Online Dating Service Subject To New York Dating Services Law Court finds that the defendant Internet dating service Great Expectations, also known as GE Management Group of N.
Pursuant to Dating Services Law section 394(c)(9)(b) the Court awarded each plaintiff their “actual damages,” which the Court interpreted as “the difference between each contract price and the fee which is the maximum fee permitted under the Dating Services Law for their contracts.” Finally, the Court awarded each plaintiff a return of the defendant was permitted to charge, on the grounds “that each claimant would not have signed a contract containing terms violating applicable law had she known of her rights.” Such an award thus achieves “substantial justice” in accordance with N. Pip, a young orphan living with his sister and her husband in the marshes of Kent, sits in a cemetery one evening looking at his parents’ tombstones.Joe, is viciously attacked and becomes a mute invalid.From her signals, Pip suspects that Orlick was responsible for the attack.In London, Pip befriends a young gentleman named Herbert Pocket and Jaggers’s law clerk, Wemmick.
He expresses disdain for his former friends and loved ones, especially Joe, but he continues to pine after Estella.
One day a lawyer named Jaggers appears with strange news: a secret benefactor has given Pip a large fortune, and Pip must come to London immediately to begin his education as a gentleman.
Pip happily assumes that his previous hopes have come true—that Miss Havisham is his secret benefactor and that the old woman intends for him to marry Estella.
Finally, the Court held that Great Expectations was subject to New York’s Dating Services Law because GE Management Group of N. apparently does business in New York under the name “Great Expectations.” GE Management operates a dating service which allows pre-screened members to obtain information about other members from an Internet website.
Y., Inc., the entity that contracted with plaintiffs, was a New York business, and the transactions in question occurred in New York. Interested members may use this website to initiate and facilitate contacts with other mutually interested members.
Said the Court: In relation to the application of the Dating Services Law, more than a decade ago, it was judicially determined that the Law did cover services which match members by creating a location and mechanism for members to assess each other by reviewing another member’s video, photograph and profile in a substantially similar service to the one defined by the written contract terms here (, 162 Misc. Said the Court: [T]here was a massive overcharge by the dating service. §394(c), “Every contract for social referral service which requires payment by the purchaser of such service of a total amount in excess of twenty-five dollars shall provide that the seller of such service must furnish to the purchaser a specified certain number of social referrals per month”).