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EFF and Government Face Off Over 'State Secrets' in San Francisco Courtroom

PRESS RELEASE
June 19, 2006

Friday Hearing Over Motions to Dismiss AT&T Surveillance Case

San Francisco - On Friday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m., a federal judge in San Francisco will hear oral arguments on the U.S. government's motion to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T.

EFF's suit accuses the telecom giant of collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in illegal spying on millions of ordinary Americans. The government contends that even if the NSA program is illegal, the lawsuit should not go forward because it might expose state secrets.

The judge will also consider AT&T's motions to dismiss the case in Friday's hearing. Additionally, he will hear requests from media organizations to intervene and unseal critical evidence filed in the lawsuit.

For more information about attending the hearing, please contact press@eff.org.

WHAT:
Hepting v. AT&T

WHEN:
June 23, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
450 Golden Gate Ave., Courtroom 6
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more on EFF's case against AT&T:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/

Contact:

Rebecca Jeschke
Media Coordinator
Electronic Frontier Foundation
press@eff.org

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