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Old 01-09-2015, 04:34 PM   #1
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If someone gives advice on an electrical forum such as this or others, someone takes the advice and kills themself could the person that gave the advise be held liable legally ?

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Old 01-09-2015, 04:52 PM   #3
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If someone gives advice on an electrical forum such as this or others, someone takes the advice and kills themself could the person that gave the advise be held liable legally ?
No, anymore than they would be liable if they told you to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge and you did it.
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Whilst legally it is possible !
But there are usually a lot of variables involved
leaving plenty of scope for mitigating factors
So the chances of a successful case is rather low

Remember these cases are decided by a jury
and the jury would expect some common sense.

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Don't worry Cletis, where would they find 12 of your peers?
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #7
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Isn't is still possible that expenses may be incurred to defend yourself until culpability is established, if actual damages are the result of bad online advice? If obvious malice, or misrepresentation were involved, wouldn't that increase the exposure to liability?

For once, I'd like to to hear from a lawyer? LOL

Maybe this will work,

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Google search... can't seem to get info at diy...but

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DIY Electrical Forum

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What is your theory for recovery ? (Slander, Breach of Contract, etc)

As no money has exchanged hands, a lot of the recovery theories are gone. Nor is there a physical product involved, which eliminates others.
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Lets hope no one ever has to find out the hard way, but just like I'm sure somewhere on this sight, that all DIY management (if there is such a thing) has a disclaimer set somewhere in place that they are not responsible for anything.

Maybe ad a small personal disclaimer to your own profile (that little area on the bottom of your posts)
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If someone gives advice on an electrical forum such as this or others, someone takes the advice and kills themself could the person that gave the advise be held liable legally ?
There are all sorts of complications to suing someone on line right from the get-go.

You can't sue a screen name, account number, or ip address (in Canada anyway) and you have your right privacy. The forum in question can't give up your real name without a court order otherwise it stands the risk of being sued over privacy issues. That along with the fact that forums handing private information out don't last very long because its members would most surely not feel safe, and leave.

And even with all that, there would have to be proof that advice given actually came from the person holding the forum account. How do you know for sure that Bob Sanders is giving this detail right now and that this is not Bob Sanders' kid. Bob Sanders isn't even really bob sanders btw... because bob sanders is a screen name.

Then there are possible international issues I'm in Canada... your in USA... good luck suing me. The road blocks just go on and on.

Not that any of this can't be done, but it's a daunting and tremendous endevour even for multi billion dollar industries like the movie theaters and pirating.

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You can't sue a screen name, account number, or ip address (in Canada anyway) and you have your right privacy.
How bout I guy like this that gave up his name and face and all (or does that little disclaimer he wrote save his sorry ars?) Or any of those you tube guys showing terrible misleading thangs


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