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Silva v. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
2015 WL 1275840 (2015)


Facts

Eric Silva (plaintiff) filed suit in federal district court pursuant to the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37 against his employer, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. (Dick’s) (defendant). The FMLA required employers to annually provide employees with leave for up to 12 work weeks in the event of childbirth, adoption, or a serious health condition suffered by the employee or an immediate family member. During discovery, Dick’s asked Silva to produce 2,254 pages of Facebook posts and messages to determine whether Silva had communicated any relevant information pertaining to the allegations made in his complaint. Silva produced some redacted Facebook documents, but refused the request to produce all 2,254 pages, citing the request as overly broad and unduly burdensome. Dick’s filed a motion to compel the production of Silva’s 2,254 pages of Facebook documents, including all Facebook documents made during work hours or referencing any alleged emotional distress.

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