SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Two California men once prisoners
in San Diego jails are accusing a Texas telecommunications company of illegally
recording phone calls between them and their attorneys.
Juan Romero of San Diego and Frank Tiscareno of Menifee, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, filed
a class action lawsuit May 27 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District
of California against Securus Technologies Inc., alleging invasion of privacy.
According to the complaint, while Romero and Tiscareno were
prisoners in the George Bailey Detention Facility and the San Diego County
Central Jail, respectively, their phone calls to attorneys were monitored
and recorded by Securus without consent.
The suit says the spying
came to light Nov. 11, 2015, when the online journalism outlet The
Intercept reported on a data breach of Securus revealing 70 million stored
phone calls, with approximately 57,000 of them pertaining to attorney-client
The plaintiffs and other class members seek punitive and
compensatory damages, plus interest and litigation costs. They are represented
by attorneys Ronald A. Marron, Alexis Wood and Kas Gallucci of the
Law Offices of Ronald A. Marron in San Diego, and Robert L. Teel of the Law Office of Robert
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Case