Sep 302010
 September 30, 2010  Posted by  Court, Laws, Online, Surveillance

Evan Brown writes:

Beluga Shipping GMBH & Co. KS Beluga Fantastic v. Suzlon Energy LTD., 2010 WL 3749279 (N.D. Cal., Sept. 23, 2010)

Court rules that under the Stored Communications Act, account holder consent is required to obtain copies of emails in Google’s possession. Before you issue a subpoena seeking copies of emails, read Beluga Shipping.

Suzlon is the third largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. In an action pending in the Federal Court in New South Wales Australia, Suzlon brought cross claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against several of its former employees who were imprisoned in India.

Suzlon believed that its former employees used internet mail accounts hosted by Google to perpetrate their fraud. Therefore, it filed a petition under 28 U.S.C. §1782 to obtain discovery from Google. 28 U.S.C. §1782 provides the means by which parties to a foreign proceeding can obtain discovery in the United States for use in that proceeding. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply in §1782 proceedings unless the court prescribes a different procedure to follow. In Beluga Shipping, the district court applied the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Read more about the case and opinion on Practical eDiscovery.

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