agrees to screen for sex offenders to settle lawsuit
News from Los Angeles Times: settled a lawsuit brought by a sexual assault victim by agreeing Tuesday to conduct background checks on all members to screen out known sex offenders.

Screenwriter Carole Markin proclaimed victory for the millions of singles who make use of online dating services, saying’s commitment to security screening could prevent attacks such as the one she suffered last year on a second date with Alan Paul Wurtzel of Pacific Palisades, who had at least six previous sex offense convictions.

Wurtzel, 67, pleaded no contest to sexual battery last week. He faces a year in jail and five years’ probation when he is sentenced Sept. 19.

Markin’s suit, originally filed under the name Jane Doe, trained a spotlight on the perils of computer-generated hookups in an age when, as advertises, 1 in 5 relationships begins online.

Internet matchmaking services have long had disclaimers on their websites, warning clients that they bear no liability for physical, f…………… continues on Los Angeles Times
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Redemption clock for eHarmony is ticking
News from Reuters Canada:

By Alistair Barr

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two of eHarmony Inc’s main backers stand to gain extra leverage over the online-dating company in early November when redemption rights from its last financing round kick in — an unusual development in the venture capital business.

The rights come into play after November 5 for Technology Crossover Ventures and Sequoia Capital, which invested when eHarmony raised $ 110 million in 2004.

The firms will have the right to require eHarmony to buy back their preferred shares in four quarterly installments, according to eHarmony’s certificate of incorporation.

The company would have to pay $ 8.0158 for each preferred share being redeemed, matching the price of the original $ 110 million in…………… continues on Reuters Canada
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