Google Ordered To Fork Over A Dollar For Street View Trespassing (Yes, $1)

A court case that began in 2008 when a Google Street View vehicle took photos on a private road in Pennsylvania is over. The judgment? Google owes the plaintiffs a dollar.

Aaron and Christine Boring originally sued Google with a variety of claims, including invasion of privacy, trespassing, punitive damages, and more after a Street View vehicle drove onto a clearly marked private road and took photographs of their home. In 2009, a US District Court threw out the entire case, but earlier this year, an appeals court allowed the trespass claim to continue. In doing so, the appeals court predicted the damages:

“…when it comes to proving damages from the alleged trespass, the Borings are left to collect one dollar and whatever sense of vindication that may bring, but that is for another day.”

And that’s the exact amount awarded to the Borings in the November 30th judgment. You can see the two-page document on TechCrunch.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Legal | Google: Street View | Legal: Privacy


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  • chiropractic

    But the links! I doubt that was what they were after but it’s one more example of what happens when you sue Google. Search either of those persons names and there’s plenty of results. Too bad they didn’t have a website. :D

  • Aaron Hill

    Did they have their “No Tresspassing” sign correctly formatted?

  • Aaron Hill

    (this didn’t post before ;-)

  • Aaron Hill

    meta name=”robots” road=”noindex,nofollow”
    (damn html formatting)

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