Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Caught Red Handed!!!

If you are caught having an affair and it ends up being the demise of your marriage, who is to blame? Can you sue the person or persons who revealed your secret to your spouse? What if the person who revealed your secret was actually a corporation? That is exactly what a Toronto woman is doing as a result of a cell phone company wrongfully combining the woman's private cell phone bill that was in her maiden name with that of her husband's. She is suing for breach of contract among other things and blames the cell phone company's wrongful act for her divorce and loss of job. While I believe that the breach of contract claim has merit due to the cell phone company's unilateral termination of her cell phone contract, I am not sure whether her claim that the cell phone company is responsible for her divorce has any merit at all. If you committed adultery and someone inadvertently reveals this to your spouse, should you be able to have any monetary recovery from that person or company that revealed your secret? What about personal accountability for your actions? Where do we draw the line? I am interested to hear any one's thoughts on this subject.

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1 comment:

Sean said...

I think that a lack of personal accountability is a problem for most people in this day and age.

Of course, I also whole-heartedly believe that had this woman been ratted out by a mutual friend, she wouldn't have tried to sue the friend for the divorce.

All too often, people believe that they can get away with suing large corporations because they would rather settle than take a PR hit. The unfortunate truth is that it's not like there isn't a precedent to reinforce that belief. In this case, I sincerely hope that the company chooses not to settle. I don't think it's a battle that she can win if brought to court.