We all knew that something reeked when the family of a 14-year-old girl sued MySpace for “failing to protect” the girl from meeting 19-year-old Peter Solis on MySpace – a meeting which lead, they alleged, to a sexual assault. Nevermind that the girl had lied about her age when creating her MySpace account, and that’s the only reason that Pete Solis found her (and believed her to be 18).
And we weren’t surprised when the court dismissed the lawsuit against MySpace for failing to protect the 14 year old girl from Pete Solis.
And, I doubt that anybody was surprised when the girl’s family appealed the dismissal.
Well, that appeal was decided this week by the Federal court, and the results are in: the court has upheld the dismissal, meaning MySpace – 1, greedy litigation-hungry bloodsucking parents – 0.
But, even we were surprised at the language which the courts used, which came out this week when the Federal District Court in Texas upheld the dissing..er..I mean dismissing, of the parents’ case against MySpace, and lambasted the parents for failing their own responsiblity to exercise control over their daughter!
Here’s the part that we liked best – warning, swallow anything in your mouth before reading this:
THE COURT: I want to get this straight. You have a
13- year-old girl who lies, disobeys all of the instructions, later on
disobeys the warning not to give personal information, obviously,
[and] does not communicate with the parent. More important,
the parent does not exercise the parental control over the minor.
The minor gets sexually abused, and you want somebody else to pay for it?
This is the lawsuit that you filed?
Yes, your Honor.
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That came from the lower court, whose dismissal of the case the appeals court affirmed this week.
In short, the family tried to make a Federal case out of it, they had their day in court, and now, well, it’s time to wake up and smell your teenager.