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Classmates.com Gets Sued

kijibe
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Posted November 13, 2008 - By kijibe

A San Diego resident has filed a putative class action lawsuit against one of the Internet’s original social networking sites, Classmates.com. 

Founded in 1995, Classmates.com is one of the Internet’s largest advertisers. They spent $30 million in online advertising just in 2005.

The plaintiff, Anthony Michaels, paid $15 to upgrade to a premium membership when he saw an advertisement by the site that former school mates where trying to contact him. When he logged into his Gold Membership profile, “Of those members who viewed Plaintiff's profile, none were former classmates of Plaintiff or persons familiar with or known to Plaintiff."

The class action suit states there are hundreds of thousands of users with plaintiff’s name who were similarly cheated.  The lawsuit is asking for the company to refund millions of dollars in subscription and fine them for misleading advertisement.

Although the site claims to have 40 million registered users, ConsumerAffairs.com receives complaints almost daily about the site’s billing practices, as some members pay $15 every three months to be able to send and receive messages.

While Mr. Michael’s story may seem humorous to some, it may not be so funny if the court finds there is real consumer fraud involved. Defrauding anyone of money  for financial gain in unconscionable by any method.

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