Gov't Request For Lavabit Key Too Broad, 4th Circ. Told

Law360, New York (November 25, 2013, 10:09 PM EST) -- Lavabit LLC on Friday pushed the Fourth Circuit to reject the government's argument that the secure email provider has an obligation to turn over its private encryption key, saying such a holding would unlawfully transform companies into “junior surveillance adjuncts.”

In a reply brief, the company and its owner, Ladar Levison, struck back at the U.S. Department of Justice's contention that the defendants have no grounds for challenging a contempt-of-court ruling issued by a district judge in August for resisting a government subpoena and search warrant...
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Case Information

Case Title

In re: Under Seal

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Appellate - 4th Circuit

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Date Filed

August 29, 2013

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