Parent company to Coupons.com, Quotient Technology, is calling this a “sweeping victory”. A federal judge has demanded two coupon fairies pay the company over $113,000 in damages, fees and attorney costs, and are banished from coupons.com permanently.
This victory for Quotient comes 9 long months after Quotient tracked down and sued Instagram user “ipfairy” and later renamed “flashqs”. That account holder was among many who discovered a way to bypass Coupons.com’s 2 alike coupons per device print limit. This user saved thousands of coupon PDFs to their computer and sold them to other couponers via Instagram. The user also offered for sale a custom-made hack called “Springroll” that allowed buyers to generate their very own unlimited number of unique coupon prints as well.
Quotient later identified “flashqs” as a Texas couple, accused them of violating state and federal computer fraud acts, misappropriation, unfair competition and breach of contract. As of Monday, “flashqs” was still selling Coupons.com printables on Instagram.
On Tuesday 7/18, a federal judge found favor with Quotient and against the defendants.
The decision was reached largely based on a technicality — the defendants never showed up.
The defendants never attended and dialed into 3 successive case management conferences, and the judge was unable to reach them by phone to find out why they did not attend. Given their “repeated failure to appear in court or otherwise defend the case,” the judge granted Quotient’s request to a judgment by default.
The judge ruled in favor of a $113,091 judgment, and banning the defendants (flashqs) from Coupons.com forever, was a “harsh sanction”. But he said the “willfulness and bad faith” of the defendants, who “ceased communication and failed to appear in court, without explanation and despite the Court’s orders to attend,” left him not much choice.
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