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FreeScore.com sues Yahoo to out anonymous blogger

zokuga (1452025) writes | more than 4 years ago

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zokuga writes "Back in July, a small blog named "flaneur de fraude" posted a slew of articles and documents purportedly showing that FreeScore.com, a FreeCreditReport.com-like service, had a history of allegations of abusive sales practices, including collecting customer info – including credit card numbers – from financial companies, offering "free trials" for a credit-check service to the customers, and then charging the surreptitiously collected card numbers without notice (they settled a lawsuit by the New York attorney general without admitting wrongdoing). flaneur also pointed out that FreeScore.com had received an F by the Better Business Bureau.

A month later, Adaptive Marketing (owners of freescore.com), who hadn't complained about the content in the blog entry, filed a lawsuit in Connecticut. Not against the blogger, but against Yahoo, in order to get the blogger's identity (the blogger posts with a Yahoo email address). Yahoo failed to show up at the hearing (which was in Connecticut) and so the court ordered Yahoo to reveal the blogger's identity on Sept. 21. flÃneur de fraude, who claims her blog "has had about as much readership as a small-town high school newspaper on the last week of school before summer", has now responded back with the help of the Public Citizen Litigation Group. And she posted more history about freescore.com's owner (which has changed its name 3 times), including its lawsuit against Wikipedia.

flaneur concludes "seems to me they should have let my post and my blog die the quiet death it had settled into.""

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NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) | more than 4 years ago | (#29472853)

Well I like the bloggers who did this, it was a brave move on their behalf but I suspect this was a cunning plan by more than one person! hence I say bloggers. Trying to sue Yahoo is tantamount to suing me because I pebble dashed your lavatory after you fed me chick pea curry.
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