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EFF Praise For Court's Privacy Decision
Judge Neil Cabrinha of the Santa Clara County Superior Court denied a subpoena request by Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. seeking the identities of eight people who had criticized Pre-Paid on a message board. Pre-Paid execs could not be reached for comment. It's not known if they'll appeal.
Cabrinha denied Pre-Paid's request on First Amendment grounds. Lawyers for the company had said Pre-Paid needed to know if the eight individuals were former Pre-Paid sales staff who had voluntarily agreed not to reveal sales secrets. The foundation defended two of the eight, arguing that their postings were merely critical of Pre-Paid and its treatment of salespeople. Requiring them to reveal their identities would let the company punish the two for speaking out and discourage others from criticizing via the Internet, foundation attorneys argued.
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