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Judge: Chevron can access its critics' private user information

After more than eight months of silence, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan recently issued a long-awaited decision on the enforceability of a subpoena served by Chevron on Microsoft in connection with Chevron’s lawsuit claiming that it has been the victim of a conspiracy in the $18.2 billion judgment against it for massive environmental contamination in Ecuador…The sweeping subpoena was one of three issued to Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft, demanding IP usage records and identity information for the holders of more than 100 email accounts, including environmental activists, journalists and attorneys… Kaplan’s decision upheld Chevron’s sweeping subpoena…According to Judge Kaplan, none of the accountholders could benefit from First Amendment protections since the accountholders had “not shown that they were U.S. citizens.”

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Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)

US judge upholds enforceability of Chevron subpoena served on Microsoft demanding private user information, including environmental advocates & journalists