Twitter, Yahoo Hit With Gag Orders On Grand Jury Subpoenas

Law360, Chicago (May 19, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge has sided with prosecutors in their bid to stop Yahoo Inc. and Twitter Inc. from alerting users targeted by grand jury subpoenas, reversing a magistrate judge that took the unusual step of allowing the companies to challenge the gag orders, according to court documents unsealed Friday.

In separate opinions dated April 28, U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts found that there is "reason to believe" that disclosing the existence of the subpoenas or the government's effort to keep them under wraps would result in the destruction of evidence or otherwise threaten the investigations.

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