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January 29, 2010

Google’s Street View Photos a Trespass in 3d Circuit

Filed under: Electronic Resources — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 9:51 am

Arron and Christine Boring live on a private street in Pittsburgh, PA.  Their driveway has a “no trespassing” sign.  But photographers for Google Maps entered the property and took photos for the Street View feature of Google Maps including photos of the Borings swimming pool.  The claims for invasion of privacy, trespass, injunctive relief, negligence, and conversion were dismissed in District Court but the Borings appealed.  The Borings sought compensatory, incidental, and consequential damages in excess of $25,000 for each claim, plus punitive damages and attorney’s fees.  In Boring v. Google, Inc., the Third Circuit dismissed all but the trespass claim, which it remanded back to District Court.  An interesting issue about damages in relation to the trespass claim, a strict liability tort in Pennsylvania, arose in the case.  Read more on Law.com.

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