Torts: The Case of the Bugged Bedroom

Carl and May Hamberger lived in Gilford, N.H. (pop. 2,000), in a rented house belonging to Chicken Farmer Clifford C. Eastman. When they found their bedroom bugged with what they claim was a listening-recording device wired to Eastman's house, 500 feet away, the Hambergers each filed $50,000 damage suits against their landlord for "willfully and maliciously" invading their privacy. Hamberger said he was so "greatly distressed" that he needed medical care, "and is still unable to properly perform his normal and ordi ary duties as a father and a husband." His wife...

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