Originally Posted by richinny
if i went to a concert where i got hurt could i sue the newspaper that ran the ad that caused me to buy the tickets?
where is it Japan where if you sue and lose you pay the legal bill? i like that idea.
Maybe. The issue isn't what ridiculous situation you can hypothesize and then call 'stupid'... it's if something happens can there be a link made to a party involved. Simply running an add would likely not make the newspaper party to the event... but sometimes newspapers, radio stations etc are also sponsors. Think they rely on the micro-print on the back of the ticket to protect them?
Whatever the incident, any lawyer is going to name ALL parties that are involved. It will be up to them to prove the link to the incident, but if you don't show up to defend yourself - who will?
In my line of work, when we are named in a lawsuit, it invariably reads "Bonehead vs. Constable Soandso, The City of Somewhere, and The Attorney General of Someprovince"
Liability isn't always a 100% finding either. Say a rally is organized via the forums, something horrible goes wrong and Airforums is named in the civil suit. They might be found only 5% at fault in contributing to the event... but what if it was a multi-million dollar judgement?
"So Mr. Forums, you provide an internet service that connects Airstream owners and people generally interested in such things"
"And you provide facilitators and moderators to monitor the conversations and take action to control the discussion?"
'Well, not control no... well, sometimes... sort of...'
"Would someone using your service tend to think the advice they were being given was of a higher quality, because you have ties to Airstream and assign 'rivets' to members to boost their credibility?"
'Ummm, no, they might not be credible, they might just post a lot, but I guess someone dumb might take their advice as credible, sure'
"Mr Forums, I submit to you that my client IS dumb, and that your forum is designed to generate ad income by presenting itself as a knowledge base for DUMB people, who you know very well will follow advice given to them"
'Ummm, well I guess if they are dumb, the might, sure'
"Do you take any steps to keep dumb people off the Forums?"
'Well, you aren't on the forums...'
"I rest my case and plead with the court to award my dumb client the full amount of the damages requested"