Francis v. API Technical Servs., LLC, No. 4:13-cv-00627, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127129, 2014 BL 254883 (E.D. Tex. Sept. 11, 2014).
In a September 11 opinion, an Eastern District of Texas court adopted the magistrate judge’s recommendation and ruled that allegations of “purposeful activities directed at a known resident of Texas” were sufficient to subject the two Virginia defendants to suit in Texas court. These purposeful activities included allegedly accessing or directing others to access the plaintiff’s Gmail accounts, using the plaintiff’s emails, and hacking into the plaintiff’s home IP address. The defendants face claims of fraud, breach of contract, intrusion on seclusion, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Stored Communications Act, an unspecified “Federal Wiretapping Statute,” and the “Texas Wiretapping Statute.” Meanwhile, the defendants in this case have separately filed suit against the plaintiffs in Virginia court alleging a “systematic campaign to steal API’s confidential and proprietary business information, unlawfully interfere with API’s business, and usurp API’s business opportunities.”