Kazakh Man Can't Get Google Data In Asset Freeze Suit

Law360 (July 24, 2019, 7:56 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit panel has tossed a lower court’s decision to let a Kazakh banker’s son-in-law subpoena subscriber data from Google in U.K. proceedings over his alleged role in the theft of $500 million from the bank, finding that the circumstances surrounding the request have “changed dramatically.”

The suit revolves around Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank’s allegations that Ilyas Khrapunov conspired to help his father-in-law and former bank chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov dodge a worldwide asset freeze by plundering the $500 million.

During the long-running litigation in the English courts, Khrapunov filed an application for certain subscriber information from Google in a California...

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