Google claimed that they had not broken federal wiretap laws by grabbing the data, arguing that the information they intercepted could be available to the general public because it was being transmitted on unsecured networks. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, allowing a lawsuit against the company to proceed. 

Today, the Supreme Court refused to hear Google’s case for dropping the lawsuit, leaving the lower court’s decision intact. The company already agreed to pay 38 states $7 million. European countries are also levying fines….