Ashley Madison suing South Korea for blocking its site

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, Last Updated: 5:39 PM ET

A Canadian online dating service for cheaters, Ashley Madison, is suing the South Korean government for blocking its website.

The company filed a statement of claim in Federal Court Aug. 14.

Ashley Madison's parent company, Avid Life Media Inc., alleges South Korea and its communications standards commission violated the Competition Act by providing an unfair advantage to Korean businesses.

The statement of claim states South Korea hampered the company's ability to conduct business "by creating an inability for the Plaintiff to gain access to the supply of consumers."

Ashley Madison is suing for lost revenues, lost profits and general damages for wilfully blocking its website, which operates in more than 30 countries.

It is a site for "like-minded adults," generally married people seeking affairs, and is classified as a social media site, not an adult site.

In April, the company launched its website in South Korea and had a sign up of 50,497 within 16 days, the claim states.

Two weeks later, the website - www.ashleymadison.com - was blocked by Internet Service Providers based on a "theory that the website contained illegal information."

Adultery is a crime in South Korea.

The blockage was appealed, but dismissed.

The company maintains the site is only for communication, which is legal in Canada and South Korea.

"No sexual interaction can take place on the Plaintiff's website any more than it can by individuals using other websites that the Defendants permit to operate freely," the claim states.

A statement of defence has not been filed and the allegations have not been proven in court.

 


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