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Google Required to Hand Over Foreign Stored Emails to Justice Department: eDiscovery Case Law

In the ruling In re Search Warrant No. 16-960-M-01 to Google, Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter ordered Google to comply with a search warrant to produce foreign-stored emails, disagreeing with the U.S. Court of...more

Google Ruling May Give Government an Opening to Broaden its Power Under Outdated Stored Communications Act

As technology progresses and the world becomes even more interconnected, the scope of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA” or “Act”) has become a topic of much interest in the federal courts. One question courts have grappled...more

US Magistrate Judge Upholds Search Warrants for Google Data Stored Overseas, “Shards” and All

Another front recently emerged in the legal battle over whether US law enforcement authorities can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to obtain data stored overseas. Until now, the battle...more

Recent Arizona appellate decisions of note to providers

With change, breaking news, and uncertainty dominating the legal concerns of health care providers on a federal level, it remains important to review and refresh on state-level concerns and legal rules. This is especially...more

To Obtain Data Abroad, Government Just Googles It

As technology companies expand globally they increasingly are storing customer electronic data in servers outside the United States. To keep apace, the Justice Department has become more creative in adapting existing legal...more

SEC Wins Freeze of $29 Million in Alleged Insider Trading Profits

Insider trading is a key enforcement priority as well as a controversial topic. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and the SEC have brought a series of highly successful and high profile insider trading cases....more

Does Facebook Have the Right to Challenge Search Warrants Seeking Facebook Users’ Data? New York’s Highest Court Hears Argument

Facebook is the latest social media giant to push back on law enforcement efforts to seek user information. On Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument in a case focusing on whether Facebook has the...more

Update: Email Privacy Act Passes House, Again

By voice vote on February 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act that would, among other things, require the federal government to obtain a warrant before compelling service providers to hand over...more

Litigation Alert: Pennsylvania Court Holds Google Must Produce Emails Stored Overseas

Last week, in In re Search Warrants Nos. 16-960-M-01and 16-1061-M to Google, a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Google to comply with three search warrants to turn over users’...more

Email Privacy Act Introduced With Bi-Partisan Support in the House

On January 9, 2017, lawmakers in the House re-introduced legislation, the Email Privacy Act, which, if enacted, would require the government to obtain a court-issued warrant to access electronic communications, including...more

The Digital Divide Widens: Data Stored on Foreign Servers Within Reach of U.S. Warrants

The rules defining privacy rights in the digital ether just became more complicated – and many didn’t believe that was possible. In a decision issued late Friday by a federal magistrate in Philadelphia, Google Inc. was...more

Second Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing of Stored Communications Act Decision in Microsoft Case

Last summer, in a closely watched decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit quashed a warrant issued to Microsoft seeking a customer’s electronic communications that the company had elected to store...more

Second Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing in Microsoft Email Case

On January 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied the Department of Justice’s request for an en banc rehearing in In the Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain Email Account Controlled and...more

Sharply Divided Circuit Denies Government’s En Banc Petition In Microsoft Appeal

In July 2016, the Second Circuit ruled that the Government could not employ a domestic search warrant, issued pursuant to the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2703 (the “SCA”), to compel disclosure of an email account...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Rehearing in Microsoft Case

Back in December 2013, a U.S. magistrate issued a seemingly routine warrant in a narcotics case demanding that Microsoft turn over messages from a customer’s email account that resided on a server in Ireland. That warrant,...more

Rule Change Expands Federal Courts’ Search Warrant Power Over Electronic Data

On December 1, 2016, a change to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41(b) took effect that allows federal courts to issue broad warrants for access to electronic communications and data. The former version of Rule 41(b)...more

Amendment to Criminal Procedure Rule 41 Impacts Data Privacy in U.S. and Abroad

On December 1, 2016, amended Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCP) went into effect, thus expanding federal law enforcement’s power to search and seize electronic data. The new rule will allow law...more

US Environmental Protection Agency Opens Criminal Investigation into Herbicide Spraying

According to articles in Missouri newspapers and other news outlets, federal agents recently executed search warrants in several counties in Missouri to probe possible criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide,...more

A New Chapter in the Cybersecurity? Is there a Role for Active Deterrence?

In the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, after Butch and Sundance rob Union Pacific Railroad (“Union Pacific”) the first time, Union Pacific employs a stronger safe. After Butch and Sundance rob Union Pacific a...more

Privacy and The Cell Phone: Arizona Says Yes

Arizona recently recognized a “legitimate expectation of privacy” in cell phones. The case was State v. Peoples, and the opinion was issued on September 12, 2016. The Peoples case was about the police’s search of a cell...more

How to Respond to Government Subpoenas and Document Requests That Ask for Personal Information

Federal and state agencies traditionally obtain information for law enforcement purposes using a variety of methods including... ...more

Government Investigations - How to Respond to a Search Warrant: 10 Practical Steps [Video]

In a highly regulated industry such as health care, it’s not uncommon to be the subject of a government investigation. In-house counsel and leadership must be prepared in advance for the possibility of a search warrant being...more

Marijuana Defense Attorney | Does the Odor of Marijuana Justify Probable Cause for a Search?

Can a cop search my home or vehicle without consent just because he smells marijuana? This question is one I field on a regular basis as new clients seek out an experienced marijuana defense attorney. “After all,” the...more

ACCC investigations: A short guide on what to do and how to prepare

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has powers to investigate potential breaches of competition and consumer law in Australia – including cartel conduct, anti-competitive arrangements, misuse of market...more

DOJ Responds to Microsoft Ireland' Decision With Proposed Legislation and Bilateral Agreements Allowing Cross-Border Data Searches

The recent appellate court decision in Microsoft Corp. v. United States, No. 14-2985, slip op. (2d Cir. July 14, 2016) (Microsoft Ireland), represents an important setback for the U.S. government’s aggressive extraterritorial...more

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