October 07, 2005

(Can't Get No) Satisfaction Dept.

A LOS ANGELES MAN has sued a dating service after another subscriber rejected him, KNBC-TV in that city has reported. The man argues that JDate.com, an on-line dating service for Jewish singles, guaranteed he would find high-quality personals without wasting time. However, KNBC says, the man charges that things didn't turn out that way:

The subscriber, who is a co-defendant in the case, made sexual remarks during the chat, claimed to work for the nation's largest lingerie manufacturer, and told (plaintiff Soheil) Davood that "she might have found her man in the plaintiff," the suit states.

Davood claims the subscriber wanted to talk to him and even convinced him to call directly when he became tired and wanted to go to sleep.

When the plaintiff called, he "received a taunting automated message telling him that he was rejected."

Davood, who is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, claims the Web site is "defective" because it was poorly designed and monitored, which exposed him to "serious psychological injury."

Speaking personally, I'd like to thank the folks over at Overlawyered for linking the co-defendant's profile. This was quite helpful for my own research in preparing this post, and ... oh! Sorry. Got distracted there for a moment. Where were we? Legal case, man sues dating service, right.

The lawsuit, of course, is silly. But part of me thinks this is one of those "unintended consequence" type of situations. I doubt very much that Mr Davood expected the press to pick up on his lawsuit, which now has exposed his love-life woes to approximately half the world's population. More importantly for Mr Davood, this lawsuit could also lessen his chances of success in the romantic arena, as women don't especially like getting sued prior to the first date.

Of course, the real bit missing from this story is this: who's the lawyer, if there was one, who filed Mr Davood's lawsuit? It's one thing if Mr Davood filed pro se but another entirely if a lawyer actually took the case.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at October 7, 2005 08:18 AM | TrackBack