HB1630: EFGA's Lawsuit against the State of Georgia
The decision from Judge Shoob
In 1997 EFGA and other plaintiffs led won a preliminary injunction against the state, which effectively overturned the "no-anonymity" internet law, declaring it unconstitutional.
Our Legal Team
Scott McClain of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore; Gerry Weber, Georgia ACLU; Ann Beeson, ACLU national staff attorney; and Chris Hansen, national ACLU.
Governor Zell Miller and Attorney General Michael Bowers. (sorry, the AG's office doesn't have a web page that we know of)
Fourteen plaintiffs including Electronic Frontiers Georgia are included in the lawsuit.
A summary of the parties is available here.
History of HB1630 and our Lawsuit
Many people, when they read this law, have said that certainly Georgia's
lawmakers could not have meant what this law states. Hoping to save the State
of Georgia unneccessary expense, EFGA's attorneys sent a demand
letter to the Attorney General's office asking for a clarification of
the new law. Michael Bowers, the Attorney General, choose instead to allow this
matter to move into litigation.
Commentary on HB1630
News Articles on HB1630
Copies of the law
Comments on the law from our elected officials.
EFGA sent e-mail to everyone in the Georgia House of Representatives who had a known e-mail address. Nearly 40% of the legislators gave us comments within a week. Not only is 40% of those we contacted a good response, but every legislator indicated they would like to see the law repealed or changed. Not one single legislator has been willing to defend the law. See House member's comments.
The People who bring you Georgia's Laws