On October 13, 2021, Ali Al-Ahmed (hereinafter “Plaintiff” or “Mr. Al-Ahmed”), represented by Randy E. Kleinman of Gerstman Schwartz LLP, filed a civil action against Twitter, Inc., Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Hamad A Alzabarah (“Defendants”), seeking compensatory damages and injunctive relief among other relief for the alleged negligence of Defendant that resulted in harm being caused to Plaintiff. This case was filed in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California with Judge Kandis A. Westmore presiding.
In the complaint, Plaintiff alleged that, “Defendants have engaged in outrageous, irresponsible, and despicable conduct that should be punished to the maximum extent under the law” and “Mr. Al-Ahmed is a leading voice of dissent casting an evidently unwanted magnifying glass upon the acts and omissions, policies and, at times, alleged crimes conducted on behalf of, or with the knowledge and consent of, the KSA or elements within the KSA.”
Plaintiff also alleged that, “In or around August 2013, until in or around December 2015, Alzabarah and Abouammo– Twitter employees charged and indicted by the United States government in November 2019 for being KSA spies – accessed the company’s information on an array of Saudi dissidents including Mr. Al-Ahmed” The Plaintiff also alleged that, “Through use of both Alzabarah and Abouammo, the KSA was successful in using Twitter’s internal resources to identify Mr. Al-Ahmed as a critic of the government and ultimately silence him.”
Plaintiff further alleged that, “Although Alzabarah and Abouammo’s conduct was ostensibly outside the scope of their job duties, Twitter surreptitiously aided and abetted Alzabarah and Abouammo by, among other things, 1) providing them with unfettered access to Twitter’s vast resources and infrastructure at the behest of the KSA and with the full knowledge 2) helping Alzabarah and Abouammo operate their clandestine operation undetected until they were no longer of use to Twitter and/or the KSA; 3) helping Alzabarah and Abouammo provide the ill-gained information to the KSA; 4) and covering up their malfeasance by purging its internal database of any incriminating evidence and thereafter publicly renouncing Alzabarah and Abouammo’s conduct.”
There are thirteen claims of relief laid down by Plaintiff. The first claim is for the alleged Violations of the Electronics Communications Privacy Act (“EPCA”) (18 U.S.C. §§ 2511, et seq.). The second claim is for the alleged violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) (18 U.S.C. § 1030). The third claim is for the alleged violations of the Stored Communications Act (18 USC §§ 2701, et seq.). The fourth claim is for the alleged Violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) California Business and Professions Code § 17200, et seq. The fifth and sixth claims are for alleged unjust enrichment against all Defendants. The seventh claim is for the alleged breach of contract. The eighth claim is for the alleged promissory estoppel. The ninth claim is for the alleged intrusion upon seclusion. The tenth claim is for the alleged negligent hiring, supervision, and retention. The eleventh claim is for the alleged civil conspiracy. The twelfth claim is for the alleged negligence and thirteenth claim is for the alleged Replevin-Claim and Delivery.
In the prayer for relief, Plaintiff requested the court for injunctive and prospective relief along with compensatory damages, punitive, or exemplary damages, along with costs of litigation including reasonable attorneys’ fees and any other relief the court deems just.
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Kandis A. Westmore
Ali Hamad A Alzabarah
Randy E. Kleinman
Attorney at Gerstman Schwartz LLP
1399 Franklin Avenue, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
Civil Cover Sheet
Docket(#2) Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening.Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 10/27/2021. (asS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/13/2021) (Entered: 10/13/2021)Read MoreRead Less
Docket(#1) COMPLAINT and Demand for Jury Trial against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 402, receipt number 0971-16493267.). Filed byAli Al-Ahmed. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Kleinman, Randy) (Filed on 10/13/2021) (Entered: 10/13/2021)Read MoreRead Less
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