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EFF Battles Gambit to Freeze Telecom Surveillance Cases

PRESS RELEASE
February 5, 2007

Friday Hearing on Motion to Stay Proceedings During Appeal

San Francisco - On Friday, February 9, at 2 p.m., the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue that lawsuits against a number of major telecommunications companies for illegally assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on millions of ordinary Americans should go forward, regardless of the government's attempt to overturn the judge's previous ruling in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The government is appealing U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision not to dismiss Hepting v. AT&T, EFF's case accusing AT&T of collaborating with the NSA in the illegal electronic surveillance. The government has argued that all proceedings before Judge Walker in Hepting -- and in more than 40 other NSA-related cases against additional telecommunications companies transferred to Walker's court -- should be stayed pending the outcome of that appeal.

Also Friday, the judge will hear arguments on whether motions to dismiss should be re-litigated in all of the remaining telecom surveillance cases against Verizon, MCI, Sprint, BellSouth and others, or if the Hepting v. AT&T Order should apply to those as well.

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

WHAT:
NSA telecommunications records lawsuits

WHEN:
2 p.m.
Friday, February 9

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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