Law of Tort Assignment

Assignment 3.1: Analyzing a Tort Problem


Paralegals working in a tort litigation practice may be asked to help draft an office memo or a complaint. To perform this work, you will need to be able to analyze a client's case for possible causes of action. For this assignment, you will use a column technique to analyze a scenario and determine if a cause of action exists.


Google Inc. sent photographers across the United States to photograph streets, homes and buildings for its panoramic "Street View" feature of Google Maps. One morning, Gene, a photographer who was taking pictures for Google, pulled his car into a driveway belonging to Aaron and Christine Boring. The long driveway was marked "No Trespassing." Gene used a panoramic camera to photograph the street and surrounding area. Later Google published images of the area, including pictures of Aaron and Christine's home and swimming pool. Aaron and Christine sued Google for privacy, trespassing, negligence, and unjust enrichment.



  1. Review the required readings.
  2. Review the scenario and search online for: 'Boring' Family Gets $1 in Google Street View Trespass Case.
  3. In a new Microsoft Word document, analyze the Borings' case for trespass against Google using a column exercise:
  4. In the same Microsoft Word document, answer the following questions:
  • What is your conclusion as to whether each element of trespass was satisfied?
  • Was there intent to intrude? Why or why not? What would you need to show to prove intent?
  • What other facts are needed for a stronger analysis?
  • Do the Borings have a cause of action in trespass?
  • What type of damages could the Borings receive if the court finds there was a trespass?
  1. Your document must be one to two pages long, double-spaced, set in 12-point type, and framed with one-inch margins.
  • Include your name at the top of the first page.
  • Proofread to eliminate mechanical and grammatical errors.
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