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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 May 2010 @ 12:46pm

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

    I think she has in a very clear way. Your proposal seems to indicate that there should be no victims because they should be protecting themselves which seems to be based on some notion that just because a person's fight is just and defensive they will always win the fight as long as they have had proper self defense training for one to two years or simply owning a gun.

    Really you seem to be promoting some sort of alternate reality where everyone exists in a fighting game and assault isn't done when the victim least suspects it and the person intitating the assault will clearly announce his/her intentions so both parties can get set for a fight with full health bars then have 3 rounds to work out who wins.

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