Court OKs immunity for telecoms in wiretap case
- Court OKs immunity for telecoms in wiretap case
December 30, 2011| Jason Dearen, Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled as constitutional a law giving
telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the government with its
email and telephone eavesdropping program.
Thursday’s unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision regarding the 2008 law.
The appeal concerned a case that consolidated 33 different lawsuits filed
against various telecom companies, including AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon
Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. on behalf of these companies’
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