Add Social Networking To Your Litigation Toolbox

litigationtoolboxPlenty of attorneys use the traditional press as part of their litigation strategy—using Facebook and other social networking sites may be the next step.

A Vermont brewery fought off a copyright claim from Hansen Beverages, the company behind Monster energy drinks, in part by launching a viral internet campaign that included a Facebook page.

In many ways, using social media is no different than using more traditional media to gain leverage—especially in David versus Goliath type cases. Raising social awareness of a potential claim is many times much more persuasive than having a star witness. Using social media does not apply to all cases and potential claims. But when it does, it can be a powerful tool to add to your litigation arsenal.

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Randall Ryder
Randall sues debt collectors that harass consumers, assists consumers with student loan issues, and defends consumers in debt collection lawsuits. He is also an attorney instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School.


  1. Avatar Jim says:

    Only problem with this is that social played no role whatsoever in the Hansens/Rock Art situation. Rock Art did make a minor showing but it wasn’t a factor whatsoever in resolving the dispute. Nice theory, wrong example.

  2. I would love to hear more, can you clarify?

  3. Aaron Street Aaron Street says:

    @Jim –

    Are you saying the Vermont Public Radio story about the issue is false?

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