British court docket admits Indian hacker expenses – Enterprise Insurance
(Reuters) – A Missouri businessman may sue Dechert LLP for alleging that the international law firm helped cope with the hacking and leakage of his email, a UK court ruled on Friday.
The unusual lawsuit by aviation mogul Farhad Azima against Philadelphia-based Dechert centers on allegations that the company and its former London partner, Neil Gerrard, had Indian hackers steal and distribute Mr Azima's emails.
Mr Gerrard has previously denied wrongdoing related to the case and declined to comment on developments on Friday. Dechert previously declined a comment but did not immediately return a message asking for a response.
Dechert and Mr. Gerrard – as well as the also accused Executive James Buchanan and the private detective Stuart Page – had initially refused to act as defendants in an existing legal dispute against Dechert's client, the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, a golf-based investment fund, Mr. Azima has long been accused of hacking him.
Dechert, Mr. Gerrard, Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Page abandoned their appeal at the last minute, a lawyer for Mr. Azima told the court.
"The additional defendants now all agree to join," said Tim Lord of Brick Court Chambers, according to a transcript of the case.
Messages requesting comments from Mr. Page and Mr. Buchanan were not immediately returned.
Hacker allegations against law firms are highly unusual, an academic previously told Reuters. In court on Friday, Lord Lord said the case was "becoming more and more unique".
The case could shed further light on the use of Indian mercenary hackers, which Reuters reported on last year.
Reuters previously reported, citing former agents, that Indian hackers were often hired by Western private detectives working on behalf of law firms.