Social media: Can it champion notice to litigants & due process protection?

Posted on 07-31-2015 by
Tags: social media , Labor & Employment Law , Trending News & Topics , Employment Law

The relationship between the legal profession and social media has been a work-in-progress for a while, but recently seems to heading toward a brighter future. According to Food Recall Monitor, litigators have become more social savvy and provided three cases that show how social media has played a role as well as any support of the use of it in a case:

Mark v. Gawker Media LLC,  1:13-cv-04347

Judge approved the use of social media to notify supposed class members of a pending wage and hour class action lawsuit.  

Mincing Trading Corp. v. Aromatic Ingredients S.A.E., 13-cv-931

The Service of process of the Summons and Complaint was rendered impossible due to the civil unrest in Egypt. After Cozen O’Connor found the Egyptian supplier on LinkedIn and already having its e-mail address, he asked the District Court Judge in New Jersey who presiding over the case for leave to use alternative methods of service via these media platforms. The court would allow the request.

 Mpafe v. Mpafe

“[t]he traditional way to get service by publication is antiquated and is prohibitively expensive…[s]ervice is critical, and technology provides a cheaper and hopefully more effective way of finding respondent.”

 

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