Difrawi v. Garga-Richardson (Lawsuit)

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

06/06/2008

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Florida

Disposition: 

Withdrawn

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Internet Solutions Corporation, a company that runs a number of employment recruiting and Internet advertising businesses, and Ayman Difrawi (a.k.a. Alec Difrawi), the President and Director of Internet Solutions, sued Archie Garga-Richardson, the founder and operator of ScamFraudAlert.com, for defamation... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Archie Garga-Richardson

Type of Party: 

Individual
Organization

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Florida
  • Nevada

Location of Party: 

  • California

Legal Counsel: 

Archie Garga-Richardson (Pro Se)
Description

Internet Solutions Corporation, a company that runs a number of employment recruiting and Internet advertising businesses, and Ayman Difrawi (a.k.a. Alec Difrawi), the President and Director of Internet Solutions, sued Archie Garga-Richardson, the founder and operator of ScamFraudAlert.com, for defamation and other claims in federal district court in Florida. ScamFraudAlert.com is a forum site that focuses on alleged Internet scams, security threats, and fraudulent practices. The complaint alleges that Garga-Richardson published false and defamatory statements regarding Difrawi and Internet Solutions.

Specifically, the complaint alleges that Garga-Richardson published statements falsely claiming that they engage in "phishing, identity theft and perpetration of fraudulent employment scams." Cmplt. ¶¶ 13, 14. It also alleges that he published statements falsely claiming that they are "thugs" and "crooks, criminals, [and] scumbags targeting the unemploy [sic], elderly, students, stay-at-home moms, retirees and the innocent." Cmplt. ¶ 15. Difrawi and Internet Solutions seek unspecified damages and injunctive relief. It is not entirely clear from a perusal of ScamFraudAlert.com, but some of the complained of statements may have been posted by third-party users of the site. 

Update:

6/18/2008 - Garga-Richardson filed a motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of subject-matter and personal jurisdiction.

7/8/2008 - Difrawi and Internet Solutions filed a notice of voluntary dismissal with the federal court in Florida.

7/9/2008 - The Florida court dismissed the case without prejudice.

7/10/2008 - Internet Solutions filed a complaint against Garga-Richardson in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging defamation, interference with business relationships, trade libel, and unfair competition under California law.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Third-Party Content
Court Information & Documents
CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

User submitted, both through threat form and email (received June 4, 2008)