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Twitter Adds Legal Muscle in Suit Over Surveillance Disclosures

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 04, 2016

Twitter Inc. has added firepower to its legal team in a suit challenging limits on what companies can divulge about surveillance requests in national security investigations.

Mayer Brown partner Andrew Pincus, a top appellate advocate who has argued 25 cases to the U.S. Supreme Court, entered an appearance for Twitter on Wednesday. Palo Alto partners Lee Rubin and Donald Falk will also represent the social-media company. They join a team from Perkins Coie that includes Bay Area intellectual and privacy partner James Snell; the firm's Seattle-based appellate chief, Eric Miller; and Washington, D.C.-based privacy law expert Michael Sussman.

Under the current framework, companies can provide aggregate disclosures about their compliance with federal surveillance orders. For instance, companies such as Twitter and Facebook can share the total number of customer accounts subject to orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but only in bands of 1,000.

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