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May232011

Federal Judge Sends Match.com Sex Assault Suit to State Court

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A federal court in California ruled not to dismiss the case of a woman Monday who claims Match.com is responsible for her sexual assault by a known sex offender.

Without hearing from a single witness, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled Carol Markin's suit against the online matchmaker be sent to state court, saying she has no standing in federal court. 

Markin wants the court to order Match.com to implement tougher systems to screen for sex offenders.  The website's attorneys say they are trying, but screening out all sexual offenders is an impossible task.  

Because Match.com does not request Social Security numbers from its users, anything they could find would not be conclusive.

Attorney Bob Platt says Match.com cannot control what happens during the dates its members go on.

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