MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A Dade County man is suing a dating application claiming misleading business practices.
Billy Warner, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Tinder Inc., citing violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Electronic Funds Transfer Act, and California Business and Professions Code.
Warner alleges that he download the Tinder app around early 2014. He was lead to believe that the app was free for his device and that was never informed otherwise. However, the defendant allegedly and abruptly informed users that on or about March 2, they will start charging $2.99 for unlimited usage of their app. Warner claims he was never sent any notice about such changes and only found out while using his app on March 5 when the app stated “You’re out of likes. Get more likes in 0:00:00. Get unlimited likes with Tinder Plus for $2.99.”
The complaint states that Warner reluctantly purchased the app only to be supposedly bombarded with more requests for payment to utilize Tinder’s full services, but this time for an allegedly higher price. He then noticed that Tinder allegedly charged him more than what he was paying for.
Warner is demanding a trial by jury and is seeking restitution for the funds improperly obtained by Tinder, any and all statutory enhanced damages, court costs and attorney fees, and any other rewards deemed just by the court. He is represented by Raymond R. Dieppa of Wadsworth Huott, LLP in Miami.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida case number 1:15-cv-23790-JLK