Monday, February 1, 2010

Cause of action for trespass vs Google maps

The ABA is reporting today (here) that the Federal Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has recognized a claim for trespass on behalf of homeowners against Google Maps over its “Street View” feature. The court affirmed that the couple can’t pursue their claims for invasion of privacy, but held they can sue for trespass. The trespass claim is based on the rather simple argument that a representative of the defendant entered upon the plaintiff's property without permission to take photos of their house. The opinion is available here.

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