sued over phantoms

Lon Chaney, Jr.'s Phantom profile

Last week, a subscriber to the popular dating website filed a lawsuit against the site because “over 90% of the profiles visible on the website are phantoms.”  Sadly, the lawsuit is not about phantoms in the spooky sense.  The lawsuit is about subscribers who don’t actually exist –cancelled subscribers, people who never subscribed at all, duplicate profiles, or fictional composite characters created by or one of its subcontractors.  The suit alleges that the “phantom” profiles make up the majority of the dating site and that “at bottom, is a scam.”

Mr. Jesse Kaposi, the plaintiff, states that he recieved “winks” and “e-mails” from users who did not have active accounts. According to him, these fake “winks” and “e-mails” induced him to keep his account active and continue making payments to the site. Mr. Kaposi, as a consequence, brought suit under the Texas Consumer Protection Act, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and a breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing.

A copy of the suit can be found at this link.

Photo courtesy of cole007.


~ by siouxsielaw on August 9, 2011.

2 Responses to “ sued over phantoms”

  1. Sounds like deceptive trade to me.

  2. I told my friend who is an expert on-line dater about this case and he didn’t think it was a scam. He said he just went on a date he met on that site. sounds pretty sketchy to me.

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