A Mass state court has given the New England Patriots the names of people who bought and sold the team's tickets on the StubHub website. The team is suing the site, owned by eBay, because reselling tickets for profit is technically illegal (though the law is rarely enforced). StubHub and a technology advocacy group says the order violates the privacy of those who used the site.
Lawyers for the team aren't saying what they'll do with the names, but insist that they need them to pursue the suit against the website. "One of our claims against StubHub is that knowing we have rules against resale on the Internet, they are out there soliciting people to violate our rules," says lawyer Daniel Goldberg.