Why is a Lisbon soccer team trying to unmask Portuguese bloggers in US court?

Pizzi of SL Benfica in action during the Liga NOS match between SL Benfica and FC Porto at Estadio da Luz on October 7, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Enlarge / Pizzi of SL Benfica in action during the Liga NOS match between SL Benfica and FC Porto at Estadio da Luz on October 7, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. (credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

In April 2018, a professional Portuguese soccer team sued three major American tech companies—Google, Cloudflare, and Automattic—in federal court in Los Angeles.

The soccer club, Benfica, alleged that the American companies were partially responsible for disseminating internal memos, presentations, and emails obtained via a 2017 phishing attack against it.

However, in recent weeks, American lawyers for Benfica agreed to remove the tech firms from the lawsuit, most of whom had formally filed motions to dismiss previously.

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