Shubert v. Obama

This class action, filed in the wake of the New York Times’ revelation in 2005 of President Bush’s program of dragnet, warrantless surveillance of Americans’ telephone and Internet communications, is the longest surviving challenge to NSA surveillance. Brought by a private law firm, Shubert is one of the lawsuits that was consolidated in 2006 with the Hepting case, described in (1) above, for litigation in the federal district court in the Northern District of California. Unlike Hepting, Shubert survived the enactment of the retroactive immunity provisions of the FISA Amendments Act, as it was brought against government defendants, rather than telecommunications providers.

The documents in the heavily litigated Shubert case are available at


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