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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    Nastybutler77 (profile), 3 May 2010 @ 4:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ethics is FUN!

    "nothing is intrinsically good or bad, just the label we place on it. But these labels are very important!!"

    Than why are you telling Dark Helmet he's wrong on the island/rape senario? The raping wasn't "bad" according to the men who did it as they apparently placed a "good" label on that. You're applying your Western morals to the senario, whereas someone with a different set of morals might not see anything wrong with taking a woman by force. You've labeled it "bad" and assume that those men must as well, when that might not necessarily be the case. As you just stated "nothing is intrinsically good or bad."

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