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 @ 7:09pm

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

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    I will let the women of these countries speak for themselves. Other interviews also illuminate the fact that they very much would enjoy additional freedoms and liberties of their own in their own nation:

    Moreover, just the fact we are freely having this conversation is proof the system partly works. Of course nothing is perfect and we'll be deceived, I'd hope everyone knows that coming into the game.

    In those countries, however, her rights would not be considered violated. Some people might hear about it and think it's morally wrong, but it's not in any way going against her rights.

    Again, ask the little girl if what's being done to her is against her rights. Her human dignity might have another opinion as yours.

    Your personal morals do not dictate the rights of you or those around you. Some people think drinking is morally wrong, other people still have the right to drink.

    You're missing the point entirely. The rights we're discussing are no where in or near the realm of having the right to drink beer... We're talking about the right to not get shot for having this conversation, or the right to choose which God you worship (none for me thanks!), but you do realize WARS are being waged over which imaginary man in the sky has the REAL rules to live by. Not to mention the outright censorship of the internet that occurs on behalf of the Chinese government. Don't worry, once they catch wind we're having an honest conversation, no one will be reading this article in Beijing.

    It just blows my mind how some people with such enormous freedoms and liberties can (and with a completely apathetic tone) make it seem as though life as sex slave in Thailand really isn't as bad as it's made to be. I mean, hey, their rights aren't being violated or anything. I guess that's just the way it is - when's the mall close?

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