Focus Area: Reasonable Disclosure of Materials
Forman v. Henkin, 2018 NY Slip Op 01015, 30 N.Y.3d 656, 70 N.Y.S.3d 157, 93 N.E.3d 882
Plaintiff alleged she fell from a horse owned by Defendant and suffered traumatic injuries. During
discovery, Defendant sought materials from Plaintiff’s Facebook account that she had deactivated about
six months after the accident.
Defendants asked the judge for an unlimited authorization to obtain the entire private Facebook
account and Plaintiff objected. Defendant argued that the material was necessary to their defense.
Plaintiff argued Defendant failed to establish a legal basis for the search of her account even though
Plaintiff’s counsel could not affirm they had reviewed the Facebook account themselves.
Note: This case is a NY Court of Appeals case. In New York State, the Court of Appeals is the highest
Using the Forman case, answer the following questions:
(A) What did Defendant demand in its discovery requests regarding Plaintiff’s Facebook account? How
did the Plaintiff respond? Explain why.
(B) What elements did the Court of Appeals consider when it reviewed the lower court’s decision?
(C) “While Facebook—and sites like it—offer relatively new means of sharing information with others, there is
nothing so novel about Facebook materials that precludes application of New York’s long-standing disclosure
rules to resolve this dispute.”
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Analyze the Court’s statement and explain how the Court viewed public and private social media
accounts differently than the Appellate Court.
(D) Why did the Court of Appeals reverse the Appellate Court’s decision? What arguments did it rely
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