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Latvia Cyber Attack Was Cited For TRO on Wisconsin Pellet Plant Now Exhibits Redacted

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 10 – On mere hours' notice on May 21 there was a Temporary Restraining Order hearing about "Biogas Latvia" and a Wisconsin renewable pellet plant before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman. Inner City Press covered it.    

 The complaint said, "This is a case about corporate betrayal... a saboteur who stole millions of dollars."     Plaintiffs' counsel spoke first, saying he wanted defendant's access to file cut off, and wanted access to the Convergen Latvia account to "put an end to the cyber attack." 

He said there are defendants in Spain who  are contesting jurisdiction. He thanked Judge Liman for holding a hearing at 4 pm on something filed just this morning.  

The defense said, There is no urgency, we dispute they own this data.

Judge Liman asked, What assures me that the domain you list won't be over-inclusive or include a trade secret?

A plaintiffs' lawyer replied, That's a good question. All we want is the Office 365 account - there is no reason to intermingle Latvia with the Wisconsin pellet plant.

But Judge Liman crafted an order to more or less maintain the status quo, pending another hearing in two weeks - or longer if the parties confer and all want more time to brief it.

 Now on September 10 the parties were back, with disputes about evidence hidden in the cloud(s) and after getting already filed exhibits redacted after the fact. Now the issues had morphed beyond the pellet business into the contents of Microsoft Office 360 accounts purloined and put into The Cloud.

Judge Liman appeared impatient, but listened to all sides. Then he said he would reserve judgment and issue an order in days.

The case is Convergen Energy LLC et al., v. Brooks, et al., 20-cv-3746 (Liman).


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