MySpace sued because all reason is gone.

There will come a day when I cease to be logically donkey-kicked by all the litigious idiocy in this country. That day has not arrived. All concept of personal responsibility has been expunged in favor of a greed-driven judicial extortion system. This is the trouble with living in a big amusement park of a country… lust for more money and things… and too much time on the hands of some scum with a law degree who wants to steal money from people who have rightly earned it.

Read the full story here.

Teen, mom sue MySpace.com for $30 million

Suit filed in Travis County claims popular Internet site fails to protect children from adult sexual predators.

A 14-year-old Travis County girl who said she was sexually assaulted by a Buda man she met on MySpace.com sued the popular social networking site Monday for $30 million, claiming that it fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators.

The lawsuit claims that the Web site does not require users to verify their age and calls the security measures aimed at preventing strangers from contacting users younger than 16 “utterly ineffective.”

“MySpace is more concerned about making money than protecting children online,” said Adam Loewy, who is representing the girl and her mother in the lawsuit against MySpace, parent company News Corp. and Pete Solis, the 19-year-old accused of sexually assaulting the girl.

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In May, after a series of e-mails and phone calls, he picked her up at school, took her out to eat and to a movie, then drove her to an apartment complex parking lot in South Austin, where he sexually assaulted her, police said. He was arrested May 19.

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Loewy said he was confident about the lawsuit, which he said seeks damages worth 1 percent of the company’s estimated worth.

“We feel that 1 percent of that is the bare minimum that they should compensate the girl for their failure to protect her online when they knew sexual predators were on that site,” he said.

Wow, what total bovine feces this is. Where do I even start?

Let’s start with the mother. First of all, how is it MySpace’s fault that she let her 14-year-old daughter go out to dinner and a movie with a 19-year-old boy… let alone the fact he was a rapist? If they met at a McDonald’s would it be Ronald McDonald’s fault? In what possible fantasy world would MySpace have had the wizardry to stop this young couple from calling each other and building up a relationship?

The girl… young… stupid… now broken. Aren’t parents supposed to protect their kids? Funny thing *spoken with heavy sarcasm* it doesn’t appear that this girl’s mother is married to the girl’s father. A father knows things about boys that a mother doesn’t… which is why every child needs both a mother and a father. We’ve already established that this mother is irresponsible… and we know that stupidity is a self-propagating wave… so…

The boy… well, if this turned out to be a forced rape the boy should be chained to a treadmill connected to the local power grid. Fed intravenously and motivated with electric shocks he should spend the rest of his now very short life putting a few kilowatts of juice into his community. I don’t think you could survive like this for long… but I bet he’d live for a couple days at least… and it would make a grand test specimen for a local science student’s research project on the effects of negative reinforcement on manual energy generation.

The lawyer is a shyster and a conniving weasel. Can you believe his nonsense about the “one percent of MySpace’s estimated worth”? You know he’s going to try and pull that on a jury to make it seem like the girl and her mother are merely asking for a small pittance of mournful compensation from the ‘big evil rich company’ that ‘facilitated and practically condoned’ this sexual assault. If the lawyer really wanted to help the mother he’d slap her across the face for whoring out her daughter through gross negligence. If the lawyer really wanted to help the girl he’d slap the mother again, twice really hard. If the lawyer really wanted to do the right thing he’d just prosecute the perpetrator. But alas… the lawyer doesn’t want any of that. The lawyer wants money.

I have something to say to this lawyer, Adam Loewy. You, sir… (pardon my King James)… are an ass.

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  1. Posted June 20, 2006 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    You hit that nail right on the head, I was actually coming here to find out what plugin you use to show all the plugins you use (if you use anything at all), but I will get to that in a minute.

    I just saw this on the local news along with my wife. We have a seven month old daughter and we were both shocked and amazed that a mother and some lawer are going to sue mySpace. I really cannot put it any more succinctly than you did, but this (pardon the french) pisses me off. The McDonald’s analogy is a pertinent one. mySpace is a good resource for meeting new people and keeping up with old friends, but eventually, parents have got to play a role in their child’s life. If my daughter ever wants to have a mySpace page, she will be allowed, but do not think for one minute that I will not have a password to that page so I can monitor who her friends are and who is soliciting her.

    And for anyone that crys out “kids need privacy”. You are the parents tha tdo not know where your kids are and your’s are the kids that are raped, beaten, committing crimes, selling drugs etcetera. It is time for parents to stand up and take responsibility for their children’s actions, not to sue some company in a vain attempt to redeem yourself in your child’s eyes.

    Ok enough of the rant, I probably won’t have to post anything on my blog now…I may still though. Just becuase I am irritated.

  2. Posted June 20, 2006 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Also guilty (i.e. sue-able) in this case: phone company (how could they have let those calls take place? They care more about money than about protecting promiscuous teenagers), car company (negligent in not having installed safety devices to prevent a boy from driving a girl to his apartment when they knew that the car may be used for such a criminal act) and the boy’s apartment owners/managers, who conveniently provided the place for this act to occur.

  3. Posted June 20, 2006 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Come on now, don’t give Mr. Loewy any ideas. :)

  4. John
    Posted June 21, 2006 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I think you’re all forgetting. The lawyer clearly states in the quote Steve gave us that Myspace knows that the site is rife with rapists.

    Mike made a good point about the phone companies. They probably also know that all kinds of riff raff are using their networks yet they do nothing to stop them, either. And the government often tracks these individuals, what with the sex offender registries, and then lets them use public roads!

    The bottom line is that every day, people use products and services for anything from actions merely in bad taste right up to heinous acts of violence. It is a real shame that people want to blame everyone but the person who is most directly responsible. Well, in this case, the young man has been arrested, but you have to ask: Would $30,000,000 unrape your daughter? Maybe this mother is really just so insane with rage (and I hope some guilt) that she really is lashing out blindly and the ambulance chaser is directing that. But I have a feeling most of the parties involved are just picturing new hot tubs and cars.

  5. Posted June 21, 2006 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    smart001 :: Amen to that. Responsibility is an endangered word. I was just telling John that if a parent was smart they would hit their kid’s MySpace site every day, but then at the dinner table play completely dumb to the fact that such a thing as MySpace exists. :-)

    Mike :: :-) Those are some good ones. I was on a blog yesterday where someone actually thought of the fact that the school could get busted for letting the girl leave the premises unsupervised. I thought for sure the lawyer might jump on that one… but chances are she gave the school a note from her mother giving her permission to be picked up by any older boys.

    John :: Yeah, I was wondering about the 30 million dollars, too. I mean, when there’s a regular rape (if I can say such a thing) that happens in a secluded park or something like that… there’s never a huge monetary lawsuit against the perp. Usually you never hear about any lawsuit… except for the DA trying to get the animal put in jail and some shyster defense shark trying to get the guy off entirely. Yeah… I’m sure the mother already has a lot of that money spent in her mind.

  6. Posted June 22, 2006 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    06 22 06

    Whoa Steve! Now that is a classic rant! And I agree. It just seems like today’s parenting style is all about passing the buck. My parents are public school teachers and they have noticed a big decline in parental participation over the years and an increase in this attitude: “You’re the teacher; you fix the problem!” Blaming MySpace for poor judgement is straight up retarded!!!!! What the hell are they thinking? I suppose we should start suing car companies if we are in an at fault accident? MySpace should countersue the gal’s mother in Civil Court for negligence, then let us see what will happen. Geesh, the stupidity in the world is saddening!!!

    PS. I have missed stopping by. I will be out of town next week, but will try to start blogging again:) Have a great weekend:)

  7. John
    Posted June 22, 2006 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I’ll tell you what. It seems like the classy thing to do with the money is to donate it. If there really is a need to punish the company with a big suit, fine. I don’t think there is in this case. But there are probably tons of rape crisis centers that could really use the money.

  8. Posted June 23, 2006 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    mahndisa :: Good to see you alive and kickin’. :-) Yeah, if I was MySpace I’d countersue for ten times the amount. I’d call it repayment for estimated lost revenue from negative publicity.

    John :: Ya know… that reminds me a lot of the stupid GE dredging of the Hudson for the PCBs. At the time it was legal, and I know that everyone pushing for GE to pay is just doing it to get back at GE, not because it’s a good idea. Nobody living on the river (the ones closest to the PCBs) want this to happen… only the enviro wackos. GE, of course, doesn’t want it to happen, but I can’t really trust their findings because it’s all based on not having to pay. If anything, if I was GE I’d take a PORTION of what it would cost and build a couple water parks along the river…. and call it even.

  9. BA
    Posted June 24, 2006 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Egadzooks! We need to all sue Al Gore because he is the one who invented the internet…….right?

  10. Posted December 1, 2006 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Anyone else having bother with myspace or is it just my pc?
    Last couple of days it seems it wont let me download any song from anywhere.
    Anyone having same bother – or anyone how to sort it?

  11. Posted November 6, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    CANT I GO TO YOUTUBE PLEASE

  12. rntobsn
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Yes, I think it a problem in America overall. It is too easy to sue people and you don’t have a responsibility, so you can pretty much file a lawsuit against anybody for any reason. I think there should be some limitation to it.

  13. Posted September 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    How did the case end up?

  14. Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Great rebuttal, especially: “and we know that stupidity is a self-propagating wave…” very eloquent indeed. And much more polite way of saying what we all thinking about that women!

    First off, what is a, “Buda man”? Or is that some city in the area?

    Second, 1% of myspace is such a ridiculous claim to a “fair” settlement. Honestly, i’d have to put 100% blame on the mom…not myspace and not the girl (boy for what he did as well).

    I find these law cases etc very amusing and hope you do some of these shamings.

  15. Posted May 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    People are always looking for someone to blame (and sue) for things that they are ultimately responsible for. Or at least they are just as much to blame as the target of their lawsuits.

    I can’t imagine suing a company like MySpace for something like this. As other comments have said, it’s like suing the phone company because they allowed them to connect, or the car company for letting them get together.

    People are crazy but until our justice system puts a stop to this kind of goofy lawsuit, it’s just going to keep happening.

  16. Posted September 8, 2014 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Its a tough world we live in, a dangerous one at that. Being sued is very difficult to handle and to be honest im not sure that i agree with it…
    As previously stated, people are looking for someone to blame instead of dealing with the real issues, i feel sorry for all those involved.

  17. Posted September 15, 2014 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Im just thinking about what i would do with $30 million, perhaps there is opportunity in this sort of a ridiculous practice for all of use out there.

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