SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On October 28, 2014, a Santa Clara County Superior Court jury rendered a verdict of $16.5 million for the Plaintiff Class in the case of Doe v. PositiveSingles.com and SuccessfulMatch.com, Case No. 1-11-CV-211205. The case alleged that Plaintiff and other members of the website PositiveSingles.com were misled into becoming members of the site. While the website promised privacy, confidentiality, and that it would not share information with third parties, it turned out that PositiveSingles was simply one of over a thousand different websites, funneling member profiles and personal information into a single database that in fact shared that information with third parties.
Plaintiff and the Class were represented at trial by Robert Green and Lesley Weaver of Green & Noblin, P.C. Plaintiffs’ counsel were assisted by Enrico Schaefer of Traverse Legal, Beth Bonora and Alexis Forbes of BonoraRountree, Trial Consultants and David Nugent of Case Art Legal Graphics.
The verdict was rendered under the California Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”) in the amount of approximately $1.5 million of compensatory damages and $15 million in punitive damages. In a hearing on October 29, 2014, the court indicated that it will issue an injunction prohibiting the illegal conduct and finding that three provisions of the Terms of Service are unconscionable.