Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Give us your take on the laptop-camera case.
In the days after Paige Robbins filed suit against Lower Merion School District, alleging a school laptop camera had photographed her without her knowledge, Patch polled readers, asking if the suit was a fair one. More than 500 responses to the unscientific poll came in, with 90 percent voting “no.” Now that Robbins has dropped the case, Patch has two more questions to ask readers: are you surprised, and did she make the right decision? Vote below, and explain your votes in the comments.
The Robbins family feuded with their lawyer and said they plan no further action against the district.
Former Lower Merion School District student Paige Robbins on Wednesday morning withdrew her lawsuit that alleged a district laptop’s camera took photos of her undressed without her knowledge. Robbins and her parents said after a hearing at U.S. District Court in Philadelphia they plan no further legal action against the district. Their son, Blake, won a $175,000 settlement in 2010 after he was photographed by his school laptop at home. “I just wanted to make sure there were no (laptop) pictures of me that would ever be seen again,” Paige Robbins, 19, said. “This is the end of it,” said Holly Robbins, her mother. “We were never doing this for the money. We wanted to find out if there were any pictures still being held by the school district…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Mary Elizabeth Bogan filed the request Tuesday, citing "irreconcilable conflict(s) with the client."
The attorney for Paige Robbins—the former student accusing Lower Merion School District of spying on her via laptop camera, an argument her brother used to win a six-figure settlement—asked a judge Tuesday for permission to leave the case, according to a U.S. District Court filing. In her Motion for Permission to Withdraw as Counsel (attached to this article as a PDF file) Philadelphia attorney Mary Elizabeth Bogan states, "It has become clear, during the representation of Plaintiff, that counsel has irreconcilable conflict(s) with the client which, in turn, has resulted in the filing of the immediate Motion." It was unclear whether U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova granted Bogan's motion. A call Tuesday night to a listed phone …
Friday, December 9, 2011
One township lawyer asks to see the photos.
Local lawyers and parents familiar with the Lower Merion School District and the 2010 “spycam” lawsuit brought by Harriton High School student Blake Robbins—over breach of privacy and other issues that resulted in an eventual $175,000 cash settlement—were mostly aghast Thursday to learn that Robbins’ sister, Paige Robbins, now 19 years old, has brought a civil suit on her own. The case was filed in U.S. District Court by a new lawyer for the Robbins family, Mary Elizabeth Bogan, and accuses the district of the same violations as the earlier case, in very similar legalese but with no call for a class action suit, as the original suit did. Unlike her parents, Michael and Holly Robbins, Paige Robbins was not named with her brother as a …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
This time the plaintiff is Blake Robbins’ sister, Paige.
Charging that she was remotely monitored while naked or partially dressed, another webcam lawsuit has been filed against the Lower Merion School District—this time by Paige Robbins, 18, the sister of Harriton High School student Blake Robbins, who sued the district two years ago for invasion of privacy and other charges, eventually accepting a $175,000 settlement. The Lower Merion School District (LMSD) fired back immediately Thursday, saying it appeared Paige Robbins purposefully waited until she turned 18 to file the suit as an adult, to win a separate payday of her own. The suit (attached in PDF form) also names LMSD’s Board of Directors and Superintendent of Schools Christopher W. McGinley as defendants. The list of charges is similar …