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Judges Consider Consolidation Location

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 30, 2010

A panel of federal judges is considering where to consolidate several lawsuits against Google, Inc., the Associated Press reports. Nine lawsuits allege the company violated wiretapping laws when its Street View vehicles collected individuals' e-mail and Web surfing data through unsecured WiFi networks. The plaintiffs come from various locations across the country, and locales such as Washington, DC and Massachusetts have been suggested. At a meeting of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Boise, ID this week, a Google attorney asked the judges to consider consolidating the cases in the Northern District of California.
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