(January 27, 2013) Online dating service Match.com is being sued for $10 million by a woman who was attacked by a guy she met through Match.com two years ago. The lawsuit was filed by Mary Kay Beckman who says that Match.com doesn’t do enough to warn people about the dangers of online dating. Beckman’s attorney, Marc Saggese, told KLAS News that Match.com’s advertising lulls both men and women into a false sense of security.
The attack, which took place in Las Vegas, January 2011, left Beckman in serious condition in the hospital with 10 stab wounds. The guy who beat her, Wade Ridley, ended up killing another woman (an ex-girlfriend) a month later in Arizona. In May 2012, Ridley committed suicide in prison.
Match.com calls the lawsuit absurd, pointing out that Ridley had no known criminal record.
“I do not believe that online dating is a safe venue for men or women,” Beckman told CBS News.
CNN News Story on Match.com Lawsuit
Match.com’s Statement on Lawsuit
“What happened to Mary K 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.”