Cisco Dodges Chinese Dissidents' Suit Over Surveillance IT

Law360, New York (February 27, 2014, 8:10 PM EST) -- A Maryland federal court on Monday tossed a group of Chinese dissidents' suit alleging Cisco Systems Inc. violated the Alien Tort Statute by helping to build a Chinese surveillance program used to crush dissent.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit over China’s Golden Shield Project that monitors Internet activities, ruling that the act of state doctrine prevents the suit from proceeding. The doctrine holds that courts of one country cannot judge the acts of a foreign country’s government...
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