Marcus Chatterton Quoted by American Bar Association Regarding Recent Social Media Ruling
Marcus Chatterton, attorney in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office and member of the Litigation Section, was quoted in the American Bar Association’s Litigation News publication on July 15, 2016, regarding attorneys examining what prospective jurors publicly disclose in online forums and on social media. The article discussed a recent decision by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which ruled that the lawyers in a prominent copyright suit may not research the public social media posts of their prospective jurors unless they fully disclose the extent of their research to each juror involved. Mr. Chatterton discussed his thoughts on the ruling and how it limits the use of a tool that trial lawyers have had the option to conduct research on since social media has risen to prominence. Mr. Chatterton is co-chair of the Copyright Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee.