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      New York law authorizes limiting civil court subpoenas

      New York law has been amended to limit subpoenas in civil lawsuits for records about people who aren't directly involved.

      The amendment to the state's civil practice law, signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, applies to both pending suits and new ones.

      It gives non-parties to a lawsuit the right to object to having their information gathered in the search for evidence.

      For example, bank customers can ask a judge to shield their account information in subpoenas of the bank's records.

      The old law authorized judges to consider protective orders for records about the actual parties in suits who have a legal right to object.

      The amendment expands the protection to those "about whom" information is sought. It does not include a specific provision for notifying people.