Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, has filed a countersuit against the owner of a Delaware computer repair shop in federal court. Hunter Biden alleges that the shop owner had no legal right to distribute his private information, in response to a lawsuit from John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the shop. It’s the first lawsuit from Hunter Biden since the alleged theft of personal data from his laptop came to light.
Mac Isaac had claimed that he obtained the data because it was on a laptop Hunter Biden left behind at his store and that went unclaimed for 90 days after he finished servicing it. Hunter Biden has never claimed the laptop was his, and the lawsuit also does not say he dropped the laptop off at Mac Isaac’s store.
The lawsuit and legal threats from Hunter Biden come as Republicans on the House Oversight Committee prepare to launch investigations into him, President Biden, and other members of the Biden family. The committee has already held hearings over how social media platforms handled media reports based on data reportedly from the laptop. Hunter Biden and his legal team have sent letters to several allies of former President Trump asking them to preserve records in their possession related to the alleged theft of personal data from the laptop. They have also asked state and federal agencies to open criminal investigations into Trump’s allies for accessing and spreading his personal data and have threatened Fox News host Tucker Carlson with a defamation lawsuit.
In the filing, Hunter Biden and his lawyers accuse Mac Isaac of six counts related to invasion of privacy and seek a jury trial to determine if compensatory and punitive damages are warranted. They also asked the court to order Mac Isaac to return any copy or partial copy of Hunter Biden’s data. The lawsuit acknowledges that some of the data released publicly belongs to Hunter Biden and that Mac Isaac came into possession of it “by whatever means” in 2019. It claims that even if Mac Isaac’s claim is true and Hunter Biden dropped off his laptop and signed the authorization form, Delaware law would not have considered the property abandoned. It also alleges that if the property had been formally abandoned, Mac Isaac would only have the right to claim the equipment and not the data stored on it.
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