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Page 1 of Jayne's hand-written complaint on Google  (Source: Dylan Stephen Jayne)
Pennsylvania man sues Google founders for $5 billion over secret code in his social security number

Even with all the serious lawsuits surrounding Google every now and then there's still a case that seems just ... off. The latest suit against Google and its founders stems from a man who cared enough to handwrite all 23 pages of his complaint.

One Dylan Stephen Jayne of Pennsylvania filed suit against “Google Internet Search Engine Founders” in Pennsylvania Civil court, seeking the small amount of $5 billion dollars. Jayne claims that his safety is in jeopardy because of Google releasing personal information about him.

Jayne asserts that individuals looking to perform acts of terrorism could obtain his information from Google, making it more likely that he will be detained wrongfully in the future. Jayne’s statement of claim is that, “Dylan Steven Jayne, plaintiff, has a social security number that when the social security number is turned upside down in its entirety it is a scrambled code that does spell the name Google.”

Jayne goes on to state that the United States Department of Justice is heading the investigation into the allegations of crimes against humanity by the Google Search Engine founders and that he was illegally detained as a juvenile in the Milford, Pennsylvania County Court of Common Pleas. Jayne also claims, amongst other things, that he was placed in jail for two-years under misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

Luckily for Google, Jayne is willing to accept the first check in the amount of $250,000 and a second check for the remaining balance. 

Submitted for evidence, Jayne included virtually every piece of his private information; including his credit card, library card and bank overdraft statements.

At the time of publication, "Dylan Stephen Jayne" revealed no hits on Google.  "Dylan Jayne" revealed approximately 200 hits regarding this suit.  In time, Jayne's lawsuit may become a self-fullfilling prophecy -- documents from this case are quickly being circulated through the Internet.  While it may not consistute crimes against humanity, Jayne's personal information is quickly becoming everyone else's business.



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RE: LMAO
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 9/25/2007 10:19:55 AM , Rating: 5
Either that or he's incredibly smart. Claim Google leaked all of your personal info out on the Internet, submit a case with your personal info, then watch the media and Google link the hell out of it. $250k thy name is Jayne.


RE: LMAO
By FITCamaro on 9/25/2007 10:22:34 AM , Rating: 4
I see where you're coming from, but I'd still love to smack this guy for him thinking he's going to get $5 billion dollars.

Hopefully this will be thrown out in court.


RE: LMAO
By mdogs444 on 9/25/2007 10:24:27 AM , Rating: 5
I personally hope it goes to court - made public hearing on live tv - and this guys gets ripped to shreads, and then fined massive amounts of money that he does not have. Make a prime example out of him.

Perhaps then it will start making these people think twice about bring about stupid lawsuits.


RE: LMAO
By FITCamaro on 9/25/2007 10:29:10 AM , Rating: 4
......ok. Your idea sounds better. :)


RE: LMAO
By mdogs444 on 9/25/2007 10:36:48 AM , Rating: 1
You know, there should be some sort of law out there for bringing bogus cases to court in search of making a huge profit from scamming a someone/company. The person who brought about the lawsuit should be fined up to 100% of what the lawsuit is suing for if the jury finds the case of ridiculous nature.


RE: LMAO
By SandmanWN on 9/25/2007 10:41:52 AM , Rating: 5
Or the Defendant should be allowed to beat the Plaintiff with a Wiffle Ball Bat until he/she/they can no longer swing the bat, and the video rights given to Google/YouTube. Oh the irony.


RE: LMAO
By SiliconAddict on 9/25/2007 2:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
Those RIAA lawsuits would go away pretty damn fast if this was the case...I like. :-D


RE: LMAO
By ZmaxDP on 9/25/2007 7:24:54 PM , Rating: 4
In England,

To bring a suit to court, the plaintiff is required to cover both parties legal fees unless the trial is judged in their favor. Then, they get the cash. Really cuts down on frivolous lawsuits. The downside is that some legitimate cases are never brought because the plaintiff can't get enough money together to start it off. However, in most such cases legal firms will take some risk if they think the case has merit and cover the costs up front if they believe they can win. It is an interesting alternative to a legal system in the US that wastes billions of dollars each year on ridiculous lawsuits.


RE: LMAO
By TomZ on 9/25/2007 7:32:54 PM , Rating: 1
So says you...

In reality, the number of frivilous lawsuits is overstated because of the media coverage they get. For each silly suit, there are a million legitimate ones.


RE: LMAO
By TheGreek on 9/26/2007 9:57:59 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
In reality, the number of frivilous lawsuits is overstated because of the media coverage they get. For each silly suit, there are a million legitimate ones.


Well there's lots of shouting about tort reform, but the McDs case shows that we already have tort controls. The judge reduced the reward, which the press never made a big issue of. What the politicians want is for rewards to become insignificant from a corporate point of view, which is pushed by lobbyists. But then there would be no incentive to stop the wrong no matter how many people got hurt.


RE: LMAO
By TheGreek on 9/26/07, Rating: 0
RE: LMAO
By djkrypplephite on 9/27/2007 6:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well when you put it that way, you're talking percentages. Hard numbers is what he's taking about.


RE: LMAO
By spluurfg on 9/28/2007 7:16:04 PM , Rating: 2
Nevertheless, there are a large number of lawsuits that attack persons' or companies' reputations and not only waste time but destroy value. There is definitely a lot of dishonesty in the legal professions (yes, even among supposedly reputable law firms) that promotes litigiousness.

One must consider the fact that in general, the only way to stop a law firm that steps past the line is to get another law firm to sue them. But lawyers are seldom willing to go after another one of their own. Hence, the tort process is often simply used to muscle/harass their victim into submission.


RE: LMAO
By PrezWeezy on 9/25/2007 8:47:57 PM , Rating: 5
I'll guess that's where you're from and comment as such. The difference between England and the US is far more than our simply wasting billions on frivolous lawsuits, see out biggest problem is that most of the time, it's Jury's that award these people stupid ammounts of cash. Not to mention that in England, if you are completely drunk and trip, it's your own damn fault. Not the shoe company, and the tile company, and the owner of shop accross the street who didn't take down a sign that had bright colors on it and distracted you. Our biggest problem is that we have very stupid people, who actually want to blame other people, and other stupid people who think that you deserve a lot of money for being stupid. http://www.legalzoom.com/legal-articles/article113...

Don't get me wrong I'm proud to be an American, but some times I think we should let natural selection have another shot at deciding who is smart enough to reproduce.


RE: LMAO
By Upstone on 9/27/2007 3:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
Thats so true.

I'm often glad I'm english for things like this but it works both ways.


RE: LMAO
By TheGreek on 9/27/2007 3:06:50 PM , Rating: 2
Its not about stupid. Its about understanding the system. Its about handing someone $10K to get rid of them as a nuisance. Like it or not those people are being rewarded for bad behavior, because it's cheaper in the short run. And that raises costs for all of us as it snowballs.


RE: LMAO
By TomZ on 9/25/2007 10:40:16 AM , Rating: 1
Probably the judge will quickly rule this as a frivilous lawsuit and order the plaintiff to pay Google's legal fees.


RE: LMAO
By mcnabney on 9/25/2007 11:32:58 AM , Rating: 3
The case will be thrown out, but he won't have to pay the other parties legal fees. That really is quite rare.


RE: LMAO
By Dactyl on 9/25/2007 1:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
It's also considered futile to seek legal fees from a nutter who doesn't have two nickels to rub together.


RE: LMAO
By mdogs444 on 9/26/2007 8:48:17 AM , Rating: 3
I disagree with that.

The reason many "nutters" make these lawsuits is because they dont have two nickels to rub together - so they attempt to create a fraudulent & ridiculous lawsuit, wasting everyones valueable time, effort, and money defending themselves from bogus accusations.

These people need to be made examples of, making the rest of the "nutters" think twice before making allegations and lawsuits.

If you are going to bring about a lawsuit that bears no merit, and make untrue allegations, then you should be responsible for all costs associated with the case - the court costs, your legal fees, and the defending parties legal fees.


RE: LMAO
By TheGreek on 9/27/2007 2:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
Are you suggesting that rich people (who have better lawyers) don't do this sort of thing?


RE: LMAO
By mdogs444 on 9/27/2007 5:42:11 PM , Rating: 2
No, im not suggesting that. Im suggesting that most of the frivelous lawsuits out there are for people seeking massive amounts of money from some who has a lot of money.

If a rich person pulled a lawsuit like that, then they should be liable for the same penalties.

But tell me this....how often do rich people sue the poor for monetary damages in a meaningless lawsuit?


RE: LMAO
By acer905 on 9/25/2007 11:53:36 AM , Rating: 2
Damn! you're already at a 5 so i can't rate that up!

Honestly, he didn't even type up the stupid complaint form... it should be thrown out just for that


RE: LMAO
By TheGreek on 9/26/2007 10:09:34 AM , Rating: 3
That's nonsense. This suit is clearly frivilous, but homeless people should be able to file legit lawsuits with whatever they can afford.

Got bigotry?


RE: LMAO
By Etern205 on 9/27/2007 10:58:39 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree, but someone needs to send this to the news media like CNN and then it'll be something big.
Otherwise it'll just be some small court case even if he's suing against Google.


RE: LMAO
By psychmike on 9/25/2007 7:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
In tort law, the plaintiff has an obligation to minimize his losses and his contribution to the harm is assessed. Because he placed himself in this position, he cannot successfully sue Google for harm.

Mike


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