The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 sued for false advertising

You've seen the ads for, I'm sure. Banners at the top of seemingly every web page on the internet that say "She married him? Catch up on the latest petty gossip at". Or something like that.

Today's Wired magazine has an article entitled User Sues; Schoolmates Weren't Really Looking for Him. The headline pretty much says it all. Anthony Michaels of San Diego, CA received a message from telling him his old high school chums were looking for him. He paid $15 for a premium membership and found out — get ready for it — they lied. Nobody was looking for him. Now he's suing (scanned pdf, 20 pages) for false advertising and hoping for class action status.