Friday, May 21, 2010
Gabriella Nagy Sues Rogers (Phone Company) For Letting Her Husband See Incriminating Phone Records
There are many lame excuses given for why a marriage fails. For example, Lois Feldman apparently blamed her failed relationship on alcohol at an Iowa v. Minnesota football game. FELDMAN LINK. Earlier this week Legal Pub explored an extra marital affair of a "sinner" as it applied to Congressman Souder. But quite frankly, the idea of blaming a failed marriage on a phone company may top them all. Yet, Gabriella Nagy, 35, contends with a straight face that her telephone company ruined her life when it provided her husband with an itemized bill listing calls to her lover. The Canadian woman claims Rogers Wireless owes her $600,000 for invasion of privacy and breach of contract because her records were furnished without her consent. "I want others to know what a big corporation has done," Nagy is quoted as saying in the The Vancouver Sun.
Now after that public statement, "others" not only know of the phone company but also about what Nagy had done. By airing her problem in public, she has brought attention to her own misconduct. Nevertheless, Nagy is pressing forward with her claim that since she had opened the account solely under her maiden name, her husband had no right to share the information in the account. As a plaintiff she contends that Rogers terminated her contact without her permission, transferred her services to someone else's name and breached her privacy. Good luck with these contentions and the "clean hands doctrine." Most readers will likely find this suit as offensive as the David Phahler lawsuit against an eight year old skier. PHAHLER LINK.
Just how did she get caught? Nagy's husband apparently became suspicious when he saw long phone conversations with an unknown number on the invoice. Apparently he called the number and learned of some type of relationship with the other person. (The alleged affair had apparently ended at this point.) According to the Toronto Star, the plaintiff's lawsuit has been on file since December of 2008.. Rogers denied all liability in a London's Daily Telegraph publication: "The marriage breakup and its effects happened, or alternatively, would in any event have happened, regardless of the form in which the plaintiff and her husband received their invoices," the statement read. Nagy said she "lost everything." (This defense should be rather intuitively obvious to most folks.)
Nagy's fate is not unlike that of many cheaters. Her husband left her and the couple's two young children (age 6 and 7) in August 2007. Subsequently, Nagy has claimed that she lost her job as an apartment rental agent and suffers from depression. Nagy apparently admits the affair was a regrettable mistake. But like so many cheaters, does she regret the affair or being caught? Nagy is represented by attorney Edward Tonello.