Litigation Briefs

Opening Brief to the Ninth Circuit re Motion to Unseal (Facebook Messenger)

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
June 12, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Opening brief of Movants-Appellants EFF, ACLU, and Riana Pfefferkorn to the Ninth Circuit in our appeal from the district court's denial of our motion to unseal filings in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 

Amicus Brief in Mobley v. State

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
May 7, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Brief of amici curiae ACLU, ACLU of Georgia, and Riana Pfefferkorn in support of appellant Victor Mobley in Mobley v. State, a Georgia Supreme Court case presenting the question of whether the Fourth Amendment requires a warrant for the seizure of digital data stored by a vehicle -- specifically, a car's event data recorder (EDR).

Order Denying Petition to Unseal

Publication Date: 
May 20, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Opinion and order affirming magistrate judge's report and recommendation (R&R) to deny the Petition to Unseal filed by Riana Pfefferkorn and Jennifer Granick, and overruling our objections to the R&R.

Order Denying Motions to Unseal

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Order denying motions by Riana Pfefferkorn and others to unseal the docket and court's legal reasoning in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 

Brief of Amici Curiae Former U.S. Magistrate Judges in Support of Petitioners

Author(s): 
Stephen Wm. Smith
Publication Date: 
January 25, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief
Amicus brief of former magistrate judges, including CIS Director of Fourth Amendment and Open Courts Stephen Wm. Smith, in support of Petitioners-Appellants Jason Leopold and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed in the D.C. Circuit. The petition in the court below sought to unseal certain sealed surveillance matters in the District of D.C.'s docket and also sought prospective changes to enhance the transparency of the court's surveillance docket going forward.
 

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