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Maryland Man Alleges Ashley Madison Fraud, Seeks Class Action

A Maryland man alleges that the Ashley Madison dating site misled him into spending money by putting up profiles of women who were likely computer generated. Whitfield Bryson & Mason represents Christopher Russel in a proposed class action filed against the site's parent company, Avid Life Media. Inc. The lawsuit was filed in a Maryland federal court on September 11, 2015.

Russell, a resident of Maryland, alleges that Avid Life violated Maryland's consumer protection laws and unfairly enriched itself by marketing that the site had more than 5 million female profiles, even though the company allegedly created more than 70,000 female "bots" to send male users millions of fake messages. Russell states that he spent more than $100 so he could interact with women on the Ashley Madison site, but was mislead because many of his interactions likely involved fembots. The site caters to those seeking extramarital affairs.

Hackers hit Ashley Madison in July, releasing names, credit cars, email addresses and internal emails and source code. Among the released data was information that allegedly revealed that the company programmed 70,000 female bots to interact with men.

"We are entering a new era in social media where consumers are fraudulently induced into subscribing to websites based on fraudulent interactions with software masquerading as real people," said Gary E. Mason, Partner, who is representing Mr. Russell in the class action.

Russell is seeking to certify a class of at least 25,000 people. If you used the Ashley Madison site and believe that you were defrauded, please call Mr. Mason at 202-640-1160 or send an email.

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