Even with all the serious lawsuits surrounding Google every now and then there's still a case that seems just ... off. The latest suit against Google and its founders stems from a man who cared enough to handwrite all 23 pages of his complaint.
One Dylan Stephen Jayne of Pennsylvania filed suit against “Google Internet Search Engine Founders” in Pennsylvania Civil court, seeking the small amount of $5 billion dollars. Jayne claims that his safety is in jeopardy because of Google releasing personal information about him.
Jayne asserts that individuals looking to perform acts of terrorism could obtain his information from Google, making it more likely that he will be detained wrongfully in the future. Jayne’s statement of claim is that, “Dylan Steven Jayne, plaintiff, has a social security number that when the social security number is turned upside down in its entirety it is a scrambled code that does spell the name Google.”
Jayne goes on to state that the United States Department of Justice is heading the investigation into the allegations of crimes against humanity by the Google Search Engine founders and that he was illegally detained as a juvenile in the Milford, Pennsylvania County Court of Common Pleas. Jayne also claims, amongst other things, that he was placed in jail for two-years under misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and public drunkenness.
Luckily for Google, Jayne is willing to accept the first check in the amount of $250,000 and a second check for the remaining balance.
Submitted for evidence, Jayne included virtually every piece of his private information; including his credit card, library card and bank overdraft statements.
At the time of publication, "Dylan Stephen Jayne" revealed no hits on Google. "Dylan Jayne" revealed approximately 200 hits regarding this suit. In time, Jayne's lawsuit may become a self-fullfilling prophecy -- documents from this case are quickly being circulated through the Internet. While it may not consistute crimes against humanity, Jayne's personal information is quickly becoming everyone else's business.
quote: I want to know who utterly convinced this guy that legally this would hold water, at least initially.
quote: Liebeck was wearing cotton sweatpants; they absorbed the coffee and held it against her skin as she sat in the puddle of hot liquid for over 90 seconds, scalding her thighs, buttocks, and groin. Liebeck was taken to the hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered third-degree burns on six percent of her skin and lesser burns over sixteen percent. She remained in the hospital for eight days while she underwent skin grafting. Two years of treatment followed.
quote: Other documents obtained from McDonald's showed that from 1982 to 1992 the company had received more than 700 reports of people burnt by McDonald's coffee to varying degrees of severity, and had settled claims arising from scalding injuries for more than $500,000.
quote: Liebeck sought to settle with McDonald's for US$20,000 to cover her medical costs, which were $11,000, but the company offered only $800.
quote: The chairman of the department of mechanical engineering and bio-mechanical engineering at the University of Texas testified that this risk of harm is unacceptable, as did a widely recognized expert on burns, the editor in chief of the leading scholarly publication in the specialty, the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation;
quote: Not only men and women, but also children and infants, have been burned by McDonald's scalding hot coffee, in some instances due to inadvertent spillage by McDonald's employees;
quote: From 1982 to 1992, McDonald's coffee burned more than 700 people, many receiving severe burns to the genital area, perineum, inner thighs, and buttocks;
quote: It's all water under the bridge now, but I do wonder what she did with her reward.
quote: Probably the same person that convinced Stella Liebeck to sue McDonalds.
quote: By its own corporate standards, McDonald’s sells coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.
quote: During trial, McDonald’s admitted that it had known about the risk of serious burns from its coffee for more than 10 years.
quote: McDonald’s admitted it did not warn customers and could offer no explanation as to why it did not
quote: McDonald’s sells coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. ...So does most of the world.
quote: So does most of the world. Coffee is brewed with boiling water and kept hot for freshness
quote: I don't see a warning on my stove that it's hot, but I bet the manufacturer knows that it can burn. Should I sue them if I put my hand on it?
quote: Because it's common freakin sense. How far do we have to go as a society until we realize we don't have to be warned about everything.
quote: Those "facts" do nothing more than show the fallacy of our legal system and that judges now fail to utilize the "common sense" standard.
quote: "It's not my fault I ran a red light and caused an accident, it's my cell phones, didn't see a warning label on it telling me not to use why driving."
quote: "I'm suing because my son never knew that when he put that iPod on, he couldn't hear the train coming down the track. It's apples fault for not educating consumers on the dangers of MP3 players"
quote: These arguments are about a valid as the McDonald's case, and also without merit. They are also paraphased real litigation that is on-going. I hope they fail for the good of all consumers.
quote: Last time I went through a drive through I couldn't buy a hot stove and put it in the passenger seat and cook stuff, or use it while I drove my car.
quote: And stoves are dangerous, that is why they are rather tall, so that kids can't reach the burners. And why the controls are typically on the backsplash, so that larger kids can't reach the controls and turn it on.
quote: So don't say Judges don't work, when the case is heard and decided by common people, including people who like to drink hot coffee.
quote: It's against the law to do anything in a car that distracts your attention from the road.
quote: It is not illegal to be the passenger in a car and order coffee and try and put in cream while the car is stopped in a parking lot.
quote: I've never seen a train and wished I had one inside my car so I could drink it.
quote: Yes, there are frivolous lawsuits, but saying all litigation against corporations is a bad boat to get in.
quote: Corporations hate being sued.
quote: Corporations are biasing the public against lawsuits so that lawmakers will change the laws and cut down on the number of lawsuits corporations face and cut down on the maximum punishments allowed. Who is this good for? The companies!
quote: Now, punitive damages are being limited in many states. Who does this help?
quote: Her entire incident could have been avoided if she didn't decide to open her coffee in a car and pour creamer into it, all while balancing the coffee between her legs.
quote: Could you please point me to that law in your state?
quote: You wouldn't like being sued either, so it's not fair to single corporations out.
quote: McDonalds should have paid. They should have settled.
quote: There needs to be a quick, effective measure to completely dismiss frivilous lawsuits.
quote: This statement doesn't really say anything. People eat, change CDs, radio stations, talk on their cells, in the car all the time. Doesn't give McD or anybody else justification to scar the women's vagina closed. And again dismissal of government orders, prior history, why is that? Are you suggesting that McD could burn customer after customer onto infinity as long as they pay for the medical bills? Where does it end?
quote: I don't hire lobbyists to rewrite law. Big difference. You want people to take responsibility, and not corporations? What would you have done with the Ford Pinto? A NASA engineer called the design of the gas tank "dispicable".
quote: she decided her own flesh was the more appropriate form of restraint for a cup of recently BOILED WATER.
quote: she burnt herself through sheer ignorance.
quote: Whats your deal with protecting this idiot anyway? Do you also hold 100+ degree items in a container with holes it will driving down a bumpy road?
quote: And they most certainly didn't spill the coffee on the lady.
quote: So whats your point of reference for relating these two again???
quote: The burn itself was never an issue, the degree of damage is the issue.
quote: Setting aside your personal attack people who study criminal justice and law tend to have a better grasp of how things work.
quote: If you get into a motor accident while using a cell phone then most insurance agencies will hold you accountable.