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
    A Passerby, 3 May 2010 @ 4:38pm

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

    Haha, yeah, I did read the first line, but nature does not typically equate with "the animal kingdom". "Nature" could conceivably include things like planetary behavior (particularly important for the Greeks at one time), general physics, the animal kingdom, up to and including all human behavior. I usually think nature encompasses every aspect of the universe, which is hardly limited to the universe. As far as natural law is concerned, I think most contemporary treatments of natural law try to focus more on universal human behavior and try to reason from there, though there is significant overlap with the things I mentioned above, especially the further you go back into history. Focusing primarily on the animal kingdom might be a bit fun, though. I think Aquinas's view of nature, for instance, encompassed all of creation, not simply the creative order pertaining to animals.

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