Maryland’s highest court recently stepped into a long-running battle over attorney fees by agreeing to review a challenge to a state subpoena for production of a civil rights lawyer’s personnel records and all e-mail and other electronic information stored on the lawyer’s work computer.

In January, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Maryland Green Party, backed by a host of civil rights and legal groups, had asked the intermediate Maryland Court of Special Appeals to quash the subpoena. They charged that the subpoena violated attorney-client privilege and work-product protections as well as privacy rights.