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More on Immunity for Telecom Firms

Phone companies deserve immunity from lawsuits for cooperating the with federal antiterrorism surveillance program, according to a recent report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. It explains that the many lawsuits filed against the companies could indirectly lead to billions of dollars being transferred from American consumers' right pocket to their left, with millions of dollars being skimmed off by lawyers for legal fees. We previously explained why the phone companies merit immunity, and how a legal double standard threatens them with liability and potentially billions of dollars in damages. Former attorneys general from both Democratic and Republican administrations have likewise argued that denying protection against lawsuits would be risky and harmful to national security.