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Juror Booted for Facebook-Friending Defendant

Social media continues to pose problems for courts across the country, as a Florida man was kicked off a civil trial jury after trying to friend a defendant on Facebook. The juror, Jacob Jock, was in a jury pool for a personal injury lawsuit involving a traffic accident, and said he decided to look up people in the case to see if he knew them. When he came across the female defendant’s profile, Jock claims he “accidentally friend requested her,” when he didn’t think he’d get picked for the jury. The Florida case is just the latest in a series of incidents...

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Social Media Discovery

Posted On: November 2, 2011 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr. Defense lawyers are looking for serious personal injury victims to post this picture on Facebook Social media is all the rage for defendants' personal injury lawyers. In the olden days, the only really fun Perry Mason moments from discovery for defense lawyers was surveillance video. Out of the 10,000 times the insurance company would do surveillance, someone would hit a "guy who claims he is in a wheelchair runs a 6 minute mile" jackpot. When I started as an associate, the partner I worked for told over and over again, one "got ya"...

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How Using Social Media Can Harm Your Case

An innocent "tweet" could cost you big money. Social Media is continuing to explode in usage and is a huge part of our collective hyper-connected daily lives. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace and other forms of social media can, however, seriously harm your personal injury or medical malpractice case. Insurance companies, adjusters, investigators, and defense attorneys will want to uncover as much information as they can about you to help undermine your case in an effort to pay you the least amount of money possible. You have the opportunity to afford them that chance by utilizing social media. In a case where a...

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