In re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation

Filing 553

RESPONSE in Support re 543 Joint Ex Parte Application re 536 MOTION for Summary Judgment in the State CasesJoint Ex Parte Application re 536 MOTION for Summary Judgment in the State Cases filed byDavid L. Cowie. (Paterson, John) (Filed on 1/26/2009)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Zachary L. Heiden heiden@mclu.org Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation John M.R. Paterson jpaterson@bernsteinshur.com Christopher B. Branson cbb@mpmlaw.com ATTORNEYS FOR INTERVENORS JAMES DOUGLAS COWIE ET AL. William Vallee William.Vallee@ct.gov ATTORNEY FOR INTERVENOR STATE OF CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF CONSUMER COUNSEL UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION ) ) ) ) ) This Document Relates To: ) Robert Clayton, et al. v. AT&T, Communications of the Southwest, Inc., et al., ) ) (W.D. Mo.), ) USA v. Clayton, et al., (E.D. Mo.), ) USA v. Kurt Adams, et al., (D. Me.), ) USA v. Zulima V. Farber, et al., (D. N.J.), USA v. Anthony J. Palermino, et al., (D. Ct.), ) USA v. James Volz, et al., (D. Vt.). ) ) IN RE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS RECORDS LITIGATION, MDL No. 1791 MDL Docket No. 06-1791 VRW INTERVENORS' MOTION IN SUPPORT OF STATE OFFICIALS' EX PARTE MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE Courtroom: 6, 17th Floor Judge: Hon. Vaughn R. Walker Hearing: April 1, 2009 INTERVENORS James Douglas Cowie et al. and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel hereby state their support for the State Officials' Ex Parte Motion For Continuance (Document Number 543), filed with this Court on January 15, 2009. Like the State Officials, 27 28 Intervenors believe that the Court and the parties will benefit from the clarification of legal 1 2 3 concerns that will likely accompany the Court's ruling on the pending dispositive motions in the private plaintiff cases. In the event that this Court should hold that 802 of FISAA is unconstitutional, such ruling could have an impact on the government's pending Motion for 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Summary Judgment in these cases. Intervenors therefore fully and unequivocally support the State Officials' Motion and request that the Court continue briefing and oral arguments in the state cases until the Court has ruled on the pending dispositive motions in the private plaintiff cases. Dated: January 26, 2009 /s/ Zachary L. Heiden Zachary L. Heiden Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation 401 Cumberland Avenue, Suite 105 Portland, Maine 04101 (207) 774-5444 heiden@mclu.org John M.R. Paterson Bernstein Shur 100 Middle Street P.O. Box 9729 Portland, ME 04104-5029 (207) 774-1200 jpaterson@bernsteinshur.com Christopher B. Branson Murray Plumb & Murray 75 Pearl Street P.O. Box 9785 Portland, Maine 04104 Attorneys for Intervenors James Cowie, et al. /s/ William Vallee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 William Vallee State of Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel 10 Franklin Square New Britain, CT 06051 (860) 827-2905 William.Vallee@ct.gov Attorney for Intervenor Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

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