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In a story first reported by Weho Daily, a woman is battling with Match.com to force the company to screen members of its service for sex offender status continues.

Carol Markin claims that she met a sex offender through the service who later attacked her, and she is asking a court to step in to force the dating website to stop accepting new members until a sexual predator screening system is installed.

She says that she met the alleged perpetrator, Alan Paul Wurtzel, on Match.com in 2010. The two set up a date to meet for coffee at Urth Caffe here in West Hollywood, after which Wurtzel is alleged to have viciously sexually assaulted her.

Markin has come out publicly with her identity since we first reported the story. Responding to the heavy publicity generated by the claims, Match.com, which is part of IAC and has offices on the Sunset Strip, has announced that they will begin screening members against the National Sex Offender Registry.

But even with that statement of intention, Markin is asking a court to force the company to stop accepting new members until the feature is introduced, putting pressure on the company to begin offering the screening.

ABC7 reported that today’s hearing was set for 1:30PM and Markin, Wurtzel and Match.com President Mandy Ginsberg were expected to testify.

Wurtzel’s attorney says that the sex that occurred was consensual.

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