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5
May

Facebook: A Multi-Purpose Tool in Litigation

The majority of cases involving the discoverability of Facebook posts relate to damages or impeachment evidence in personal injury cases, as we have outlined in a previous post.  However, in a unique situation, a Facebook post served as an important piece of evidence that the plaintiff’s cause of action for damages from a defective medical …

24
Apr

Social Media Continues to Impact Litigation

Social media continues to influence not just the news, but litigation as well.  Courts recently have been forced to address the discovery and use of social media posts for impeachment purposes and in other substantive contexts. Since the firm posted Heather Reznik’s article “Discovery of Social Media Sites Explained” in September 2015, all three United …

12
Jan

U.S. Fifth Circuit Refines Test for Maritime Contract Determination

The U.S. Fifth Circuit recently announced a new, simpler test for determining whether a contract is maritime. Since 1990, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has applied the multi-factor test found in Davis & Sons, Inc. v. Gulf Oil Corp., 919 F.2d 316 (5th Cir. 1990), in determining whether a contract is maritime and …