Swiss bank drops lawsuit against Wikileaks

The court case against Wikileaks has come to an end with the decision yesterday by Julius Baer & Co., the Swiss bank involved, filing “a brief notice of dismissal in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, saying it reserved the right to pursue its case at a later date in the same court or elsewhere,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle. “The bank’s lawyers had said after a hearing Friday that they were willing to refile the suit in a state court, but the bank gave no indication today that it had any such plans.””We voluntarily backed out at this point but retained the right to pursue it further if the bank decides they want to do that,” said Jenna Agins, spokeswoman at the public relations firm that represents Julius Baer, quoted by the Chronicle.For the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle, see www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/05/BANSVECAR.DTL.Declan McCullagh, writing for CNet, also reports on the bank dropping the case at www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9886855-38.html.And the New York Times also reports:
Bank Asks Judge to Dismiss Its Suit Against Wikileaks Site
A Swiss bank on Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that it had filed against a Web site that it claimed had displayed stolen documents revealing confidential information about the accounts of the bank’s clients.Lawyers involved in the case said the move by Bank Julius Baer most likely ends its battle against Wikileaks, a Web site that allows people to post documents anonymously “to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations.”
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