Google Seeks Consolidation of Wi-Fi Snooping Cases

Peppered with lawsuits over its collection of Web traffic data from wireless networks, Google wants all the cases consolidated into one, and for that single case to be heard by a court near its Mountain View, California, headquarters.

Artwork: Chip Taylor

In a motion this week with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Google requests that the eight “Wi-Fi” lawsuits, as well as any future ones, be rolled into one at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Google argues that all complaints make similar allegations and that consolidating pretrial proceedings will be convenient for all parties involved, including the courts.

“All of the complaints in the Google Wi-Fi Cases assert claims under the federal Wiretap Act. Some cases involve other, similar claims, including state law claims subject to preemption arguments under federal law. All of the complaints make very similar factual allegations, and thus any necessary discovery will be of common facts,” the motion reads.

Read more at here…(PCWorld.com)

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