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New Jersey woman sues for breach of contract after bad date

In today's technological world, it seems more people are turning to online matchmaking services to meet people; however, some prefer face-to-face interaction. Lawrenceville, New Jersey, has a branch of "Two of Us," which is a good old fashioned service where you sit down with a live person to tell them what you are looking for in a mate. It is this business, which is owned and operated by PMM, Inc., that is being sued for breach of contract after a bad date.

Reportedly, a 65-year-old woman was looking for an active man between the ages of 58 and 67. She is alleging that the company's contract said that, as part of their screening process, it runs criminal background checks on all applicants. However, she doesn't believe this is true.

The woman claims that she went out on a date with a man arranged by the company, only to supposedly find out that he had a criminal record and was actually 73 years old. She says she was given other representations concerning the date that turned out to be false. She apparently asked for a refund after terminating her contract with the company, but has not received one.

The company observed that dating results vary significantly from one person to another - as needs, tastes and desires differ from one to another. It claims that introductions are every four to six weeks, as available, rather than one every two weeks as the woman has stated. It also noted that it does not actually guarantee dates, only introductions. All of this is said to be clear in the contract that the woman signed.

While it remains to be seen what the outcome of the woman's breach of contract claim will be, it may well be the New Jersey company performed a background check and that any representations concerning the man were made in good faith. It's clear the woman did not like her date, though it may have been one of a number of dates arranged for her. Further, while the specifics of her claims are sparse, the actual facts and circumstances may support the company and its efforts. Nevertheless, the right advice may help the business resolve this dispute in a manner that is fair but also protects the company image in the marketplace.

Source: ABC News, "New Jersey Woman Sues Matchmaking Service After Date of 'Horror'," Susanna Kim, June 21, 2012

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