PA laptop spying settlement: Student gets $175,000, lawyer gets $425,000
Well, this makes sense. Remember that case in Pennsylvania where a school district secretly took pictures of students in their homes via their Macs’ built-in iSights? Well, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Lower Merion School District has settled the suit for a whopping $610,000. Well deserved to be sure, given how creepy the prospect of the IT guy at a high school being able to check out the student body whenever he wanted. But what’s interesting here is how the payout breaks down… While the 16 year-old plaintiff (the one who actualy had 400 pictures taken of him, some while he slept) was awarded $175,000 in damages, which will be placed in a trust, the lawyer in the case walked away with $425,000 for all HIS pian and suffering (oh, and faxing, I know lawyers do a lot of faxing).
Another student has been awarded a paltry $10,000, presumably because he wasn’t as cute looking when he slept.