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Match.com, the popular online dating site, has recently gotten the attention of the media and dozens of bloggers over a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles claiming it set up a fake date to keep a client subscribing. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips partner Robert Platt, who is representing Match.com, said the case is simply a “frivolous” claim that the company plans not to settle. Just like any other business, people are looking to make an easy buck, he said. Platt has also been dealing with a class action that says the California dating act applies to online dating. That act, which was established in the era of brick-and-mortar dating services, required companies to refund money if the user did not receive the intended services. That act was created to avoid situations where candidates paid huge upfront fees after they were assured they’d meet a suitable person, Platt explained. “They’d come in, and there would be one guy who weighed 700 pounds, was unemployed and smelled,” Platt joked. Of course, candidates would want their money back. The act also says that if you move more than 50 miles from the dating office, you can get money back. “How does that apply to us?” Platt said. “We don’t even have a dating services office and we’re in 153 different countries.” Despite the recent press on lawsuits, “the overwhelming majority of people who use our site love it,” he said.

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