Who said no one pays attention to petitions?
NYU Law students Luke Herrine and Leo Gertner were issued subpoenas for their private emails over spring break, after they wrote and circulated a petition against NYU Law trustee Daniel Straus. The petition, delivered to NYU’s Law Dean, was a protest of alleged labor law violations at Straus’s company Care One Management. But when Herrine and Gertner delivered the petition, they were served subpoenas at their homes, demanding that they turn over all private communications relevant to Care One Management.
“Since being served with the subpoenas, Leo and Luke have been forced to curtail their private communications with friends, family, professors, and colleagues for fear of expressing an opinion or misstating a fact that might draw them further into the litigation process,” a representative for the subpoenaed law students told NYU Local in an email. The demands for the students’ information were issued by Care One Management, pursuant to an ongoing civil lawsuit by the company against its workers union.
Now, instead of studying for finals, the first and second-year law students are preparing for a court battle. Fortunately, Herrine and Gertner are not alone. NYU Law alum John Cuti signed on as the students’ attorney, while administrators at NYU Law agreed to cover the students’ legal fees. Other students and faculty members have also thrown their support behind Herrine and Gertner, drafting a new petition demanding that the subpoenas be withdrawn. Read more…