Courts Struggle To Lay Out Social Media Discovery Limits
By Abigail Rubenstein (September 20, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT) -- A California judge's recent rejection of Home Depot Inc.'s bid for broad access to social networking posts made by a former employee bringing a discrimination lawsuit shows that courts are still grappling with where to draw the line on discovery from social media sites, attorneys say.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal on Sept. 7 said the bulk of the retailer's request for discovery of former employee Danielle Mailhoit's communications from sites like Facebook and LinkedIn was too broad, even though she acknowledged that Home Depot had modeled its request on what another court had allowed in a different bias suit involving...
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