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Woman sues Google over bad directions ... just not this woman

June 1, 2010 |  5:05 pm

Last week, a Los Angeles County woman sued Google in federal court for damages, claiming the search engine was responsible for her being hit by a car.

Lauren Rosenberg -- who also sued the driver who hit her -- said the company was “careless, reckless and negligent” in supplying her with walking directions in Park City, Utah, last year that led her onto a rural state highway with no sidewalks.

And this week, Lauren Rosenberg of Santa Monica got bombarded with the public reaction. Strangers left tart phone messages and withering e-mails lambasting her for suing Google.

The problem is -- they found the wrong Lauren Rosenberg.

This Lauren Rosenberg owns a public relations company, did not sue Google over bad directions and says she wouldn’t have followed those directions anyway. (“Just because Google says to walk on a highway, you don’t walk on a highway.”)

What she’s struggling to cope with is the fallout mistakenly directed her way. “It’s really unbelievable,” said Rosenberg. “The first one I received was an e-mail from a friend saying, ‘Gee, I thought you were smarter than that.’ ”

That’s when Rosenberg discovered that someone who shares her name had sued Google.

“I replied, ‘I swear I’m smarter than that.’ Smiley face.”

At least the missives from her friends were funny -- or worried. (“Not you, I hope?” e-mailed one friend with a link to the story.)

Strangers, though, have been scathing.

“Is this the same woman that is suing Google and a Park City man for hitting her?” asked one e-mailer. “If so ... stop suing people you idiot!”

“They all tell me I’m stupid and how dare I sue Google, take some responsibility for your own actions,” said Rosenberg.

“At first I thought it was funny. I just cracked up," she said. "Then today when I got more, I thought this could be a problem.”

She posted a note on her blog captioned “A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY,” alerting the public that she is not the litigious Lauren Rosenberg. “Can you say ‘damage control’?” she concludes.

“I think it’s similar to the McDonald’s coffee incident,” she said, speculating on why this has raised such public ire. “It’s an opportunity for a girl to make a fast buck. People are so sue-happy.”

The attorney representing the plaintiff Rosenberg did not return phone calls.

Rosenberg was monitoring her e-mails and call-waiting as she chatted with a reporter on the phone.

“By the way,” she said, “ABC 7 just contacted me.” They didn’t want to talk about why she was suing Google. They wanted to talk about how she was being mistaken for the woman who was suing Google.

-- Carla Hall

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