Look Both Ways Before you Cross Paths with Google

June 8, 2010

Google has been in hot water lately. First, they were in trouble for mistakenly capturing private WiFi data with their Street View cars. Then, a woman in Utah filed a complaint against Google for allegedly dangerous directions she received using GoogleMaps.

We regularly receive calls from Summer associates with research projects given to them by partners after hearing about cases like these in the news.  A good place to start is in the Westlaw Dockets database databases. I will show you how to search in dockets to find the GoogleMap complaint filed in Utah.

  1. Click on “Court Docs” on the top of your Westlaw screen.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page. On the left hand side (in the blue section) you’ll see a section labeled “Dockets”. Click on the “More” link. This brings you to the directory.
  3. Select your jurisdiction. Here, we’ll scroll to the folder that says “U.S. District Courts”.
  4. Scroll down and select  “Dockets—U.S. District Court Utah”.
  5. Type “Rosenberg” in the “Participant Name” box and under “Party Type” select “Plaintiff”.
  6. Open up the second docket—Rosenberg v. Harwood et al. –this will open the docket and you can scroll down and open a PDF of the complaint.

And, as my colleague Casey wrote in his blog earlier this week—using GoogleMaps (or any other “virtual map”) in the commission of a crime can actually enhance your sentence in Louisiana.