In the blog post that Michelle posted it says that both ACLU and Cooley, LLP are working
pro bono. (Which is pretty sweet!) Does that answer your question?
Subject: Publicpolicy Digest, Vol 40, Issue 19
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:00:12 +0000
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1. Wikimedia v. NSA Update - District court grants gov't motion
to dismiss (Michelle Paulson)
2. Re: Wikimedia v. NSA Update - District court grants gov't
motion to dismiss (Fæ)
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:31:38 -0400
From: Michelle Paulson <mpaulson(a)wikimedia.org>
Subject: [Publicpolicy] Wikimedia v. NSA Update - District court
grants gov't motion to dismiss
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Yesterday, a federal district court granted the government's motion to
dismiss our Wikimedia v. NSA
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_v._NSA> case. For those
of you familiar with procedural rules, the Judge T.S. Ellis III dismissed
the case on standing <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_%28law%29>
grounds. What this means is that the court believed that we, along with our
co-plaintiffs, were unable to plausibly allege that the NSA is capturing
our communications. The ruling *did not* reach the substance and merits of
We respectfully disagree with the decision and plan on appealing. This was
not an unexpected outcome at this point in the litigation, and our counsel
at ACLU feel that this is a strong posture for appeal.
We continue to feel that the NSA’s mass surveillance poses a serious threat
to privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom of association -- rights
that are essential to the Wikimedia movement, rights that we will continue
to fight for. We thank the community for all of the support you have shown
for this effort throughout this process.
Please see our blog post
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