Friday, November 26, 2004

I Can't Help Myself, So Sue You

First it was cigarette smoking, then it was smoking guns, now it's a smoking credit card. The user blames the provider for being unable to control herself:
It's not my fault. I'm mentally ill. That's the argument a woman is using to sue American Express for two (M) million dollars after she ran up nearly one (M) million dollar in charges and couldn't pay the bill.

Prosecutors say the woman - 40-year-old Antoinette Millard - posed as a Saudi princess to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. She is now suing America Express saying she was mentally incompetent when she opened her account and the company should have known it....

But she would have sued American Express for invasion of privacy had the company tried to discern her mental state.