Complaint Review: SMALL JUSTICE Richard Goren attorney lost, Ripoff Report wins again: United States District Court, District of Massachusetts Court concluded Xcentric's copyright ownership in posted reports is valid. - Newton Massachusetts
- SMALL JUSTICE Richard Goren attorney lost, Ripoff Report wins again: United States District Court, District of Massachusetts Court concluded Xcentric's copyright ownership in posted reports is valid. 29 Crafts Street Suite 500 Newton, Massachusetts USA
SMALL JUSTICE Richard Goren attorney lost, Ripoff Report wins again: United States District Court, District of Massachusetts Court concluded Xcentric's copyright ownership in posted reports is valid. Attorney Richard A Goren legal theories were among the most inventive and twisted, as he sought to corrupt both copyright and consumer protection laws to serve his own interests. Federal courts upheld freedoms of speech on the internet, and upheld Ripoff Report’s carefully structured consumer protection programs against a lawyers self-serving attack.
*Author of original report: RIPOFF REPORT IMPLEMENTS NEW TERMS OF SERVICE AND HARASSMENT POLICIES
March 27, 2015: Ripoff Report was granted summary judgement by the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, against all claims filed by Attorney Richard A. Goren on behalf of himself and his business, Small Justice LLC. Last year, most of Plaintiff’s claims were dismissed for failing to state a claim. On March 27, 2015, the Court granted summary judgment as a matter of law against the remainder of Plaintiffs claims.
Plaintiffs’ lawsuit attempted to force the RipoffReport.com website to remove complaints against Richard Goren’s professional work and personal conduct. The complaints were posted by a third party who wanted the public to have negative information about Goren. Most of the claims were dismissed because of immunity granted to websites under the Communications Decency Act, a federal law which gives immunity to websites that host content written by third parties. Goren attempted to use legal process to take the copyrights for the complaints away from the author and the website operator, but the Massachusetts federal court found Goren’s attempts to take the copyrights were illegal and invalid. Goren also attempted to claim that Ripoff Reports business practices were illegal and unfair, but the Court also struck down those claims, stating that Goren could not show that he had been harmed by the website’s VIP Arbitration program, nor the Corporate Advocacy Program.
Richard A. Goren – Small Justice.
After Goren tried to appeal, Richard A Goren had to pay more money. Grand total Goren paid to Ripoff Report about $250,000
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Ripoff Report may seek an award of attorney fees because Goren’s copyright claims were designed to harass the website and were not legally sound.
Ripoff Report has been around for over 17 years now. For nearly 15 years lawyers and corrupt businesses have been trying to use lawsuits to put Ripoff Report out of business. Ripoff Report has successfully defended nearly 100 lawsuits, at great expense, but has always prevailed and successfully asserted federally protected rights of the First Amendment / free speech on the internet. Some who have sued Ripoff Report over the years are either in prison or their business has been closed down by some government agency.
Goren’s legal theories were among the most inventive, and frankly, twisted, as he sought to corrupt both copyright and consumer protection laws to serve his own interests. Once again, the federal courts have upheld freedoms of speech on the internet, and upheld Ripoff Report’s carefully structured consumer protection programs against a lawyers self-serving attack. In my opinion, Mr Goren / Small Justice would have been better off just filing a good rebuttal to explain his side as to why the Report about him was false.
To read more about the background of this case and others, read comments written by TECHNOLOGY & MARKETING LAW BLOG
UPDATE: September 20, 2021
Over the years many other lawyers had to pay Ripoff Report along with their clients totaling about 4.5 million dollars to date.
Also see this case where an Iowa Prosecutor came after Ed Magedson personally and Ripoff Report. Ripoff Report / Xcentric Ventures, llc sued this Iowa Prosecutor who paid Ripoff Report $750,000 to settle our case against them for coming after Ed Magedson and Ripoff Report.
As of today, Ripoff Report has been sued 199 times over the last 22 years of Ripoff Report’s 24 years in business. Ripoff Report has NEVER had to pay out a dime to anyone. Ripoff Report never lost a case.
For about the first year Ripoff Report started it operated under a different domain, where the domain was spelling wrong. The domain was finally fixed to badbusinessbureau.com then in 1998 decided to market the sites as Ripoff Report.com.
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