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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    lux (profile), 3 May 2010 @ 6:11pm

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

    I understand where you are going with this, trust me. However, being in America (literally known as the freest place on Earth), and having access to the liberties which allow me to think in the way that I do, affords me the knowledge to know that ALL PEOPLE should enjoy the same liberties as I do.

    Everyone should possess the liberty to exercise their inherent human rights (definition clarification for Dark Helmet!). One should always be able to speak their mind and not be afraid of violent repercussions. One should always have the liberty to choose their religion, and not have it forced upon them. One should always have the right to change/alter/dismantle a government if they don't approve of, or at least have their voice hear without being forcefully silenced. All of these things we take for granted ARE actually fantastic things that others should enjoy

    NOW, that's not to say all countries need to adopt a democratic, capitalistic society where we can all go to McDonald's and shop at Wal-Mart on Sundays. I'm not saying that at all - all I'm saying is we are all born with certain rights, rights our forefathers put down (and then willfully denied to their slaves). Although these guys were severely hypocritical, they were on to something.

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