(Reuters) – A Missouri businessman can sue Dechert LLP for his claim that the International Law Firm helped break down the hack and leak of his email, a British court ruled on Friday. Azima v. Philadelphia-based Dechert – allegations that the company and its former London partner Neil Gerrard had Indian hackers steal and distribute Azima's emails.
Mr. Gerrard has previously denied wrongdoing in relation to the case and declined to comment on Friday's development. Dechert has previously declined to comment but has not immediately returned a message for comment.
Dechert and Gerrard – as well as the executive James Buchanan and the private investigator Stuart Page, who is also being sued ̵
Dechert, Gerrard, Buchanan and Page released their opposition at the last minute, Azima's lawyer told the court.
"The additional defendants now all agree to join," said Tim Lord of the Brick Court Chambers, according to a transcript of the proceedings.
Messages Requesting Comments from Mr. Page and Buchanan were not returned immediately.
Allegations of hacking against law firms are very rare, an academic told Reuters earlier. In court on Friday, the Lord Lord said the case "is becoming more and more unique."
The case may shed light on the use of Indian mercenary hackers, as Reuters reported last year. reported with reference to previous operators that Indian hackers often got contracts with Western private detectives who worked on behalf of law firms. Catalog