Tom Cartmell of Wagstaff & Cartmell Tapped to Lead in Social Media Litigation – Appointed to JCCP and MDL Sub-Committee

We have significant updates regarding the ongoing legal actions against major social media platforms. The Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl, a California state judge, recently ruled in favor of adolescents and parents, allowing the progression of negligence and fraud claims against Meta (Facebook and Instagram), Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube.

Tom Cartmell is set to play a crucial role in these cases. He will serve on the Local Government Entities Sub-Committee of the MDL litigation in Northern California and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the JCCP for the federal multidistrict litigation.

This legal endeavor is unprecedented, seeking to hold tech giants accountable for the emotional and physical harm (i.e. suicidal ideation, eating disorders, mental health issues) resulting from social media addiction among youth. The lawsuits argue that these platforms are designed to maximize profits by manipulating and addicting kids and adolescents to social media, with many victims suffering personal injuries due to their addictions.

Wagstaff & Cartmell has a history of representing numerous school districts nationwide in claims of nuisance and negligence arising from social media’s harmful impact on education systems.  We are enthusiastic about taking additional steps to hold these social media firms responsible. If you or someone you know has experienced a personal injury due to social media use, please reach out today to Lucy Davis at or (816) 701-1130.

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