subscribers file class action alleging use of bogus profiles

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Subscribers of U.S. online dating giant allege in a class action complaint filed in the US District Court in Dallas that uses bogus romantic come-ons by phony or inactive members to get subscribers to renew, a lawsuit alleges.  The suit alleges that more than half the personal profiles featured on belong to inactive members or scammers.

This — plus the charge the company doesn’t vet profiles for legitimacy or delete profiles of canceled customers — is a breach of contract, a breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and negligent misrepresentation, the five men and women suing the Dallas company allege.  The plaintiffs, who seek unspecified damages and repayment of their subscription fees, also seek class-action status for their lawsuit, which would let a large group of people collectively to bring claims to court., which was founded in 1995 and says it has more than 1.82 million paid subscribers, said in a statement quoted by The Dallas Morning News that the lawsuit had “no merit.”  The company said it would “defend the lawsuit vigorously.” earned $38.1 million in the most recent period, parent IAC/InterActiveCorp. said in an earnings report.