Judge: Pennsylvania School District Must Pay $260K in Spying Case

September 1, 2010

A federal judge says a suburban Philadelphia school district embroiled in a laptop spying scandal must pay a family’s lawyer about $260,000.

Lower Merion School District was ordered Monday to pay attorney Mark Haltzman for work done in a civil case involving allegations school officials improperly used webcam-enabled laptops to spy on students.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois says Haltzman deserves to be paid for work he did that led to an injunction barring the district from secretly monitoring activity on school-provided laptops.

Haltzman represents Blake Robbins, who claims the district photographed him 400 times in a 15-day period last fall, sometimes as he slept or was half-dressed.

District officials say they are disappointed in the judge’s decision.

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  • September 2, 2010 at 4:43 am
    Taxpayer says:
    The taxpayers get to pay for it, of course. I guess that's why this lawyer can charge any exhorbitant amount for a slam-dunk case. I can't help but wonder how this lawyer ca... read more
  • September 1, 2010 at 2:30 am
    youngin' says:
    Wait, are you saying that the family being spied on should have to pay to stop the spying? That's like, unamerican or something.
  • September 1, 2010 at 1:54 am
    Time out!! says:
    Who hired the guy? The school district was served with a non monitary injunction to not do it anymore (hopefully they won't). Wouldn't he get a percentatge of the judgement? I... read more
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