Sunday, December 17

Google Sued For Bad Directions

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By Christen Ward

Imagine a normal day, walking around trying to get directions on your high tech smartphone – a  Blackberry, in this case..

Now imagine not having the common sense to look up and realize that Google Maps inadvertently landed you on a state route – with absolutely no pedestrian path. And imagine, not surprisingly to most, that a car hits you.

This is exactly the situation of Los Angeles woman, Laura Rosenberg, whose faulty reasoning skills landed her in the aforementioned predicament; and now she’s taking it upon herself to actually sue Google Maps.

Rosenberg is presently seeking $100,000 from Google (and also, she’s seeking damages from the rural highway driver who struck her, Patrick Harwood).

According to, the lawsuit reads as following: “As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless, and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle, causing her to suffer severe permanent physical, emotional, and mental injuries, including pain and suffering, and causing her to incur medical expenses in amounts in excess of $100,000.00.”

Google Maps even has a warning posted when you get walking directions: “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”

I think we may have learned a valuable lesson here, America.

Don’t sue because you’ve a Blackberry in you hand, and not common sense in your head.

These aren’t bad directions – this is just bad judgment.


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