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Lawyer sues Apple for failing to halt his porn addiction

updated 10:01 pm EDT, Fri July 12, 2013

Typo led to addiction, divorce, hospitalization; wants default 'safe mode'

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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  1. Bittyson

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    Just when you thought lawyers couldn't be any more detestable.

  1. Sebehk

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    Oh GAWD. I hope this gets turned down immediately.

  1. JackWebb

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    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.

  1. TomMcIn

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    Well at least he did not file his case in East Texas.

  1. mgpalma

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    Whoa! Gave me a heart attack, had to check my calendar...glad it's not April 1st.

  1. Paul Huang

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    He should have sued his mother and father.

  1. iphonerulez

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    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.

  1. MacGeekAz

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    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.

  1. LenE

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    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.

  1. Paulrm

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    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.

  1. coffeetime

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    Wow. Unreal. I thought suing McDonald for fatty food case was pretty bad.

  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

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    Can I sue Apple because my butt itches?

  1. Hillbilly Geek

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    idjit

  1. thinkman

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    This guy is a joke! Hmmm...... reminds me of a joke: How do you know when a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving.

  1. uhmorphous

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    Originally Posted by LenEView 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.

  1. uhmorphous

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    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130626/PROMO/130625031/Nashville-lawyer-accused-stalking-John-Rich

  1. chas_m

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    The picture is in fact a mug shot of Mr. Sevier.

  1. fmaxwell

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    They guy is a lawyer; he f*cks people for money. So why is it a surprise he has a porn addiction?

  1. DiabloConQueso

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    "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.

  1. stevesnj

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    I think we have officially found the stupidest person on the planet.

  1. cgc

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    Originally Posted by Paul HuangView Post

    He should have sued his mother and father.



    He should sue his penis.

  1. Truthsayer

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    Wanker...

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