Tell-all cheater sites: The new battleground for exes

The Globe and Mail

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"BE FOREWARNED, HE'S SCUM. RUN FAR AWAY."

A New York lawyer is suing two ex-girlfriends after they took to the website liarscheatersrus.com with not-so-subtle allegations like that.

Matthew Couloute, Jr. is suing Stacey Blitsch and Amanda Ryncarz for declaring to the world that he "lied and cheated his entire way through his 40 years of life."

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Mr. Couloute says the posts are ruining his legal career - they are now unfortunately the first Google search results for his name.

Nevermind that post-lawsuit, Mr. Couloute's name is far more prominently featured by media outlets not as lawyer but as "SCUM," or that the exes have hired high-profile pitbull and friend to the Tiger mistresses Gloria Allred.

In the vein of other tell-all sites, liarscheaterrus.com offers few checks and balances, letting users post the full names and descriptives of supposed cheaters alongside their alleged atrocities, be it infidelity, inattentiveness or battery.

"On liarscheatersrus.com, you can discuss your experience and express yourself! This website provides a service where you can express your experience and find support about the people who have done you wrong," reads the site's mainpage.

Jezebel's Anna North sounds the alarm on the site, which, by the way, isn't all man bashing, since cuckolds chime in as well.

"Liarscheatersrus also seems like a great place to smear your ex, whether or not he or she actually did anything wrong. The site doesn't employ any obvious fact-checking, and so it has the potential to become a sort of 'slut list' for grownups, a place where people can anonymously bash others without any proof."



Nevertheless, according to FindLaw, Mr. Couloute's defamation suit stands little chance if the women's claims are true. In that case, they fall within the boundaries of free speech, glorious, screeching, all-caps free speech.

Dontdatehimgirl.com faced a similar lawsuit in 2007, when another lawyer, Todd Hollis, sued for defamation after women on the site accused him of being closeted and spreading STIs.

Then, the judge dismissed the case over dull due process: Mr. Hollis filed in Pennsylvania, the wrong jurisdiction since the website's servers sat in Florida.

Would you ever rage against an ex on an online forum devoted to weeding out cheaters?

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