ECBA Files Class Action Complaint on Behalf of Victims of Brooklyn DA’s Illegal Wiretap Operation

On November 26, 2018, ECBA, along with co-counsel Wiggin & Dana LLP, filed a class action complaint against Tara Lenich, the City of New York, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, and other employees of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (“KCDAO”). The complaint alleges that Tara Lenich, a supervisor at the KCDAO, used KCDAO equipment and facilities to conduct an illegal wiretapping operation. For approximately eighteen months, Lenich illegally intercepted phone and text communications that were sent to and from a fellow KCDAO attorney and a NYPD detective. Lenich is currently serving a federal prison sentence as a result of her misconduct. The complaint, which was filed on behalf of all people who communicated with the attorney and/or the detective, alleges that the putative class members had their communications unlawfully intercepted in violation of the federal Wiretap Act.

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