On November 10, 2005, a purported class action lawsuit was filed by one Matthew Evans against Match.com in federal court in Los Angeles. This lawsuit is based entirely on fictional accusations, and the woman named in the lawsuit as a Match.com employee has confirmed in a sworn statement that she has never been an employee of Match.com, nor was she ever paid to go on dates with any members or subscribers.
Today, Match.com formally demanded that Evans and his attorneys voluntarily dismiss this lawsuit as factually baseless. Should they fail to do so, Match.com will ask the court to dismiss the case as soon as possible and seek all available sanctions and damages from Evans and his attorneys.
"The suit apparently was filed by Evans and his attorneys on the basis of no evidence whatsoever and without any investigation of the facts as required by federal law," said Kristin Kelly, spokeswoman for Match.com. "We are exposing this suit for what it is -- a cynical attempt to impugn the good name of Match.com, at the expense of the millions of quality single people who have entrusted their emotional futures to us. Rest assured that Match.com intends to fight back against this totally baseless attack with all of our resources."
Match.com pioneered online personals when it launched on the Web in 1995 and continues to lead this exciting and evolving category after a decade. Throughout its 10-year history, Match.com has redefined the way people meet and fall in love and is credited with more marriages than any other site. Today, more than 15 million people around the world participate in the Match.com community, providing a rich tapestry of ethnicities, interests, goals, ambitions, quirks, looks and personalities from which to choose.
Match.com is the world's biggest online dating and personals property, according to the August 2005 global ranking of the Personals category by industry-leading independent measurement firm comScore Media Metrix. Number one across North America and Europe, Match.com operates leading subscription- based online dating sites in 32 countries, in 18 languages and spanning six continents. Match.com also powers online dating on MSN across Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL. Match.com is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI).
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