"Fighting for the Press" is cited in the ruling by U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, that the National Security Agency program of collecting data on the landline telephone records of nearly every American, has been declared illegal. The ruling, which came on May 7, 2015, is the first of its kind by an appeals court. (A.C.L.U. et al. v. James R. Clapper et al.;2015 WL 2097814 (C.A.2 (N.Y.)).