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Can the NSA Legally Collect Telephone Metadata?

Earlier this month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the third federal appellate court this year to hear argument on the legality of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata....more

High Price Paid for Errors in Disclosure: Court of Appeal Permits use of Inadvertently Disclosed Privileged Documents

In Rawlinson and Hunter Trustees S.A. & ors v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2014] EWCA Civ 1129, 31 July 2014, the Court of Appeal held that the inadvertent disclosure of a privileged document must be an obvious...more

Another Blow to Call Recording Class Actions

Back in February, the California Court of Appeal in Hataishi v. First American Home Buyers Protection Corp., 223 Cal. App. 4th 1454 (Feb. 21, 2014), dealt a significant blow to call recording class actions across California. ...more

Civil Antitrust Attorneys Receive Wire-Tap Evidence

The Canada Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that civil antitrust plaintiffs may receive wire-tap evidence obtained in the criminal investigation into an alleged price-fixing scheme by several large gas companies. During...more

Behind the Great Firewall Of Ediscovery In Asia

When dealing with US requests for data subject to ediscovery rules in Asia, corporate counsel at multinational corporations must be on top of their game. Managing ediscovery in the United States alone presents a significant...more

The Police Have The Right To Remain Silent Too: The Supreme Court Rules On The Disclosure Of Police Reports Under The FOIA

The Connecticut Supreme Court has resolved an intense debate about what law enforcement agencies are required to release with regard to arrest records and associated reports. This decision could affect the ability of school...more

Microsoft loses third round of battle against extra-territorial warrants

On 31 July, the chief judge of the Southern District of New York delivered the latest in a series of controversial judgments stemming from a test case brought by Microsoft in an extra-territorial warrant issued under the U.S....more

Status Updates - August 2014 #2

..May a lawyer ethically instruct a client to delete potentially damaging information from a client’s Facebook page? According to a new ethics opinion from the Philadelphia Bar Association, yes, so long as the information is...more

Legal Updates for Government Entities Covering May and June 2014

Arizona Court of Appeals (heading) Immunity under A.R.S. § 12-820.03 Glazer v. State of Arizona, --P.3d--, 2014 WL949114 (Ariz.App. 2014) This case arises out of a cross-over crash on I-10 south of...more

New York’s Shield Law Follows New York Reporters Wherever They May Roam

On Dec. 10, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals resoundingly reaffirmed the important public policy underlying the New York statutory scheme that allows New York journalists to preserve the anonymity of their confidential...more

Discovery Evolutions Hold Promise for Greater Privacy Benefits for Litigants

For most civil litigants, discovery is an unprecedented invasion of privacy. Private letters, notes to one’s self, off-the-cuff emails, financial details and transactions, photographs, and all other forms of memorializing...more

Matthew Chan v Linda Ellis

Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia Order

Matthew Chan filed this appeal from a stalking permanent protective order entered against him. He now asks that we transfer the case to the Supreme Court because one of the issues on appeal will be whether the trial court’s...more

Matthew Chan v Linda Ellis

Brief of Amicus Curiae Timothy B. McCormack

Pursuant to Rule 26, Mr. Timothy B. McCormack hereby submits this Brief of Amicus Curiae in support of Appellee Linda Ellis (“Ellis”). Mr. McCormack is an attorney licensed in the State of Washington and other state and...more

Matthew Chan v Linda Ellis

Brief of Appellee Linda Ellis

Appellee Linda Ellis (hereafter, “Appellee”, “Linda Ellis”, or “Ms. Ellis”) respectfully responds to the Brief of Appellant (hereafter, “Appellant” or “Chan”) appealing the Stalking Permanent Protective Order issued pursuant...more

Serving Process, User Harassment and Misappropriation of User Likenesses: A Review of Recent Cases Involving Facebook

Along with Google, no entity is more ubiquitous on the internet these days than Facebook. Expectedly, the social networking giant, which was recently valued at over 100 billion dollars, has found itself involved in a surfeit...more

Has Katz Become Quaint? Use Of Big Data To Outflank The Fourth Amendment

Introduction - On December 14, 2010, a federal court, upon a government motion, entered an order pursuant to the Stored Communications Act (SCA) requiring Twitter to turn over to the government subscriber information...more

Governmental Authority in Accessing Private Information of Internet Users in China

The revelation of the U.S. mass data collection program PRISM has triggered a worldwide discussion about the government’s access to the private communications of Internet users....more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Public Records - Pitchess Motion Not Required to Disclose Officers Named in Independent Report

Overview: A California appellate court recently upheld the release of two reports disclosing the names of UC Davis police officers who were videotaped pepper spraying nonviolent, seated protestors at close range. ...more

Think Your Tweets are Private? Think Again

Many mistakenly believe that their tweets and other social media posts are private and are protected at least to some degree from court-ordered production. However, that is not reality, at least for public tweets. Recently,...more

OCC Seeks Reconsideration Of Order Requiring Disclosure Of Non-Public Documents Related To Bank’s AML/CTF Compliance

On April 24, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York stayed an order that would have required a bank to disclose non-public supervisory information subject to the bank examination privilege. Wultz v....more

Court Denies Motion for Class Certification in Hannaford

In an order surely to reverberate with both the plaintiffs’ and defense bar, on March 20, 2013, Judge D. Brock Hornby of the United States District Court for the District of Maine denied the plaintiffs’ motion to certify a...more

Vermont Issues Significant eDiscovery / Fourth Amendment Decision

In civil litigation, eDiscovery disputes hardly ever rise to the level of constitutional importance. But in the criminal arena, the rules are different....more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Marital Privilege Does Not Apply To Emails Exchanged Using Employer’s Computer

On December 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the marital privilege does not protect information included in emails exchanged via a spouse’s employer-owned computer and network. United States v....more

Can Twitter Protect a User’s Information?

Data obtained from social networking websites continues to become more essential to developing a parties’ case. Production of that data, however, has become more burdensome for the companies developing the technology. For...more

What is the result if I do not comply with a court order?

If you are unsure how to comply with a court order or have been accused of contempt of court or are wondering what could happen if it is found that you did not comply with a court order, then you want to give this your...more

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