Posts Tagged ‘suit’

Something New in 2014: White Dudes Walking Around with Track Jackets Extolling “CHINA” or “BEIJING”

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

In all my years, Gentle Reader, I ain’t never seen this:

Until 2014:

What does it mean?

City Attorney Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Says “MeetMe.Com” Enables Sexual Predators and Child Stalkers

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

All the deets:

“MeetMe.com enables sexual predators and child stalkers, San Francisco’s lawsuit contendsSocial network’s unlawful publication of minors’ profiles, photos and geolocation data has been used to victimize children as young as 13 years of age — and younger

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 3, 2014) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against MeetMe, a popular social networking platform that facilitates interactions among strangers, over inadequate privacy protections and unlawful publication of minors’ profiles, photos, and location data, which can enable sexual predators and stalkers to target children as young as 13 years of age.

The civil complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court this morning alleges that the New Hope, Pa.-based MeetMe, Inc. is violating California’s Unfair Competition Law by relying on legally invalid consent from minors between the ages of 13 and 17 to collect and improperly distribute their real-time geolocation and personal user information.  Approximately 25 percent of MeetMe.com’s user base is under the age of 18, according to social media marketing statistics cited in Herrera’s complaint.  The lawsuit additionally alleges that MeetMe fails to adequately disclose to users how their personal data is distributed.

“MeetMe has become a tool of choice for sexual predators to target underage victims, and the company’s irresponsible privacy policies and practices are to blame for it,” said Herrera.  “MeetMe improperly collects personal information from young teens — including their photos and real-time locations.  It then distributes that information in ways that expose children to very serious safety risks.  Sadly, these risks aren’t hypothetical.  Dozens of children nationwide have already been victimized by predators who used MeetMe to coerce minors into meeting.  Under California law, MeetMe’s reckless business practices are illegal, and we’re asking a court to put an end to them.”

MeetMe has been a key factor in numerous crimes involving sexual assault and illicit sex with minors in California, according to news reports documented in Herrera’s complaint.  In Aug. 2013, a 29-year-old Citrus Heights, Calif. man was charged with multiple counts of sexual acts with a minor and communicating with minors for unlawful purposes.  Police investigators found that MeetMe was among the apps the perpetrator used to send sexually-explicit photos and text messages to underage girls in order to begin a “sexting” relationship that ultimately progressed to sexual contact.  A Fresno, Calif. man was arrested in Oct. 2013 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor that he met using MeetMe, according to news reports, and in July 2013 a 21-year-old Fair Oaks, Calif. man was criminally charged after posing as a 16-year-old boy to have sex with two girls — aged 12 and 15 — whom he met using MeetMe.

Dozens of minors nationwide have been similarly victimized in sex crimes by predators who relied on MeetMe to target their underage victims, according to reports cited in the complaint.  In June 2013, a Tewksbury, Mass. man was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to more than 50 charges, including rape of a child by force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.  The man used multiple aliases on MeetMe to trick teenage girls into sending him nude images.  He then threatened to publish the photos in order to blackmail victims into having sex with him.  A Wilmerding, Penn. man, who was criminally charged in Sept. 2013, used MeetMe to meet and then sexually assault three teenagers.  In Grady County, Okla., a 25-year-old man used MeetMe to meet and rape a 15-year-old girl.  An Albuquerque TV news station, reporting on MeetMe’s role in the case of a 21-year-old man who was arrested for soliciting sex with a 13-year-old girl, noted: “Investigators say it’s the latest site predators are cruising to find new victims, and it’s happening all too often.”

The lawsuit, which was investigated and filed by Herrera’s Consumer Protection Unit, is seeking a court order to enjoin MeetMe from continuing to engage in activities in California that violate state law; civil penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation found to have occurred in the state; and costs of the City Attorney’s lawsuit.

About the S.F. City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Consumer Protection Unit pursues public interest civil cases under California’s Unfair Competition Law, which are funded virtually exclusively by civil recoveries — not taxpayer dollars.  The award-winning program, for which the National Association of Consumer Advocates recognized Dennis Herrera as its 2009 Consumer Attorney of the Year, reflects voter-enacted changes to California law that require civil penalties recovered by public prosecutors to be used exclusively to enforce consumer protection laws.  Since voters passed the amendments as part of Proposition 64 in 2004, Herrera’s Consumer Protection Unit has recovered some $20 million in successful battles against unlawful business practices that include price-fixing, illegal marketing, credit card collections arbitration scams and more.  The unit’s work has helped win equally important industry reforms to help protect consumer privacy, end discriminatory practices in health insurance and media metrics, protect immigrants, halt predatory evictions, and obtain recoveries for victims of wage theft.

The litigation is: People of the State of California ex rel. Dennis Herrera v. MeetMe, Inc. et al. (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 537126, filed Feb. 3, 2014).  Complete documentation on the case is available at: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.”

Edward Reiskin SFMTA Photo Shoot – “C’Mon, Baby – Arch Your Back Even More” – Mobile Porn for the 415

Friday, September 28th, 2012

I ask you, what kind of message does the SFMTA send out when it green-lights stuff like this?

Something like “We’ll do anything for money?”

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Well That’s It, the Big AT&T / T-Mobile Cell Phone Co. Merger has been Cancelled – How Will T-Mobile Make It On Its Own?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

We’ll see.

But I’ll tell you, I’m paying T-Mobile $118 a month (and that includes a whole bunch of tax) for two Samsung Galaxy smartphones, which have  bigger screens, which are lighter, which are better overall than the average Apple iPhone you’ll see about town. And that’s all working out just fine.

AFAIK, I never have network problems. (I have I-need-to-use-WiFi-at-home and I-can’t-get-coverage-in-the-basement-of-the-State-Building issues but I don’t know if that’s T-Mobile’s fault at all, really.)

All right, you go girl:

Make: Kawasaki
Model: 2007 ZX-10 Ninja
Builder: VIP Designs
Paint: Buddha Paint
Swingarm: C&S
Wheels: VIP Cynthia

All the deets from T Mobile:

“Dear T-Mobile Customers:

By now I am sure you have seen media reports that AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have mutually decided to terminate their agreement for AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA. This announcement effectively ends the acquisition process launched March 20.

What does this mean for T-Mobile USA customers? Our focus is unchanged: make the latest mobile products and services affordable for everyone.

And there are many reasons to choose T-Mobile as your wireless provider:

Great Value. We’re offering our best plan ever – 2 lines for $49.99 each that includes voice, text and data (including 2GB at full-speed) on each line with a new 2-year agreement. We also now offer a Monthly4G no annual contract plan that gives you unlimited talk, text, and web (including 100MB at full-speed) for $50.  

Compelling Products.  We offer a great line-up of 4G smartphones. We continue to rapidly expand our selection of amazing and affordable 4G smartphones, tablets and other devices that make mobile internet service easy and affordable. This holiday, we have cutting edge smartphones including the 42 Mbps-capable HTC Amaze™ 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S™ II. In January, we will begin selling the Lumia 710, the first Windows Phone from Nokia for as low as $49.99 after mail-in rebate with a 2-year agreement on a qualifying plan

America’s Largest 4G Network – now faster than ever. Whether you need driving instructions that are fast enough to keep up with your car, or want to stream a full-length movie uninterrupted, our 4G network delivers. We have expanded our 4G coverage to more than 200 million people in 208 markets and doubled speeds for nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, we appreciate your business and we will continue to focus on earning your loyalty every day.

Regards,

Jim Alling
Chief Operations Officer
T-Mobile USA, Inc.”

All right, bon courage, T Mobile!

Male Models Standing Around in Only Their Boxers This AM in the Financh? It’s the Men’s WearHouse National Suit Drive

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Why are “[t]eams of attractive men, dressed only in boxers, dress shoes, socks, and ties, carrying huge signs that read, ‘Give the suit off your back?’”

‘Cause it’s time for the National Suit Drive 2011 all during August.

It looks a little like this:

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All the deets:

“The Suits Are Off” for the Fight against Unemployment - Men Shed Clothes on the Streets of San Francisco Encouraging Charitable Donations to The Men’s Wearhouse’s National Suit Drive

What: They’re back! Once again, scantily clad street teams will storm the streets of San Francisco to raise awareness and encourage others to give the suits off their backs for the Men’s Wearhouse’s Fourth Annual National Suit Drive, the country’s largest collection of business attire to help unemployed workers “suit up” for success.

Street teams will strut their stuff during the morning rush to encourage donations at more than 900 Men’s Wearhouse locations (including 10 stores in the San Francisco area). More information is available at www.nationalsuitdrive.com.

Why: Throughout the month of August, Men’s Wearhouse will collect gently used men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes and distribute these items to approximately five local charities, including Shoreline Workforce Development Services and Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada.”

Hurray!

Oh Marin, You So Crazy (OMYSC)! Plastic Surgeon’s $2 Million Lawsuit Against Yelp Reviewer Gets Reverse Pwned

Friday, June 24th, 2011

(Gentle Readers, you know that I love you, all 14 of you, no matter what. But others, well, they only care about cosmetic-type things – they’ll like you better if you pay somebody to shoot protein into your face, oh well.)

Can you imagine making a post on the Yelp about your plastic surgeon and then getting hit with a multi-million dollar defamation (plus invasion of privacy plus interference with prospective economic advantage, you know, the whole megillah) lawsuit?

Well, check out the Marin IJ for the sad story of Dr. Kimberly Henry‘s pwnage from Judge Roy Chernus. Wow.

Oh, and surprise, they’re talking about this case on the Yelp.

A little of this, and now you’re beautiful!

Via Y_tambe

Forty reviews are no longer standing for Dr. Kimberly A Henry,  but three are still there.

Anyway, Only in Marin, as they say…

Can You Spot San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Among These Cyclists on Market Street?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here you go. He was heading from City Hall to District 3 yesterday AM.

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He certainly doesn’t need that Trek electric bike as he typically moves along at a good clip without assistance.

Supervisor David Chiu, your working class dog betwixt an old-time streetcar and the Ferry Building:

Always Charge an Ambush: Crappy Alabama Law Firm Beasley Allen Totally Pwned by Taco Bell’s Seasoned Beef

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

It’s not often when an inanimate entity such as seasoned beef is able to totally pwn an entire law firm but that’s just what happened with the Great Taco Bell Seasoned Beef Imbroglio 2011

Saucy Taco Bell is not to be trifled with:

Avuncular CEO takes a victory lap:

Pwned!

Spectators on O’Farrell: Nothing Drives Them Crazy Like a Sharp-Dressed Man

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

See?

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[UPDATE: See the comments for some deets from commenters. Those aren't spats? Really? Whoops. Following the lead of non-blogger Eve Batey, I've decided to ban these commenters for life, you know, for correcting me with accurate information.

FOR LIFE!]

San Francisco has a New Segway Champ – Trench-Coat Helmet Guy Beats Out Ponytail Lawyer Guy

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Dude’s all over town, day and night. He’s got a bike lock and bike lights and he uses his Segway for everything, ranging all over the Ci-tay – Western Addition, the Tenderloin, you name it.

Bumped into him at a DCCC meeting on Golden Gate one time, the one where people were all upset about the rankings of the official Democratic Party endorsements. (Turned out the rankings didn’t matter, but Malia Cohen’s #2 endorsement that night, along with a few other things, is what made her your new District Ten Supe. Anyway…)

Truly, he is the 415′s new Segway Champion of San Francisco:

Now, ponytailed lawyer guy (at least he looks like a lawyer to me) is still Segway Master of Market, so that should be some consolation. Look for him betwixt the Castro and the Financh:

Who will become the next Segway King (or Queen)?