BidClerk Files Computer Fraud Lawsuit Against Reed Business Information

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Illegal practices allegedly used by competitor to disrupt BidClerk’s website operations.

“attacking our website and paid advertisements with millions of page views and hundreds of thousands of clicks is no minor offense. It’s clear that we must get to the root of this illegal conduct and that these violations..."

BidClerk, Inc., (http://www.BidClerk.com ) a leading provider of information to the U.S. construction industry, today filed suit in federal court against Reed Business Information (RBI) (http://www.ReedBusinessInformation.com), a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc.

The suit charges that a series of “denial of services” attacks directed against BidClerk’s computer system and a coordinated “click fraud” scheme aimed at BidClerk’s paid advertisements posted on Google and other major websites has emanated from an IP address owned by RBI.

The lawsuit, case docket number 10-cv-4104, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeks damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees relating to the click fraud and the denial-of- service attacks on BidClerk’s computer systems.

The complaint charges that denial-of-service attacks against BidClerk originated from an IP address owned by RBI’s Highlands Ranch, Colorado facility. The cyber attacks programmatically flooded BidClerk.com’s computer system with millions of page views. The complaint also charges that there were attempts to substantially undermine BidClerk’s online advertising campaign by programmatically generating hundreds of thousands of invalid clicks and impressions on BidClerk’s paid advertisements posted on Google’s search engine and other major websites.

The complaint alleges several counts of misconduct by RBI, including violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, breach of contract, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and violation of the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
The Minneapolis office of international law firm Faegre & Benson LLP filed the action, led by partner Randall E. Kahnke.

BidClerk’s CEO, Mike Gaynor, said “attacking our website and paid advertisements with millions of page views and hundreds of thousands of clicks is no minor offense. It’s clear that we must get to the root of this illegal conduct and that these violations must be met with swift and just redress.”

A complete copy of the complaint can be viewed online at:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/38433724/BidClerk-Reed-Complaint

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