Court Can Require Social Media Records To Be Produced, But Request Should Be Narrowly Tailored

A recent decision by an appellate court in New York reversed an order by a lower court that required disclosure of social media information of an injured party involved in a motorcycle accident and subsequent lawsuit over alleged defects in the motorcycle.  Suzuki, the manufacturer of the motorcycle, requested “the entire contents” of his social media accounts and the lower court so ordered.  The plaintiff had objected to producing this information on the grounds of relevance and burden, contending that the demand was merely a “fishing expedition.”  The appellate court agreed holding that the request was overly broad and not narrowly-tailored to seek “only that social-media-based information that relates to the claimed injuries arising from the accident.” [Appellate Court Decision]

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I am an intellectual property attorney and trial lawyer with an office in Southern California. I enjoy representing clients and also enjoy flyfishing, skiing, golf, writing this blog and photography (see blog header). My website is: http://www.smartpropertylaw.com
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