Supreme Court Rejects Google’s Street View Appeal

The United States Supreme Court allowed a class action lawsuit accusing Google of illegally wiretapping to proceed.

SRKW is lead counsel in an action against Google for violating the federal Wiretap Act. The lawsuit alleges that Google violated U.S. wiretapping laws when its Street View cars accessed unencrypted Wi-Fi networks as they drove through neighborhoods.

Google’s attempts to dismiss the case were previously denied both by the federal trial judge in the Northern District of California and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

The Supreme Court, without comment, allowed the decision in Joffe v. Google by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stand. The appeals court had sided with a U.S. district court, which had denied Google's motion to dismiss claims that it had violated the Wiretap Act.

Jeffrey L. Kodroff, co-lead counsel and partner at SRKW, said the decision was “a significant victory for Internet users,” adding, “The Supreme Court left in place a decision that protects private residential networks from snooping by Google and others.”