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Match.com Sued Over Relationship That Ended in Attempted Murder

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50-year-old Mary Kay Beckman has filed a $10 million lawsuit against dating site Match.com, placing blame on them for a 2011 incident that left her nearly dead.

In September of 2010, Beckman met her “match” on the site, 53-year-old Wade Ridley. But after just eight days, she decided to break it off. Four months later, he broke into her house and stabbed her 10 times with a butcher knife. So hard that according to reports, the knife broke.

Ridley later committed suicide in jail awaiting trial.

Beckman is suing, claiming that Match.com doesn’t do enough to warn people of the risks they take when pursuing an online “match.”

Match.com has responded to the lawsuit, calling the situation “horrible” but the lawsuit itself “absurd”:

What happened to Mary Kay Beckman is horrible but this lawsuit is absurd. The many millions of people who have found love on Match.com and other online dating sites know how fulfilling it is. And while that doesn’t make what happened in this case any less awful, this is about a sick, twisted individual with no prior criminal record, not an entire community of men and women looking to meet each other.

Match.com’s terms of use does tackle the issue of “interactions with other members,” saying that they are not responsible for them, and that they currently don’t conduct criminal background checks. “Match.com makes no representations or warranties as to the conduct of members or their compatibility with any current of future member,” they state.

“IN NO EVENT SHALL MATCH.COM BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, GENERAL, SPECIAL, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL, AND/OR INCIDENTAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE SERVICE,” says the site in big, bold, capital letters.

But it’s not as if terms of use are always airtight and courts can’t rule against a company in spite of them. What do you think? Is match.com in any way liable for violence that occurred based on one of their suggestions? Or is this lawsuit, like they put it, absurd?

[Fox 4 via Mashable]

Match.com Sued Over Relationship That Ended in Attempted Murder
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  • http://Match.com Kimberly Macrae

    I was a member of match and dated many men
    One night I was in fear, however, he was the man I
    Trusted the most being military and all but he was not safe!
    He roughed me up & that is my own carelessness putting myself in a situation with a “friendly stranger” I didn’t check out thoroughly before my date with him!!!
    Not match.com fault, mine! I’m very cautious today but still do not give up the hope for “The love I am in search for”!
    Safely of curse ~

  • Pauline Barraza

    I went on match.com as a goof, for one month and cancelled because of all the crap. Despite my settings stating my preference for someone local to me (within 50 miles) I got every old pervy looking guy from the east coast cruising me, and the only “real” hits I got were from Nigerian scammers. When I looked at profiles match.com selected for me, I noticed these same scammers had multiple profiles,

  • Pauline Barraza

    I went on match.com as a goof, for one month and cancelled because of all the crap. Despite my settings stating my preference for someone local to me (within 50 miles) I got every old pervy looking guy from the east coast cruising me, and the only “real” hits I got were from Nigerian scammers. When I looked at profiles match.com selected for me, I noticed these same scammers had multiple phony profiles, one of which was a scammer pretending to be an American soldier deployed in Iraq! And, when setting up my profile, match.com kept blocking me, saying my pictures (taken of me, at Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland), and books I’d recently read, were contrary to their so-called “decency” standards. I will NEVER use match.com or any online dating service again.

  • Jim Davidson

    I read this and just stared in amazement that someone could be foolish enough to sue a dating site because they were harmed by someone they let into their life. I met a woman on Match.com over two months ago and it’s been the best relationship I’ve ever had. People are never taking responsibility for their own actions. This time is was her fault for not seeking out who this person was before she let him in. Now she’s seeking 10 million reasons as to why she was so stupid!

  • Angie

    I was raped on my first date in his car.
    He found out where I lived on my Facebook profile.
    Then he stared stalking me and my children.
    I am scared.

  • oh adams

    I think this stupid bitch should pay Match.com 10 million dollars for being so fucking stupid.

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