Perkins Coie represents technology companies as amici in matters addressing some of their most important issues. Our Tech Amicus practice combines the experience of our litigators representing technology companies, industry associations and advocacy organizations, with the depth of our nationally renowned appellate practice. Together, they form a dedicated voice for established and emerging technology companies.
The issues we have briefed include provider liability for user-generated content under the Communications Decency Act; numerous electronic communications privacy and government surveillance issues under relevant statutes and the Fourth Amendment; First Amendment issues regarding nondisclosure orders and anonymous speech; and procedural issues such as jurisdiction and subpoena power, among others. The courts in which we prepare and file these amicus briefs range from federal trial courts to California and other state courts of appeal, and up to the U.S. Supreme Court. These briefs regularly influence courts and state and national policy.
Examples of how our Tech Amicus practice has helped technology clients and advocacy groups prepare and file briefs include the following cases, courts and issues addressed:
- In the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the Fourth Amendment implications for technology companies of government-sanctioned administrative searches
- In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Fourth Amendment implications of using automated means to scan for and remove child exploitation materials from the internet
- In the Supreme Court of Virginia, the First Amendment protections afforded to anonymous speech online and the extent and limitations on states’ subpoena power over non-residents
- In the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the privacy implications of authorizing an estate administrator to access the email account of a deceased user