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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    Dark Helmet (profile), 3 May 2010 @ 5:22pm

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    Allow me to clarify:

    A right, as a human construct, only exists if the community is both able and willing to enforce it and the individual adheres to either that community or his own perceived morality. Otherwise no right exists. Women in India in general, in my view, do NOT have the same rights as women in America, or under Sharia rule, etc.

    A person's rights are subject to the laws they allow themselves to be governed by. That is what made Martin Luther King so impressive. He asserted his rights in the face of immense opposition. He retained his right to assembly by enduring the punishment of a community that rejected that right and assembled anyway. Therefore, he retained his right. He enforced his own right with a minority collective. It isn't enough to get raped and then reasonably cry out that your rights have been violated. You then have to DO something to reassert your right....

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