In weird news of the day, Pennsylvania couple Aaron and Christine Boring (great last name, by the way) sued Google in 2008 after a Street View car snapped pictures of their house, which happened to be situated on a private road. Now, nearly three years later, this couple has become dollar menuaires after being awarded $1 by the mega tech company.
The Borings, who live on a private road near Pittsburgh, PA, claimed that Google’s picture snapping ways decreased their property value. So they sued them for invasion of privacy.
All of their charges were dismissed except for one count which accused Google of trespassing on their property to take the picture. After all, Google had put up incontrovertible evidence on its own website that its street view car had driven up the tiny road.
This time, the little guy came out on top. Google admitted to trespassing, and somehow how settled on the heaping sum of $1 to help cover any reparations.
This is one sweet dollar of vindication,” the Borings said. “Google could have just sent us an apology letter in the very beginning, but chose to try to prove they had a legal right to be on our land. We are glad they finally gave up.
Google held its head high and said: We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs’ acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1.