City Employees' Text Messages Private: 9th Circuit

Law360, New York (June 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court ruled Wednesday that the city of Ontario, Calif., violated the constitutional rights of its employees by reading text messages sent using company pagers, reversing an earlier decision by a district court.

The case was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Jeff Quon, an employee of the Ontario police department.

The police department began issuing employers, which included a text message function, in 2000. The pager service was provided by Arch Wireless Operating Co. Inc. It...
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