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(l-r) Amr Razzak, Stacy Kray, and Kelsey Merrick, with Skadden. (l-r) Amr Razzak, Stacy Kray and Kelsey Merrick, with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

In 2017, Massachusetts teen Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for having urged her boyfriend, via text messages, to commit suicide, see Commonwealth v. Carter, 115 N.E.3d 559 (Mass. 2019), petition for cert. docketed sub nom. Carter v. Massachusetts, U.S. (July 11, 2019). The case, which has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, set off a firestorm of debate about the circumstances under which text messaging and social media use should lead to liability.

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