Disgruntled customers at Match.com decided to set a date with the matchmaking website in the courtroom. The lawsuit, which contended the company duped consumers into believing it has millions of subscribers despite more than half of those being inactive, fake, and/or spam accounts, was largely dismissed in a Dallas courtroom on Friday. The lawsuit, which had sought class-action status on behalf of Match.com subscribers, was filed in 2010 by several users of the site.
The language of the agreements “in no way requires Match.com to police, vet, update the website content” or verify the accuracy of profiles on the site, the judge wrote.
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Jeffrey Norton, of the law firm Newman Ferrara, made a statement via e-mail saying, “we are reviewing the decision and considering our options.”
A spokesman for Match.com said it was pleased with the ruling, adding that it had always maintained that the allegations were “unfounded.”