Boring v. Google Reconsideration Motion Denied

By Eric Goldman

Boring v. Google Inc., 2009 WL 931181 (W.D. Pa. April 6, 2009)

[I’m not quite sure why so many people are interested in this lawsuit. Maybe it’s because of the oddly (and aptly?) named plaintiffs; or because Google is a defendant; or because Google Street View raises some interesting privacy issues. Whatever the case, this reconsideration ruling isn’t all that interesting or significant, but I recap it here for completeness.]

You recall the Borings, a Pennsylvania couple that sued Google because Google’s Street View captured and published their private driveway. In an opinion that showed zero sympathy for the plaintiffs, the district court judge dismissed the lawsuit back in February. Undeterred by the adverse ruling, the plaintiff asked the judge for reconsideration. Not surprisingly given the tenor of the initial opinion, the judge said no.

The plaintiffs appear to have abandoned their privacy and negligence claims. They asked the judge to reconsider their trespass to real property claim, arguing that a trespass claim does not require damages. The judge agrees with that proposition but rejects the reconsideration on a technicality (the Borings did not plead nominal damages in their complaint). The plaintiffs also asked for reconsideration of their unjust enrichment claim, but the judge rejected that as well because apparently they didn’t point to any errors.

As a result, the case remains dismissed. Nevertheless, I suspect we haven’t heard the last of this lawsuit.