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.'”

Read more in the full article here.

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. How many accidents caused by driver fumbling with cigarettes, or the radio. The number one distraction a driver experiences while driving is having a passenger with them.

  2. There are two sentences that will probably appear in the user’s manual for the watch:

    “Do not use while driving.”

    “Do not eat.”

    Adding those should cost much less than a billion dollars.

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