Victim Of Domestic Abuse Sues GPS Company For Helping Her Assailant

from the it's-the-tool dept

Michael Scott points us to the news of a new lawsuit that hopefully doesn't get very far, but which does highlight the frequency with which third parties are sued these days, not because they have any actual liability, but because they have money. In this case, a woman is suing a GPS vehicle tracking service, Foxtrax Vehicle Tracking, because her domestic partner used the service to figure out where she was and to attack her. It sounds as though the guy put the tracking device on the woman's car in order to stalk her. It's difficult to think that anyone could find the company liable here for the actions of the guy. I'm sure it's upsetting that the guy was able to track her, and she has every right to press all sorts of charges against the guy. But the GPS tracking company was merely the technology provider.

However, this is yet another example of what I've called "Steve Dallas lawsuits," after a Bloom County cartoon strip, I remembered from decades ago, where the character Steve Dallas (a lawyer, who gets beaten up by Sean Penn when he tried to take his photograph -- some things never change), explains why after going through all the options on who to sue, he chooses to sue the camera manufacturer, the made-up Nikolta, because it's "a major corporation with gobs of liquid cash...."

Filed Under: domestic abuse, gps, liability, third party liability
Companies: foxtrax vehicle tracking

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    Hulser (profile), 3 May 2010 @ 12:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: If you want to make something criminal...

    Realistically speaking: Any right which you cannot personally enforce is a right you do not have.

    Wow. This is either a brilliant troll or you just flat out didn't think before you posted. Not that the US constitution is the end-all-be-all for defining rights, but it's a good place to start, so let's take just three examples...

    "First Amendment - Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause; freedom of speech, of the press, Freedom of Religion, and of assembly; right to petition"

    So, according to the Lobo Santo Rule, if I can't beat up the crowd of people who come to knock me off my soap box, I really don't have the right to free speech.

    "Fourth Amendment - Protection from unreasonable search and seizure."

    If I don't have enough guns to fight off the police when they come to my house with a bad warrant, I don't have a right not to be searched unreasonably.

    "Eighth Amendment - Prohibition of excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment."

    If I don't have Jason Bourne-like fighting skills, then it's OK if some government spooks waterboard me.

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