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Van Valin v Google Complaint

Van Valin v Google Complaint

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Published by Eric Goldman
First class action lawsuit over the Google Street View capturing of wi-fi "payload" data
First class action lawsuit over the Google Street View capturing of wi-fi "payload" data

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Published by: Eric Goldman on May 19, 2010
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Rick Klingbeil, OSB #933326RICK KLINGBEIL, PC
520 SW Sixth, Suite 950Portland, OR 97204Ph: (503) 473-8565rick@klingbeil-law.com
Brady Mertz, OSB #970814, WSB #32558
2285 Liberty St NESalem OR 97301Ph: (503) 385-0121 brady@bradymertz.com
Brooks Cooper, OSB #941772, WSB #32460
520 SW 6th Ave., Ste. 914Portland OR 97204Ph: (971) 645-4433 brooks@bcooper-law.com
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF OREGONVICKI VAN VALIN, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated withinthe state of Oregon; NEIL MERTZ onbehalf of himself and all others similarlysituated within the state of Washington;
Plaintiffs,v.
GOOGLE, INC., a Delawarecorporation;
Defendant. No.
CLASS ACTION ALLEGATION COMPLAINT(Invasion of Privacy; 18 U.S.C. § 2511, et seq.)DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
Plaintiffs individually and on behalf of the below-described class allege as follows:
NATURE OF THE CASE
1. This is a class action. Plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves, and all similarly situatedPage 1 -
CLASS ACTION ALLEGATION COMPLAINT(Invasion of Privacy, 18 U.S.C. § 2511 et seq.)
Case 3:10-cv-00557-ST Document 1 Filed 05/17/2010 Page 1 of 13
 
 persons seek recovery of monetary damages, penalties, attorney fees, and other relief based oncertain acts of defendant, including invasion of legally protected privacy interests, acquisition of  personal and private information without permission or consent, and violation of privacy andsecurity rights granted by 18 U.S.C. § 2511, et seq.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
2. This court has original jurisdiction over this class action under 18 U.S.C. § 1332(d)the Class Action Fairness Act ("CAFA"). The CAFA explicitly provides for the original jurisdictionof the federal court in any class action in which any member of the class is a citizen of a statedifferent from any Defendant, and where the matter in controversy exceed the sum of $5 millionexclusive of interests and costs. Plaintiffs allege that the claims of individual class members in thisaction exceeds $5 million in the aggregate, exclusive of interest and costs, and that the total number of members of the proposed class is greater than 100, as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d)(2), (5).As set forth below, plaintiffs are citizens of Oregon and Washington, and defendant is a Delawarecorporation with its headquarters and main office located in California. This court also has jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1331 because plaintiffs have alleged a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2511,et seq.3. Venue lies within this District pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1391(b)-(c) in that defendantconducts business in this District; certain acts giving rise to the claims asserted in this Complaintoccurred within this District; the actions of Defendants alleged in this Complaint caused damages to plaintiff Van Valin and a substantial number of class members within this District, and plaintiff Vicki Van Valin resides within this District.
THE PARTIES
4. Plaintiff Vicki Van Valin ("Van Valin") is an individual residing in Oregon. DuringPage 1 -
CLASS ACTION ALLEGATION COMPLAINT(Invasion of Privacy, 18 U.S.C. § 2511 et seq.)
Case 3:10-cv-00557-ST Document 1 Filed 05/17/2010 Page 2 of 13
 
the class period, Van Valin used and maintained and used an open wireless internet connection("WiFi connection") at her home. Van Valin used the wireless internet connection to transmit andreceive personal and private data, including but not limited to personal emails, personal internetresearch and viewing, work-related emails, work-related documents, work-related internet researchand viewing, credit card information, banking information, personal identification information suchas social security numbers, date of birth, medical information, and telephone calls made using avoice over internet (VOIP) protocol.5. Plaintiff Neil Mertz ("Mertz") is an individual residing in the state of Washington.During the class period, Mertz used and maintained and used an open wireless internet connection("WiFi connection") at his home. Mertz used the wireless internet connection to transmit andreceive personal and private data, including but not limited to personal emails, personal internetresearch and viewing, credit card information, banking information, personal identificationinformation such as social security numbers, date of birth, and medical information.6. Defendant Google Inc. ("Google") is a multinational public cloud computing andinternet search technologies corporation. Google hosts and develops a number of Internet-basedservices and products. It was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998,with its initial public offering to follow on August 19, 2004. Google is a Delaware corporation withits home office in the state of California. The company's stated mission from the outset of itsexistence has been "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible anduseful."
DEFENDANT'S CONDUCT
7. One of Google's web-based and web-accessed internet services is Google StreetView ("GSV"). GSV is a technology featured in the Google Maps and Google Earth products thatPage 1 -
CLASS ACTION ALLEGATION COMPLAINT(Invasion of Privacy, 18 U.S.C. § 2511 et seq.)
Case 3:10-cv-00557-ST Document 1 Filed 05/17/2010 Page 3 of 13

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