Barry v. Medtronic: District Court Orders Strict Limits on Social Media Contacts with Potential Jurors
As the patent infringement case between Mark Barry, M.D. ("Barry") and Medtronic approached trial, the district court informed the parties that it intended to provide the parties with a list of potential jurors to assist counsel in preparing for voir dire. As a result, the district court issued guidelines on permissible jury investigation on social media.
First, the district court ordered that the parties and their agents, including jury consultants, were prohibited from communicating with any juror or potential juror or family members of any such potential jurors.