Eric Holder

The Eric Holder Fast and Furious Surveilance of the Press Case

The lead Plaintiff was an investigative reporter who sued Eric Holder, acting as the Attorney General of the United States.  In the case, the Plaintiffs claimed that the Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Service violated their constitutional rights…

In Federal Court, A Win is a Win

Any practicing attorney knows that when you file a lawsuit, you need to include all potential possible causes of actions that are relevant to the client’s claims.  In general, claims not asserted arising from the same set of circumstances may…

United States v. Steele (4th Cir., 2014)

So, what happens when an employee  spends nine months secretly logging in to the email server of his former employer (without permission, obviously), gaining access to confidential and proprietary information related to its government contract bids.  Yes, criminal conviction under…

United States v. Rich (4th Cir., 2015)

Accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and enter into a plea agreement…. then figure out that perhaps access was not unauthorized because an accused co-conspirator had a password and arguably “authorized access”… Too late! – Domingo Rivera…

WEC Carolina Energy Solutions LLC v. Miller, 687 F.3d 199 (4th Cir., 2012)

The CFAA prohibits “unauthorized access” to computer systems.  What is unauthorized access has been subject to many interpretations.  The Fourth Circuit adopts a narrow reading of the terms “without authorization” and “exceeds authorized access” and has held that they apply only…