Google Pays $1 After Losing Street View Case

It's not often that lawsuits end in $1 payouts, but that's what has happened with Google and a Pennsylvania couple. Back in 2008, Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google because a Street View car, which drives around takes 360-degree shots of street surroundings in order to show on Google Maps, invaded their privacy. According to the couple, the car didn't pay attention to a "Private Road; No Trespassing" sign, and they weren't too pleased.

After fighting back and forth for two years now, Google finally agreed to pay up. But the settlement is just $1! The couple said that they're glad to have this over with, and would've accepted a formal apology from the start. So why waste money on lawyers when you're only after $1? It's definitely a wild tale that we probably will never hear the full brunt of, but today Google is $1 poorer thanks to losing the case.


Said the couple: "That is one sweet dollar of vindication." To each his own, but that seems like a lot of hassle for a single buck!
Via:  AFP
Tags:  GPS, Google, Maps, Street View
Comments
realneil 4 years ago

Google should pay them in payments!

The poor, distressed couple will most likely frame their dollar for display in the living room and bore visitors with the whole, long, drawn out story for years to come.

 

fat78 4 years ago

Realy? No one at google couldnt have just given them the dollar in the first place?

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="fat78"]Realy? No one at google couldnt have just given them the dollar in the first place?[/quote]

They were suing for far more than a dollar. I think that the judge was pissed about it all and decided to "teach" a lesson. Hence the $1 award. It does set a precedent though,.........and that's the real news concerning this action.

 

fat78 4 years ago

Well if their happy about beating google then let them be happy.

MrBrownSound 4 years ago

5 cents a month until the debt is paid, Google. No exceptions!

acarzt 4 years ago

I think it was more about the principle of the matter than the $1. lol

realneil 4 years ago

I read more about this elsewhere and they sued Google for lots of money and lots of other charges too. Eventually, the only charge that held up was Trespassing. They used Google's street view to 'prove' their claim against Google. They were technically correct that Google had invaded their privacy by driving up their driveway with the camera turned on. The road was posted too. This point was cut and dry, Google invaded their privacy.

But the people also had numerous online web pages with brag photos of their house and property, (it's for sale) and of themselves, that were available for all to see on the internet.

Their life was an 'open book' if you will. Google's lawyers brought this up many times, first with the people, (who promptly deleted and password protected all of the data) and then in court. But Google Caches all of it's data and stores it for months. This particular data had turned out to be important to them and they were able to produce it in court and prove that it had been up for over a year before the lawsuit broke.

The judge said later that she had to adjudicate for the law, but she didn't have to make the couple rich doing it.

They are now McDonald's Dollar Menuaires.

inspector 4 years ago

LOL, i would love that dollar to frame and hang over my desk :)

rmstiles09 4 years ago

I can just see a Google representative hearing the verdict, standing up reaching in his wallet and then kindly handing them one dollar with a big smile on his face.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="rmstiles09"]I can just see a Google representative hearing the verdict, standing up reaching in his wallet and then kindly handing them one dollar with a big smile on his face.[/quote]

Negotiating a payment schedule is more like it,......

 

MrBrownSound 4 years ago

They must have been after a bigger settlement considering they've been at it so long right? That must be some special dollar that Google gave them. Maybe it's worth it if Eric Schmidt hand delivered it to them himself, but I don't think that's the case.

JJr 4 years ago

i was like wtf?? What a waste of effort, time and MONEY!

KSonakiya 4 years ago

That's the most ridiculous case i've ever heard and fighting for more than 2 years over it?? I wish they had asked for at least $2!! One for each damn year!!!

MMcCutcheon 4 years ago

lmao...thats a lot of money lost for the couple payin for their lawyer(s)...what a waste of time and money.

animatortom 4 years ago

Reminds me of that joke,......What do you have when you get 1 million lawers at the bottom of the ocean?

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="animatortom"]Reminds me of that joke,......What do you have when you get 1 million lawers at the bottom of the ocean?[/quote]

A Good Start?

countcristo 4 years ago

Man, I hate how people sue in America for stuff like this. It's like the McDonald's hot coffee trial. You get coffee. You feel the styrofoam is very warm and so you should conclude the contents is hot. If you spill it in your lap then it's your own damn fault. Now there's frickin Caution: hot contents on every cup or some bs. Bah.

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