June 10, 2009

Suit accuses Match.com of fraud

A New York man is suing dating site Match.com for causing humiliation and disappointment for people who feel rejected when their e-mails get no reply.

Sean McGinn, 37, said in his federal suit against the Web site that it commits fraud by displaying profiles of people who are no longer subscribers to its $39.99-per-month service, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

McGinn said the practice leads to broken hearts when users write e-mails to the inactive profiles and never receive responses, the New York Daily News reported.

They are left feeling they've been completely ignored and rejected, said Norah Hart, an attorney for McGinn. For some people, it could affect their romantic future.

Match misleads paying subscribers by charging them for the ability to write e-mails to members who can't reply to their e-mails or even read them, the lawsuit states. The complaint does not specify the damages being sought, but notes they exceed $5 million.

Match.com did not respond to a request for a comment from the Post.