Shortly after more details of the National Security Agency’s
domestic spying program were revealed, a new lawsuit was
filed against three of the telecoms alleged to have
collaborated with the NSA. Naming AT&T, BellSouth (which is in
the process of being acquired by AT&T), and Verizon, the
lawsuits allege the companies violated communications privacy
laws dating back to 1934 and seek US$50 billion in damages.
Meanwhile, the government is now trying to get the
Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit against AT&T dismissed.