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You may have read about the woman who filed a lawsuit against Match.com after a man she met through the site attacked and nearly killed her. According to the AP, her suit is seeking 10 million dollars. You may have also read Match.com‘s statement, which is reproduced below:

“What happened to Mary Kay Beckman is horrible but this lawsuit is absurd. The many millions of people who have found love on Match.com and other online dating sites know how fulfilling it is. And while that doesn’t make what happened in this case any less awful, 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.”

It is impossible to know at this point whether the suit has any merit. Match.com‘s terms of use may enable it to escape liability in this case, because prospective members are warned that members are not subject to background checks. Nevertheless, the woman’s understanding of Match.com‘s membership process–from not only their official terms but also from their constant advertisements–will be significant. Stay tuned.

“We let issues perk. We let racial segregation perk for 50 years.”

–Justice Sonia Sotomayor, March 26, 2013

Of all the comments made during oral arguments over Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California, these were the most interesting. Not only because Justice Sotomayor confused the word “perk” with “percolate” (she had to, because “perk” means to become more cheerful, something that racial segregation never did pull off), but because they seemed to reveal a certain hubris, and an undeserved one at that.