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Is her suit against Match.com, valid?

Posted by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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Mary Kay Beckman says in a lawsuit that she was nearly stabbed to death by a man she met on Match.com.

A Las Vegas woman is suing Match.com for nearly $10 million, claiming she was "negligently" matched with a man who tried to kill her, according to Courtroom News Service.

Mary Kay Beckman, 49, says in her lawsuit, filed in Clark County, Nev., that Match.com misled her into believing her subscription would result in a "stable and loving relationship with another member" the report says.

The lawsuit claims Match.com failed to warn Beckman that she might meet someone "whose intentions are not to find a mate, but to find victims to kill or rape," the report says.

Beckman signed up for an account in August 2010, according to the report, and was matched with 53-year-old Wade Mitchell Ridley. She met him on Sept. 26, 2010, but decided she didn't want to see him anymore 10 days later, after which Ridley allegedly sent her threatening messages, the report says.

Four months later, Ridley hid in her garage and stabbed her 10 times, the lawsuit says. Beckman required surgery to repair her jaw, preserve her eyesight and replace part of her skull, the suit says.

Video: Woman suing Match.com after brutal attack

Ridley later was charged in the case and sentenced to up to 70 years in prison, where he committed suicide, according to CBS Las Vegas.

Beckman is seeking $346,000 in economic damages, $5.4 million in noneconomic damages and $4.1 million in punitive damages.

According to CBS Las Vegas, Match.com defended itself in a statement, saying, "What happened to Mary Kay Beckman is horrible, but this lawsuit is absurd. ... This is about a sick, twisted individual with no prior criminal record, not an entire community of men and women looking to meet each other."

http://news.msn.com/us/woman-sues-matchcom-for-nearly-dollar10-million-after-attack?ocid=ansnews11

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JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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More passengers on the "no one takes responsibility for their choices " wagon I see.
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AdensMommy1107
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM
There was no way of knowing what he was capable of, especially if he had no criminal background. IF maybe he had, and the company failed to disclose that then she might have something. Buy the same thing could have happened with a guy she met at a coffee shop.
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Kitschy
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM
It's tough because he didn't have a record. I'm unsure on this one. I'm not sure the company was negligent.
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Kitschy
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM
If the site had a warning listed would she have not participated?
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Due9
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Who could possibly predict this guy was psycho? No one

Paperfishies
by Platinum Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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No.  This is the risk you take when you meet someone online and are alone with them...hell, it's the risk you take when you date.  

Rust.n.Gears
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM
Mind you the article does not list that she was not his first victim or his last. Match did not participate with the police in helping find him and protect their clients. She may have a reason on those grounds.
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darcibeisheim
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

 Really, it takes a genies to know that anyone can hide behind a computer screen?

I don't know about Match.com, but every dating site I have ever visited, has somewhere posted safety tips on meeting in person..

AdellesMom
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM
She shouldn't get anything. That's the risk you take when you decide to meet a random person from the Internet that you've never met before.

The Craigslist Killer didn't have a record either. I know it's not the same thing. However, the point is that people need to be careful, and be responsible for their actions.
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thatgirl70
by Carin on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

No, she doesn't have a case. You take a chance when you sign up for dating sites. The company can't and won't do a background check on everyone that signs up, and in the case of this guy, it looks like it didn't matter anyway because he had no previous record. 

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