SAN FRANCISCO — An upstart recruiting firm accused of raiding LinkedIn profiles has hired Agility IP Law to run its defense.
Agility partners James Otteson and Brandon Baum entered appearances on Thursday for Robocog Inc. The company, doing business as HiringSolved, allegedly created thousands of fake LinkedIn accounts to scrape data from members’ profiles. The information was then used to bolster HiringSolved, which offers leads on prospective job candidates, according to the complaint in LinkedIn v. Robocog, 14-0068.
Represented by Munger Tolles & Olson, LinkedIn took aim at the bots before it knew who was behind them. After filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in January, LinkedIn tracked down HiringSolved and its founder, Shon Burton, through a cloud computing platform they allegedly used to deploy the bots, according to the complaint.
Suing under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and California’s Comprehensive Computer Access and Fraud Act, the Mountain View-based company claims that the deluge of fake profiles compromised its professional network. Moreover, LinkedIn contends the infiltration threatened its own headhunting service, LinkedIn Recruiter. LinkedIn seeks damages and an injunction to stop HiringSolved.
Agility’s Baum declined to comment on the firm’s appearance. The case was transferred to newly confirmed U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose on Thursday.
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