The use and/or disclosure in connection with civil litigation of wire, oral, or electronic communications intercepted pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2510, et seq. is governed by 18 U.S.C. § 2517. In general, a court order is required prior to the use of such information in civil proceedings, or the disclosure of such information in preparation for the filing of a civil action or in connection with the ensuing proceedings. See this Manual at 34 for factors attorneys should consider prior to disclosure.
[cited in JM 9-7.250]