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I was reading recently about a lawsuit that has been started in Utah. A woman is suing Google because of the directions she followed on her Blackberry from “Google Maps” walking directions. The directions sent her down a dangerous highway without sidewalks. She was injured as she followed the route. Even with all that I’ve read so far, I haven’t been able to find how badly she was injured or what happened with the vehicle that hit her. I would suspect that much of the commentary on this case won’t care about those questions.

This is one of those cases, that on it’s face sounds like what will be the US Chamber’s next alert about the runaway tort system. Of course, it’s just one case out there and if it’s frivolous, the court system will deal with it. I would suspect that Google will have all of the best legal help that it will need to respond.

No matter the attack, it seems that this case should address what we get when we download apps. Does a paid for app come with a great sense of responsibility by the provider? The injuries are important. If the plaintiff is able to show liability, it will be that evidance which will drive the monetary verdict, if anything.

I hope the woman isn’t hurt very bad. If she is, I hope she heals quickly and completely. That would be so much better than having any claim. She will have interrogatories, depositions, and maybe a whole trial that will not be easy. On top of that, potentially a bunch of people that will be attacking her without really knowing what happened.

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