Domestic Violence Victim Sues GPS Company for Assisting the Abuser

FoxTrax in action.

Techdirt reports that  a domestic abuse victim is suing a GPS company because her abusive partner used the GPS to stalk her.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal states:

The use of GPS by offenders to stalk their victims is nothing new, but advocates for victims of domestic violence on the local, state and national level say they have never heard of a victim suing a GPS service.

The lawsuit claims a Missouri company, Foxtrax Vehicle Tracking Inc., aided and abetted “Jack Doe” to commit assault and battery on “Jane Doe” in 2008, including while she was seven months pregnant. The suit does not state so specifically, but implies that Jack Doe installed a tracking device on Jane Doe’s vehicle.

The civil complaint, filed this week in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, names Jack Doe, Foxtrax and “as yet unidentified co-conspirators” as defendants. [source]

The complaint is not available online.  According to the article, Ms. Doe alleges that she notified Foxtrax that her domestic partner was using the device to stalk her but that Foxtrax refused to do anything.  If she can prove this, Foxtrax might be in some trouble.  If not, this case seems pretty silly.

The case information sheet is at this link.

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~ by siouxsielaw on May 4, 2010.

3 Responses to “Domestic Violence Victim Sues GPS Company for Assisting the Abuser”

  1. […] “Jane Doe” has sued a Missouri company, Foxtrax Vehicle Tracking Inc., in a Wisconsin court, saying it aided and abetted her domestic partner in tracking her whereabouts, thus enabling him to commit assault and battery on her. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via Masnick/TechDirt and Siouxsie Law] […]

  2. This seems like a stretch to me. Maybe, the facts will show that the GPS company should have known that their service was being used for stalking. I guess I am rooting for Jane Doe here. I hope that she really has the goods on FoxTrax.

  3. this is no “silly” matter. stalking and domestic violence is very serious and GPS companies should abide by stalking laws by not allowing their services to be used for illegal activities. Bravo to Jane Doe!

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