Infomercial Companies Never Learn: Another One Suing Site For Negative Reviews

from the or-you-could-just-improve-your-product dept

Greg Beck, from Public Citizen, has written us in the past a few times about bogus trademark lawsuits being brought against online review sites, such as InfomercialScams.com. Back in May there was a case where a company advertising its wares via infomercials sued the site for trademark infringement. Clearly, it was not the trademark use that was the problem (especially since it's difficult to see how that's trademark infringement). It was merely a way to try to get negative reviews (written by third party users of the site) taken offline. A similar case came up this fall when the infamous Video Professor sued 100 anonymous critics on the site, demanding that the owner of InfomercialScams.com turn over their IP addresses.

Beck is now back alerting us to the fact that the Video Professor has withdrawn his subpoena for info from the site, but is still forging ahead with the lawsuit (and is seeking the identity of a user on Wikipedia). However, he also notes that yet another company that advertises via infomercials is now suing InfomercialScams, claiming trademark infringement. Once again, this is clearly not trademark infringement, but an attempt by the company to bully an independent site into taking negative reviews offline. Just imagine if any of these companies put half as much effort into improving their products and services instead of calling the lawyers whenever anyone has anything critical to say about these firms.
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Filed Under: infomercials, reviews, slapp
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    Jocelyn, 21 Dec 2007 @ 3:01pm

    Go ahead and sue me Video Professor or suck my u k

    There's an old-time computer geek with a radio show in Los Angeles. Even he couldn't get a refund from Video Professor after he ordered products to test the company's customer service policies and found that his credit card had been quickly charged for the supposedly free videos he'd ordered. The Video Professor company wasn't even smart enough to recognize a good PR move by refunding the guy's money, and they were also unimpressed by the fact that they were screwing with a man who was well known in the tech community. This man has made a fortune of his own by setting up Medicare billing systems for doctors and hospitals. He's also got a call-in radio show where he talks about computers. Duh. Wouldn't you have the brains enough to make sure this guy at least got his money back? Nope. Video Professor didn't give a rat's ass.

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