In her California Lawyer article “Internet Investigations for Effective Discovery,” Attorney Alexandra Hamilton discusses the various online resources available to aid attorneys in discovery. For example, in a recent premises liability case, the defendant claimed a defective ramp existed when the defendant purchased the property in the 1970s; however, Google Earth photos revealed that the ramp was absent in satellite pictures before 2008.
Hamilton also noted that when using online search engines, such as Google and Bing, start broadly with the individual’s name and narrow it down as you go. “The more unique the name or information you’re looking for, the less narrowing you will have to do,” wrote Hamilton. “Along with running searches of the name, include pertinent details such as an individual’s hometown, address, educational institutions, businesses or possible nicknames.”
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