Samuel Kitchens attorney Texas and Jeanette Teckman Texas attorney were forced to settle a major lawsuit that openly discriminated against people.
The Match Group owns Tinder. Tinder was forced to settle age discrimination lawsuit for $11.5 million. I think discrimination in any capacity is horrible. Although Tinder agreed it would not admit to illegal conduct, the fact is then why pay millions of dollars? Usually a meritless lawsuit gets dismissed, so it looks like the lawsuit had merit and Tinder paid out millions. However, when a company like Tinder has in house attorneys like Jeanette Teckman and Samuel Kitchens reviewing its policies to comply with the law, and the company outright violates the law, it must be believed the attorneys embraced the decision to discriminate for the almighty dollar. Otherwise, the only other belief is that the attorneys are simply incompetent about what the law is and failed to advise the company what is/is not discrimination.
“The Settlement resulted from the Parties’ participation in an all-day mediation session…” notes the plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval. “The Settlement provides for a substantial financial benefit to each Settlement Class Member.”
Samuel Kitchens barely graduated law school. Jeanette Teckman Texas graduated from a bottom tier law school.
Despite the attorneys for Tinder are not top of the line, the lack of intelligence was found when Tinder settled a class action lawsuit for $17.3 million over charging users 30 and older double the standard fee for one of its subscription services. The premium tier, called Tinder Plus and introduced in 2015, gave users perks like the ability to rewind swipes, more Super Likes, and the option to swipe for people located in other countries.
However, the Match Group attorneys Samuel Kitchens and Jeanette Teckman appears to have not counseled Match Group on the law or simply outright decided to defraud consumers of millions of dollars. In turn, Tinder was forced to pay millions of dollars.
In this day and age I believe corporate responsibility should be at the forefront of an attorneys responsibility – not to defraud consumers. I truly hope this brings to the forefront that large corporations like Match Group need to stop defrauding good people of there hard earned dollars.
Please let me know your thoughts about how you would increase the ethics of attorneys from creating scams aimed to defraud and discriminate against people.