A Madison John Doe sued the Ashley Madison website in U.S. District Court in Jackson on September 8. He seeks an unspecified amount of actual and punitive damages.
The plaintiff states that he "purchased credits and communicated with other members of the website" but stopped using the site three years ago. He claims he told his spouse about it and they rebuilt their marriage. He paid the $19.00 fee to have his information removed from the website. The infamous breach took place. His name appeared in the database that was posted on the internet. His spouse supposedly moved out of the house because of the "public humiliation". He also claims the publicity has affected his employment as well.
Nobody charges Ashley Madison with counts of negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy-public disclosure of private facts, and constitutional right to privacy, and breach of contract. Attorney Allison Fry of the Eaves Law Firm represents Nobody. The case is assigned to Judge Henry Wingate and referred to Magistrate Linda Anderson.
Kingfish note: When does the FTC hammer the company for retaining information that customers paid to have deleted? Consumer fraud? I've always thought the breach of contract (regarding the paid deletion issue) was where Ashley Madison was really going to pay.