Lawsuit seeks funding from Apple, others for smartwatch warning campaign

“On Monday, an attorney filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google that seeks a court order for the technology companies to fund a $1-billion public education campaign about the dangers of using a smartwatch while driving,” Paresh Dave reports for The Los Angels Times. “In his lawsuit, Stephen Joseph says smartwatches represent a bigger distraction for drivers than smartphones because the vibrations and the sounds from the wrist-worn device will be tougher to ignore.”

“Joseph argues that watches — along with smartphones — represent a nuisance when used while driving and the technology companies’ failure to issue warning is to blame,” Dave reports. “According to the complaint, that argument is based on a ruling this month by the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal that a nuisance case could be brought not just to hold a business responsible for the criminal acts of someone else, but also ‘to make such criminal activity … less likely through the imposition of operating conditions.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Oh, yes, a warning is going to make all the difference. And, how did this particular ambulance chaser arrive at his nice, round $1 billion figure for this “public education campaign?”


    1. The solution is simple. This lawyer runs a business, and his activities are causing a nuisance to millions of other citizens who otherwise could have the court address something truly important, and therefore he needs to compensate the good people of California who have to put up with a****les like this to the tune of $2 billion, because naturally the cure costs more than the cause.

  1. I’m thinking the Watch will be significantly LESS of a distraction then either the iPhone or even car built in bluetooth hands free systems. Almost every time my car system starts up music playing or something that I have to deal with unexpectedly.

    I’m thinking the watch will be on my wrist and always connected to the IPhone and a simple “Hey Siri, call the office” will do it.

    On the other hand, we are introducing another device while driving. As always common sense is better then the law or lawyers or even some car designer that doesn’t have a clue about UI design.

  2. The real problem isn’t smart watches, it’s deadly dangerous vehicles! He should be suing all auto manufacturers globally to make vehicles that are safe to use your smart watch in. Maybe flying cars and sharks with lasers too? I think the Dr. Pepper may have hit his soul. Lawd!

    1. “I’m not saying we should take all idiots out and shoot them. I’m saying we should remove all warning labels and let the problem take care of itself.”

    2. Actually, it’s idiots that cannot drive. The car is just a machine, like the phone and watch. Laws against texting haven’t cut down on texting, just made it more dangerous, as people still do it, but hide their phones by their lap to avoid getting ticketed. Watch and see (pun intended) what legislation comes out of the watch and texting and distracted driving. Glance at your watch? ticket.

  3. Yes, also a funding to warn about stabbing other people, and also to warning about the use of guns, and a warning about the dangers of speeding, and also the dangers passing a red light, and the dangers of terrorism.. and so many things because I see people still doing it so it must be because there was no campaign about it, right? I D I O T S !

    1. “I’m not saying we should take all idiots out and shoot them. I’m saying we should remove all warning labels and let the problem take care of itself.”

  4. “Apple and the other companies didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment.”

    That’s because they were far too busy laughing their heads off at such monumental asshattery to devote even a femtosecond of their time to consider this as anything more than a poor excuse for a comedy routine.


  5. Apple could just allow you to put the watch in Driving Mode to quiet all notifications. Your phone could show your watch is in driving mode so that you don’t forget to turn it off when you stop driving. Simple.

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