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Torts/Personal Injury

Jun. 10, 2024

Court rules background checks are not required for Lyft passengers

The Court applied the sliding scale of foreseeability factors from the California Supreme Court cases of Rowland v. Christian and Ann M. v. Pacific Plaza Shopping Center, which balance the likelihood of third-party criminal acts against the burden and efficacy of the proposed security measures.


A rideshare passenger with a criminal history stabs his Lyft driver. The driver survives but suffers serious stab wounds. He sues Lyft, arguing that the company has a duty to prevent foreseeable attacks like the one he experienced. Lyft counters that, under California Supreme Court precedent, the isolated attack was not foreseeable enough to compel Lyft to take burdensome measures to prevent third-party attacks.

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