Shaun Zinck Jul. 9, 2015, 12:24pm


SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) - A popular all-male social networking site is being sued over allegations the site didn't follow California state law by informing users they could cancel their membership.

Mark Howell filed the lawsuit on June 18 in United States District Court in California against Grindr LLC claiming the networking website failed to include a specific statement letting users know they had three days to cancel their membership.

According to the lawsuit, Grindr requires users to enter into a “dating service contract” when they sign up for its services. Under state law, a business that requires a dating service contract must include a statement, near where the user will sign the contract, that the buyer can cancel the agreement without penalty or obligation before midnight on the third business following the date of the contract, the suit claims.

The lawsuit also claims Grindr didn't include the name or address of the dating service operator who could be notified of a potential cancelation, which is also a violation of state law.

Howell is seeking class status for California users of Grindr, and is also seeking more than $5 million in damages plus court costs.

Howell is represented by Abbas Kazerounian and Matthew M. Loker of Kazerouni Law Group, APC in Costa Mesa, Calif.; Todd M. Friedman of the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C. in Beverly Hills, Calif.; and Joshua B. Swigart of Hyde & Swigart in San Diego.

United States District Court for the Southern District of California case number 15-cv-1337.

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