Atlanta Paper Exposes Widespread Violation of Federal Law by Private Investigators and the Lawyers That Enable Them

Great work by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on an issue that’s bugged me for years: the brazen violation of federal law by investigators and the lawyers who hire them. At issue is the Gramm Leach Bliley Act, meant to protect the confidentiality of banking records. You are not allowed to pretend to be someone else in order to trick the bank into handing over account information, and with a few narrow exceptions, you need a court order before a bank should be handing over a third-party’s banking records. Yet, all over the internet there are licensed investigators who claim it’s all legal. Lawyers who should know better rely on these people and get away with having their agents commit crimes. We turn away several people a month (including attorneys) who want pre-judgment banking records, and we’re both confident and saddened that these people will get what they are looking for with just a few more phone calls. We’ve written about this issue on our…

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