Should You Be Able To Sue If You Can’t Find Love Online?

A Brooklyn man is doing just that! A recent piece on nypost.com reports that Sean McGinn is taking Match.com to court due to the “humiliation and disappointment” on lonely hearts “who feel rejected when their e-mails get no reply.”

Sean McGinn alleges the popular matchmaking Web site dangles phony date bait by posting profiles of people who no longer subscribe to its $39.99-a-month service. As a result, lovelorn singles have been “defrauded” out of millions of dollars and countless hours spent sending heartfelt missives in vain.”

McGinn is also demanding that the Internet’s biggest dating site “cease and desist its deceptive practices,” which he claims are “willfully causing emotional harm to the consumer and social harm to society at large.

“Match’s policy causes severe emotional distress and anxiety for some [subscribers], including those who keep writing e-mails to one member after another and never hear back because he/she is writing to people who’ve canceled,” his suit says.

So what are your thoughts on this case? Do you think Match.com, or any online dating site for that matter, deceives users with inaccurate claims? Would love to hear what you think. While we’re on the subject on online dating, just a reminder that the sale on my Finding the One Online CD series is only available for another 6 days. Get $100 off the complete package by clicking http://www.findingtheoneonline.com/promo/.

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  1. 61
    starthrower68

    BTW, I think someone should start a dating site for scammers to try to out-scam each other.

  2. 62
    Michael Ejercito

    LOL! Are you sure those aren’t Nigerian internet scammers?
    They could be Russians.

  3. 63
    texasdarlin

    I have profiles on match, eharmony, & chemistry. I have been active on all three sites since shortly after Valentine’s day. By far, I have had the best success on match. I don’t wink or write emails to anybody who hasn’t been active in the last 24 hrs. Very rarely do I ever get a “thanks, but no thanks” type of email. They either respond because they’re interested or my emails go unanswered. I’ve recently contacted all three by phone for various reasons and all were quick to respond. I’ll admit that my experience with chemistry has been off-putting. Few men respond to my interest, and even fewer show interest. I contacted Chemistry to see what could be done about this and I will have wait to see if it gets any better. My essay and pictures are the same as my match profile so why the problem? My point is this: if somebody’s unhappy with a service that they are paying for usually the company or person providing the service is willing to work with the individual and if all else fails, refund their money. People are more likely to spread bad press than good press & businesses don’t want bad reputations. I don’t know if the gentleman tried to resolve anything with match before litigation, my thought is he’s unhappy & wants some easy money.

  4. 64
    downtowngal

    Suing is a bit extreme, but there’s always more to the story with these things.

    Many dating services employ deceptive practices. I had an issue w Chemistry where they automatically renewed my membership, and when you join there’s no option to opt out of “auto renew”, instead you have to cancel but when you do they give you the impression you’ll immediately lose contact w the folks you’re already match with.

    My cousin signed up for a personal matchmaking service in NY, only to find out it didn’t live up to is promises (putting it mildly). He then discovered that the NYS Attorney General has guidelines for dating services, i.e. fee limits, etc. and that the folks who ran the service had voilated. Only when he confronted the owner with this was he able to get a refund.

    Does this mean people should sue? Probably not, but people get frustrated and these services play on vulnerabilities.

    Online dating is much less expensive than a matchmaking service. If enough people grumble states will pass laws so the courts don’t get clogged up with frivilous cases.

  5. 65
    Christian Single

    Geez, what a surprising news! It is my first time to hear with this kind of headline that a member sues a dating site because he was not able to find “the one”.

  6. 66
    Kenley

    After recently having a run in with a corporate giant, I think the only way to get them to stop doing something wrong is to make it about money — they have to be worried that they are going to lose lots of it. The article simply indicates he wants Match.com to remove cancelled memberships, and to stop sending phony winks to keep members active. He is not faulting or blaming Match for real women not writing to him. Maybe the idea of dating sites engaging in misleading and deceptive practices isn’t a big deal to people, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing to force businesses to be moral and ethical — characteristics too many business will happily forsake in order to make more money.

  7. 67
    Michael

    The article simply indicates he wants Match.com to remove cancelled memberships, and to stop sending phony winks to keep members active
    Has Match.Com ever sent a phony wink?

  8. 68
    Tom

    Well with so many very high maintenance women out there nowadays that think they’re God’s gift to men certainly doesn’t help the situation either. And with these real pathetic dating sites that they have out there nowadays, that wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  9. 69
    Kevin Schepis

         Match is a joke and something everyone should avoid. They are being sued by a lot of people and some cases are will hopefully change the way they scam people. They clearly write profiles and if they respond they type to make you pay more money for something else they offer. Stay away… if you want to meet someone online because of life etc. look into what you are paying for and some background of what other people are saying about it. I figured something was up with match so I tried to get the girls to go out for coffee a safe cheap way to get to know someone and no one was willing even making me their best choice etc. Stay away! One last point… the male to female ratio is huge, I hope guys want to date guys..
     

    1. 69.1
      hunter

      to kevin schepis,

       …ratio of men to women on most dating sites is 13:1, I think many women refuse to go on a internet dating site….

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