In the world of litigation, anyone can sue anyone for anything. This proposition is of course tempered by the rules for frivolous litigation which penalizes litigants that bring lawsuits which they know have no merit resulting in a waste of court resources. I came across an interesting lawsuit referred to in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog filed by a woman in federal court in Utah against Google for faulty walking directions. The complaint can be found here.

It seems that the woman, looking for walking directions across town, used Google Maps walking directions which placed her on a highway without sidewalks. The woman, who evidently chose to follow the directions verbatim, was struck by a car and injured. She is now suing Google for providing her with dangerous directions.

Frivolous? Ingenious? Her allegations is that by providing directions Google undertook a legal duty to provide safe directions for pedestrians. She alleged that by providing directions which instructed her to walk on a highway with no sidewalk, Google was negligent. It will be interesting to see how this holds up in court compared to the “reasonable person” standard. The plaintiff always has an obligation to act as a reasonable person would act under the circumstances.

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