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Lawyer sues Apple for failing to halt his porn addiction
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Jul 12, 2013, 11:12 PM
 
A Tennessee lawyer is suing Apple essentially because it is possible to use its products to view pornography. Mark "Chris" Sevier claims that the company is negligent by not setting a default "safe mode" that would bar all pornography automatically -- as though such a thing were possible -- and blames Apple for his addiction to pornography that destroyed his marriage, and that Apple "failed to provide him with warnings of the dangers of online pornography." Sevier is seeking relief in the form of an injunction against Apple and forced donation to anti-pornography groups among other demands.

The entire bizarre and error-laden complaint can be viewed below. While saying that he "loves Apple" and believes the company to be legitimately "concerned with the welfare of our Nation's children while furthering pro-American values," the company is nonetheless responsible for his discovery of online pornography and subsequent addiction.

The problem apparently began when Seviers mistyped "Facebook" and landed on a pornographic site. Apple, he says, should have blocked this and warned him of the dangers in viewing adult material (the site itself, like most adult site, carries a warning regarding age and legality already). He claims that Apple should sell products only with Internet filters already incorporated, and that only buyers over 18 could request a password from Apple to unlock Internet access.

The case will certainly be dismissed on a number of grounds, ranging from technical errors in the filing to a lack of a proper attorney. It should be noted that Seviers, believed to be 36 years old, is currently disallowed from practicing law himself in the state by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, which placed his license on "disability inactive status" due to "mental infirmity or illness" in 2011. Seviers was also arrested last month on a charge of stalking country music performer John Rich.


     
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Jul 12, 2013, 11:24 PM
 
Just when you thought lawyers couldn't be any more detestable.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 12:06 AM
 
Oh GAWD. I hope this gets turned down immediately.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 12:10 AM
 
At any other time in history this would be a farce meant for a dystopian novel. It is like suing the maker of a glass for alcoholism.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 12:14 AM
 
Well at least he did not file his case in East Texas.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 01:05 AM
 
Whoa! Gave me a heart attack, had to check my calendar...glad it's not April 1st.
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Jul 13, 2013, 01:08 AM
 
He should have sued his mother and father.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 01:21 AM
 
He must have pulled up the site www.sitonmyfacebook.com by accident.

I still don't understand why he would just sue Apple. All browsers on all platforms allow access to porn sites. That's what makes the internet the wonderful discovery medium that it is. However, the idea of built-in porn filters for Safari doesn't sound like a very bad idea at all. The only problem is that there are already enough haters that don't like the idea of Apple even allowing porn on apps and on iTunes. They claim that Apple is too controlling and too close-minded.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 01:41 AM
 
Unfortunately, this case will fall flat on its face. There is a porn filter in Users & Groups Account settings under the Web tab in Parental Controls.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 01:43 AM
 
If the goofball pictured on the front page is the plaintiff, well he looks happy.

Any chance this is some bizarre play for a reality show? I mean he's using a click-bait strategy in a lawsuit, and starts off the filing with a plug for his unknown band with a video on YouIdiot.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 03:12 AM
 
It's not an "accident" when you type f*ckbook instead of Facebook. Reading this lawsuit will instantly tell you that this man is mentally deranged.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 09:32 AM
 
Wow. Unreal. I thought suing McDonald for fatty food case was pretty bad.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 11:48 AM
 
Can I sue Apple because my butt itches?
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 12:15 PM
 
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Jul 13, 2013, 12:20 PM
 
This guy is a joke! Hmmm...... reminds me of a joke: How do you know when a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 12:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by LenE View Post
If the goofball pictured on the front page is the plaintiff, well he looks happy.

Any chance this is some bizarre play for a reality show? I mean he's using a click-bait strategy in a lawsuit, and starts off the filing with a plug for his unknown band with a video on YouIdiot.
Nah, that's just a stock pic. The plaintiff is 36. And never going to be able to pay down his school debt. Looney frickin' Toons, man.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 01:38 PM
 
The picture is in fact a mug shot of Mr. Sevier.
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Jul 13, 2013, 02:08 PM
 
They guy is a lawyer; he f*cks people for money. So why is it a surprise he has a porn addiction?
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 03:03 PM
 
"It should be noted that Seviers, believed to be 36 years old, is currently disallowed from practicing law himself in the state by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, which placed his license on "disability inactive status" due to "mental infirmity or illness" in 2011."

I think we have our answer.
     
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Jul 13, 2013, 11:30 PM
 
I think we have officially found the stupidest person on the planet.
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Jul 14, 2013, 09:10 AM
 
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He should have sued his mother and father.
He should sue his penis.
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Jul 14, 2013, 10:14 AM
 
Wanker...
     
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Jul 14, 2013, 10:20 AM
 
Damnit, I was seriously coming into this thread expecting to find said pornography.
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Jul 14, 2013, 11:41 AM
 
The judge should order him to get spayed.
     
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Jul 14, 2013, 04:08 PM
 
This has GOT to be a publicity stunt for the youtube video at the beginning of the filing. I mean, the guy is obviously mentally unstable, but linking to your garage band's video in the second sentence can't be an accident. He's already lost the ability to practice law by being crazy, so it's not like they can censure him any more on that count.
     
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Jul 14, 2013, 09:49 PM
 
Just listened to a couple of his "bands" songs on youtube. They're not bad, I really liked "Paranoid".

Simple publicity stunt.
Good luck with that.

Oh yeah, he also has legal issues from stalking John Rich, from Big and Rich.
     
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Jul 15, 2013, 02:02 AM
 
Overheard at The Onion: "We quit. We could write for a hundred years and not top this. Effective tomorrow - nothing but cute kitten videos."
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"Paranoid" does sound good.
     
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Jul 15, 2013, 09:52 AM
 
Why isn't this legal genius suing the porn industry?
     
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Jul 15, 2013, 04:44 PM
 
Just put him on the "Do not sell to:" list. He could sue the US Government, for watching as he surfed porn without stopping him.

This case should go in the circular file.
     
   
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