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Match.com Settles Suit By Agreeing to Screen Sex Offenders
Registered sex offenders won't be able to find a date on Match.com, thanks to a settlement with a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a convicted sex offender while she was using the site.The colossal dating service has agreed to conduct background checks to weed out sex offenders that try to use the site, despite previous concerns that such a policy would not be foolproof and may provide a false sense of security.
Screenwriter Carole Markin, who says she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on the site, told the Los Angeles Times that she was pleased with the settlement: "If I save one woman from getting attacked, then I'm happy."
Markin's attorney said he predicts the settlement may have a domino effect on other matchmaking services — and legal experts say he might be right.
Dating sites have had disclaimers up for years, but experts suggest that some other dating sites could be on the hook legally if they don't screen out sex offenders as well. That is especially true for sites like Match.com that promise to match up people based on compatibility.
"What Match.com is saying is, 'Have we got a guy for you!' " said UC Berkeley law Professor Frank Zimring. "It's a prescriptive rather than facilitative dating service."
eHarmony used the settlement as an opportunity to brag that it's been keeping sex offenders off its site for years.
That leaves at least one major dating site unaccounted for:
Craigslist executives didn't respond to an emailed inquiry about their policy on screening out sex offenders. The company's website carries the disclaimer that "under no circumstances shall Craigslist be liable" for any damages sustained by users.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.