Here Are the Legal Generals Behind Apple's Brawl With the FBI

"Winning the privacy fight isn’t guaranteed, because of the limited reach of the Brooklyn ruling. “It’s important to note from a legal standpoint there is absolutely no precedent,” said Larry Downes, project director at the Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy. “Magistrate judges’ rulings have no precedential value.”

That’s also true of the coming ruling in California. It’s expected to be appealed, ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court, said Albert Gidari, a retired lawyer who recommended Zwillinger for the first case he handled for Apple, a 2011 class-action suit over iPhone location tracking that was later dismissed."