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Subpoenas Of Google, Twitter In Reporter's Assault Suit OK'd

Law360 (July 6, 2018, 2:08 PM EDT) -- A man accused of sending a seizure-inducing tweet to journalist Kurt Eichenwald cannot block the Newsweek writer's civil subpoenas of Google, Twitter and others to reveal who pledged money toward the defendant's legal defense and statements people made about the incident, a federal judge in Maryland has ruled.

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said Thursday that defendant John Rivello of Maryland does not have standing to challenge a third-party subpoena unless he alleges some kind of "personal right or privilege" is at stake.

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Case Information

Case Title

Eichenwald v. Rivello

Case Number




Nature of Suit

Assault Libel & Slander


James K. Bredar

Date Filed

April 24, 2017

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