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Tereza Burki had sued Seventy Thirty, based in Knightsbridge, central London, for deceit and misrepresentation. Burki, 47, a mother of three who lives in Chelsea, approached the dating service in in pursuit of a new partner.

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Her most important requirement was a willingness to have more children since she had always wanted four. This was false and misleading, said the judge, because there were only about active male members altogether.

She was induced to enter her contract with the agency by the false representations given Not a dating service Thomas, who must have known he was giving her a wholly false impression, he added. In her legal action, Burki sought the return of her membership fee and damages for distress.

The agency counter-sued her for libel and malicious falsehood in connection with two online reviews she wrote. Had Thomas explained to Burki that the database included active members, former members who still wished to be matched, and people who had been headhunted and had agreed to be put on the database in the hope of finding a suitable partner, she would have had little cause for complaint, Parkes said.

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