Lawyer scores big in PA school laptop webcam spying suit

Remember the brouhaha over the PA school district spying on students using webcams with school-issued laptops? The FBI launched an investigation (story here) and red-faced school officials were forced to admit that they spied on kids in their homes hundreds of times.

Two students filed lawsuits and the school district recently settled the case by agreeing to pay $610,000 in damages. (story here)

The Lower Merion School District admits it captured thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots from student laptops in a misguided effort to locate missing computers.

Harriton High School student Blake Robbins, then 15, charged in an explosive civil-rights lawsuit filed in February that the district used its remote tracking technology to spy on him inside his home. Later evidence unearthed in the case showed that he was photographed 400 times in a two-week period, sometimes as he slept in his bedroom, according to his lawyer, Mark Haltzman.

OK so far, but who do you think was the biggest beneficiary of the settlement? The f**king lawyer, of course.

The settlement calls for $175,000 to be placed in a trust for Robbins and $10,000 for a second student who filed suit, Jalil Hassan. Their lawyer, Mark Haltzman, will get $425,000 for his work on the case.

Nice. The lawyer gets 70% of the settlement. This is not a “Nation of Laws” – it’s a nation of lawyers.

UGH…

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2 Responses to “Lawyer scores big in PA school laptop webcam spying suit”

  1. If you’ve spent any time perusing some of my posts you’ll see I make numerous references to lawyers !!! I think we share the same opinion of these social vultures ! This post will no doubt come up in one of my future posts … I shall reference your blog for people to check it out ! Here in Canada about 87 % of our politicians ( ie; lawmakers ) are lawyers !!! …

    I cannot see how they have the gall to justify the outrageous fees that they charge !!!

  2. It stands to reason that the attorney gets 70% of the settlement. I think I will go back to school and get my law degree!

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