John B. Kearney, a Ballard Spahr partner who heads the firm’s litigation practice in New Jersey, has contributed a chapter on how social media is being used in litigation and how the courts are responding to this trend to Understanding the Use of Social Media in Litigation: Leading Lawyers on New Evidence Collection Methods and Necessary Precautions for Clients, a new book published by Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business.

His chapter, “Current Trends in Litigation Involving the Use of Social Media,” explores issues including the impact of social media on electronic discovery, how it is transforming the handling of cases before and during trial, and its use at trial by attorneys and jurors.

“Social media postings on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are increasingly being examined as evidence that can affect the outcome of a case,” Mr. Kearney said. “These sources also open up new avenues for tracking down witnesses and assessing potential jurors. But their use also raises important ethical considerations, so lawyers must tread carefully when seeking to take advantage of them.”

Part of Aspatore’s Inside the Minds™ series, the 128-page book provides an authoritative, insider’s perspective on the latest trends involving the role of social media for both plaintiffs and defendants. It guides readers through topics such as discovery standards, privilege or privacy claims, and authentication. We invite you to read excerpts of Mr. Kearney’s chapter.

For more information, or to order Understanding the Use of Social Media in Litigation, call 1.888.728.7677 or visit Aspatore Books.

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