9th Circ. Eases Subpoena Compliance For Yahoo, Others

By Allison Grande (April 16, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT) -- In a first for an appellate court, the Ninth Circuit on Monday reassured service providers such as Yahoo Inc. they need only to believe a law enforcement request for user information is valid to avoid legal liability, offering some much-needed guidance on how they should respond to the thousands of information requests they get every year.

In affirming the dismissal of a putative class action claiming Yahoo had violated the Stored Communications Act by complying with a Georgia criminal grand jury subpoena for information about subscriber Fayelynn Sams, the Ninth Circuit held that, as long as a subpoena appears valid on...

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