It is common knowledge that people can be hurt by other people's actions. Civil courts in California are full of cases brought by victims of injuries on the road, in public places or even on badly maintained sidewalks. Beyond premises liability or personal injury, companies can be held liable for the negative effects of their products.
California is the first state to legislate the safety of internet-connected products, recognizing the risks involved in the use of the world's information superhighway. A lawsuit alleges that a software company based in San Francisco supported a website that may have provided a marketplace for trafficking of minors.