DOJ seeks to consolidate NSA surveillance lawsuits Joshua Pantesco at 9:51 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed a motion in support of Verizon's petition to consolidate over 20 cases in which the company must defend allegations that it illegally shared customer phone records with the National Security Agency in conjunction with the NSA's domestic spying program [JURIST news archive]. The DOJ motion invokes national security and efficiency concerns in support of its request that the cases be consolidated into one civil action before the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website]. The government has previously said it will seek to dismiss the 20 lawsuits [JURIST report] after they are consolidated on the grounds that continuing the lawsuits may reveal military and state secrets.
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