Google’s woes in the Wi-Fi snooping case seem to have just begun. While data protection authorities around the world are threatening to launch criminal probes, the internet giant is already faced with eight different lawsuits in various parts of the US. It has filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation,
requesting that the various lawsuits against it be consolidated into a single case to be heard by a court near its Mountain View, California, headquarters.
It believes that the similar nature of claims is a solid ground for such consolidation: "All of the complaints in the Google Wi-Fi Cases assert claims under the federal Wiretap Act. Some cases involve other, similar claims, including state law claims subject to preemption arguments under federal law. All of the complaints make very similar factual allegations, and thus any necessary discovery will be of common facts.”