Working in the legal business (specifically, a law library), I see all kinds of baseless lawsuits.
There was the lady who decided that she didn’t want to pay her mortgage anymore and was incensed that the bank was working to foreclose on her house. There was the guy who racked up $80,000 in credit card debt and then decided that it was the credit card company’s fault for giving him credit cards (and decided that he didn’t want to pay for his spending spree). There was the couple who were angry that their neighbors were suing them simply because their pit bull dogs would run wild in the neighborhood killing other neighborhood pets. The nerve of some people?!
Then there is the article I was reading to day of a Dallas, Texas woman who is suing Persopo.com. According to the plaintiff, she stated that
Persopo.com ruined my life by revealing private information about me
Uh, no, it didn’t, but we’ll get to that latter. Anyway, seems woman’s husband had suspected that she was cheating on him for sometime. Tell-tale signs were staying out at all hours and not telling him where she had gone. So, husband found Persopo.com which is a data mining company. Basically, you go online, type a person’s name and state in which they live and Persopo.com looks for every bit of public data available.
The key word here is “public data.” It’s kind of like if someone were to take a picture of a building and you happened to be in the picture and then that person published that picture somewhere. You do not have rights to that picture because you were in the public view (i.e. standing on a public sidewalk). You have no right to privacy (nor should you have an expectation of privacy) when you are out and about. Sorry, that’s just the way things are.
Anyway, lady filed suit against Persopo.com because it showed, now ex-husband, everything she was doing. According to now ex-husband,
When I searched her name it came right up, she had accounts matching her name and email on cheatingwives.com, match.com and many others.” Frank said. “I just couldn’t believe this was the woman that I married.
It even showed now ex-husband a Match.com profile where it said she had never been married. I just have to say, what a stupid broad. Really? Screw around, get caught and now you’re suing a company that mined PUBLIC information.
In any event, it will be interesting to see where the court goes with this. I mean will the court follow the basic rule of law (if you’re in a public place, you have no expectation of privacy) or will the court go all political and make law from the bench?