National Security Can't Get NSA Off Hook In Surveillance Suit
By Jeff Sistrunk
Law360, Los Angeles (July 8, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge handed a win to plaintiffs suing the National Security Agency over alleged surveillance of American citizens when he ruled Monday that the government couldn't invoke national security concerns to escape the lawsuit, but he also said sovereign immunity barred some of the proposed class's claims.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White granted partial summary judgment to named plaintiff Carolyn Jewel, prohibiting the federal government from invoking the so-called state secrets privilege to dodge the lawsuit. The government sought to have the suit dismissed by...