California escort website, escort agency sue over escort ads
San Jose, California (Reuters) – California’s largest escort agency filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a rival website that it alleges violated a state law banning deceptive advertising by private contractors.
Lawyers for the California-based escort service Escort San Jose (ESJ) and the Los Angeles-based Escort Agency of America filed a complaint with the California Attorney General’s Office in Sacramento.ESJ said in a statement that it would contest the lawsuit and that it was seeking damages for breach of contract, false advertising and false enrichment.
The Los Angeles firm’s attorney, Daniel Siegel, said the company was “disappointed and disappointed” in the filing.
The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Siegel said.
“It is disappointing that a California company would take advantage of this situation,” Siegel told Reuters.
The lawsuit alleges that the escort agency advertised on the Los Angels and San Francisco Bay area escort websites, and that its advertising violates California’s law prohibiting deceptive advertising.
The Escort agency said in its complaint that it had received more than 4,000 complaints from potential escorts in the Los Angelas and San Fran’s Bay area since January.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs, the state’s consumer watchdog, said in February it was looking into complaints about escort services in the state.
The department also cited a report from a private consulting firm that said escorts could earn up to $5 million a year from their work.
In February, the California State Assembly approved a law that requires escort agencies to file reports on their business practices and provide escorts with the names of those who work for them.