PHILADELPHIA — A Montgomery County police officer is suing Bot Home Automation Inc. d/b/a Ring.com, and Bernard Moscia and Elisa Leboutilier, citing alleged violation of federal law for recording him without his knowledge or consent during a response and using the recording online for promotional purposes.
Michael Slattery filed a complaint on Feb. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the defendants alleging that they recorded him while he was responding to an alarm notification at their home. Ring.com provides doorbell recording technology.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he sustained damages including emotional distress from having his likeness used without his consent online, including to the company's YouTube page. The plaintiff holds Ring.com, Moscia and Leboutilier responsible because they allegedly intercepted communications from the plaintiff without permission.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks disgorgement and restitution, damages, actual damages of $10,000, injunctive relief, statutory damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages and court costs, as well as to order the defendants to turn over any recordings they have in their possession. He is represented by Brent F. Vullings of Vullings Law Group LLC in Collegeville.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:17-cv-00927