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Woman sues Match.com for bad date: says site should check criminal backgrounds

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Prinnctopher's Belt, Apr 17, 2011.


What do you think?

  1. Match is liable; should run background checks

    4 vote(s)
  2. Match is not liable; members solely repsonsible for taking precautions

    13 vote(s)
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  1. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    Woman sues Match.com, says date assaulted her
    Lawsuit demands that Match.com screen its members for sexual predators

    AP Associated Press
    updated 4/15/2011 8:33:57 AM ET 2011-04-15T12:33:57

    LOS ANGELES — A California woman has sued popular website Match.com, saying she was sexually assaulted by a man she met through the online dating service.

    The civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court contends the alleged assailant had previously faced sex crime charges and that the website could have prevented the attack if it had checked his criminal background.
    The woman suing the website is an entertainment executive identified in court documents only as Jane Doe.

    Her attorney Mark L. Webb said his client was attacked at her home by Alan Paul Wurtzel after the two went on a second date at Urth Caffe in West Hollywood last year.

    Wurtzel's attorney Sharon Morris said the incident involving Webb's client was "a consenting sexual encounter between two consenting adults."

    A court spokeswoman could not confirm whether charges had been filed in connection with the recent court case.

    In a separate case, Wurtzel was charged with two felony sexual assault counts in Los Angeles Superior Court last year. He pleaded not guilty to those charges. The case's next court date is April 26.

    The civil suit filed Wednesday demands that Match.com screen its members for sexual predators. The lawsuit asks for a temporary injunction barring the site from signing up more members until Webb's client's demands are met.

    Webb said basic screening would have prevented the attack and revealed Wurtzel's history.

    Match.com attorney Robert Platt said the company can't be expected to screen users.

    "Then you'd have to ask for people's social security numbers, which they don't want to do. And of course you'd have to pass on the cost to the consumer of doing this," he said.

    The company has no liability, he claimed. "There is a provision on the website saying that they're not liable for this, and it lets people know that they're not providing this service and people use it at their own risk."


    F Y I

    From Match.com's terms of service agreement, provision (7):

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  2. damage.case

    damage.case Well-Known Member

    Stupid people always blame somebody else for their own stupidity.
  3. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    ^ Yep. This is frivolous, imo.
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  4. dazzle11215

    dazzle11215 Staff Alumni

    ha ha i'm the only one who voted that match.com should check backgrounds.

    it's probably never gonna happen, but i'd want to know if someone had a history of sexual assaults, or was a registered sex offender. but i guess that's what mister google is for.
  5. topsail81

    topsail81 Well-Known Member

    I think it's one of those "if you're too stupid for the internet you don't need to be in it".

    It's inexcusable if she was assaulted but, you have to be careful with the internet especially if you're meeting someone.
  6. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member


    Our opinions are irrelevant now XD

    ...also, for "match.com criminal backgrounds" this thread is the second google result. I thought search engine crawlers left us alone? :|

    I think the lawsuit is grounded enough to go to court. I don't know if it's Match's responsibility, but it's not frivolous. She was damaged to an extent by a policy of Match's. But it's not clear that the damage is their fault as such.

    I don't like the idea of blanket background checks with flags for every crime, but sex criminals are already registered publicly and Match could reasonably and non-intrusively see if users are on those public registries.
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  7. hornbeam

    hornbeam Well-Known Member

    She should have made sure she was safe - after 2 dates he was in her home (alone)

    To me - that is not making sure you are safe.

    The responsibility lies with the woman involved not Match. com.
  8. peacelovingguy

    peacelovingguy Well-Known Member

    It is a disgrace.

    I thought match com was a football website.
  9. jxdama

    jxdama Staff Member Safety & Support

    too mnay lawyers and too many lawsuits.
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