This is my first blog post for more than a year and a half. The reasons for this are legal and procedural and I have a lot of work to do to update the blog to reflect recent developments.
For more than a decade and a half the US law, specifically Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and its high Google page rank have enabled Ripoff Report to profit from destroying lives. The tide is now turning.
Over the past two months the Ripoff Report founder and editor, Ed Magedson has been implicated in extortion and witness tampering in US court documents. A paid Ripoff Report writer, Mr Darren M Meade, has been arraigned in a US court on these charges plus blackmail as other felonies and misdemeanors.
To date (October 5th 2014) almost 1400 pages of legal documents including exhibits that contain prima facie evidence of Magedson’s involvement have been unsealed. The evidence challenges the immunity provided by Section 230 of the CDA.
The documents can be downloaded from this link (a contents page lists the documents):
Media has also been published:
On US television:
Ripoff Report linked to witness tampering
Ripoff Report and extortion on the O’Reilly Factor
In the Huffington Post:
By attorney and legal commentator Bennet Kelley
For some time a small village of activists have been working to obtain justice for victims of Ripoff Report. I will provide more detail as I update this blog but please visit the home page for an overview.