. (Eastern District of California, 2020)

Key Insight: Plaintiff was made aware that he had to preserve his phone records and text records and than failed to do so

Nature of Case: personal injury and liability

Electronic Data Involved: plaintiff’s cell phone and text messages

Keywords: spoliation, text messages, phone records, cell phone, preservation

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Schmidt v. Shifflett, 1:18-cv-00663-KBM-LF (D.N.M. Aug. 6, 2019).

Key Insight: Severe sanctions will not be granted where bad faith cannot be proved and no prejudice.

Nature of Case: Automobile collision.

Electronic Data Involved: Mobile phone data.

Keywords: intentional destruction, adverse inference

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Wolff v. United Airlines, Inc., No. 1:18-cv-00591-RM-SKC (D. Colo. Sep. 17, 2019).

Key Insight: Both sides moved for spoliation sanctions. Court was troubled by failure to suspend automatic deletion and loss of personal cell phone, but imposed no sanctions.

Nature of Case: Employee Termination/Discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: cell phones, company computer, notebooks

Keywords: spoliation; sanctions; automatic deletion

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Shim-Larkin v. City of New York, 16-CV-6099 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2019)

Key Insight: The obligation to preserve evidence in a workplace discrimination suit can extend to personal devices known to contain relevant material.

Nature of Case: workplace discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: text messages

Keywords: personal device, text message, obligation to preserve

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Laub v. Horbaczewski, No. 2:17-CV-06210 JAK (KSx) (C.D. Cal. July 30, 2019).

Key Insight: Did not withhold irrelevant texts. Judge denied clawback for relevance.

Nature of Case: Contract

Electronic Data Involved: Text Messages

Keywords: clawback, relevance

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Hardy v. UPS Ground Freight, Inc. (D. Mass., 2019)

Key Insight: whether failure to provide text messages talked was spoliation of evidence

Nature of Case: employment discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: forensic imaging of plaintiff’s cell phone, relevant text messages

Keywords: text messages, forensic imaging of cell phone, spoliation

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Herzig et al. v. Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Inc. (District Court of Western Arkansas, 2019)

Key Insight: Responsive communications were intentionally withheld and destroyed when the plaintiffs switched to an encrypted communication app

Nature of Case: wrongful termination and age discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: emails, text messages.

Keywords: Intentional spoliation, bad faith, encrypted communication application

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