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FindTheBest Files Civil Lawsuit Under RICO Against Patent Troll
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2013 — FindTheBest today filed a civil lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and other state laws against the parties involved in frivolous patent litigation brought against the company. FindTheBest’s lawsuit alleges that Lumen View Technology, LLC and others violated the RICO Act by engaging in mail fraud, wire fraud, and extortion, and seeks to put an end to their illegal efforts to extract purported “license fees” through illegal means. The lawsuit attacks defendants’ attempts to extort money out of the company based upon false, objectively unreasonable, and baseless claims of patent infringement.
FindTheBest’s suit alleges that the defendants entered into agreements with one another and formed a series of “shell” companies for the purpose of filing frivolous patent infringement actions and extorting “licensing fees” or settlements. The defendants named in the suit are Lumen View Technology LLC, the plaintiff in the case brought against FindTheBest; Eileen C. Shapiro, listed as co-inventor of patent 8,069,073 referenced in Lumen View Technology’s complaint against FindTheBest; Steven J. Mintz, co-inventor of patent 8,069,073 and managing member of DecisionSorter; and the three companies formed by Shapiro and Mintz to hide involvement in racketeering activity: Dalton Sentry LLC, DecisionSorter LLC, and The Hillcrest Group.
Today’s filing before the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York alleges overwhelming facts demonstrating that the defendants engaged in a pattern of racketeering, attempted extortion, abuse of process, and civil conspiracy. FindTheBest co-founder and CEO, Kevin O’Connor, has been vocal throughout this process and strongly believes that the conduct by the defendants is nothing more than an extortion attempt by a non-practicing entity (NPE).
FindTheBest CEO Kevin O’Connor stated: “These patent trolls come after young companies with frivolous claims and try to bully them into settling because they know it’s cheaper to pay than to fight. This patent troll picked the wrong company to bully and I’ve personally committed $1 million to right this wrong. This RICO filing is an attempt to use our civil justice system to combat the patent troll mess and the increasingly aggressive methods they are using to extort money from innocent companies.”
FindTheBest is building the ultimate research hub that equips people with the best information and research tools to think like experts. The company collects information on hundreds of topics and provides filters, visualizations, and side-by-side comparisons to help users make the best, most informed decisions possible. FindTheBest is based in Santa Barbara, Calif. More information about FindTheBest is available at www.findthebest.com.
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