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Bumble Suing Match Group for $400 Million

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Bumble has filed a $400 million lawsuit against Match Group, the parent company of popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid, and Match. Bumble accused Match Group of interfering with its business operations, including stealing trade secrets and hurting the company’s chance to sell equity investments, according to reports from CNN Tech and Recode.

The Bumble lawsuit follows a previous lawsuit filed by Match Group against Bumble two weeks prior. Match Group accused the female-friendly dating app of patent infringement, specifically in regard to its swiping technology, stating that it is virtually identical to Tinder.

Bumble initially responded to the lawsuit with a post on its website, stating: “We swipe left on your attempted scare tactics, and on these endless games. We swipe left on your assumption that a baseless lawsuit would intimidate us. Given your enduring interest in our company, we expected you to know us a bit better by now.”

There has been wide speculation for months that Match Group was interested in purchasing Bumble, and it seems the talks were ongoing. However, according to several reports, Bumble walked away from the negotiations because Match Group was lowballing Bumble in their repeated offers. Match Group however, appears to have gone on the offensive, filing a lawsuit to protect its own offerings and technology, specifically Tinder. They also filed suit against another dating app company, also claiming copyright infringement of their technology.

According to the lawsuit Bumble filed, Match Group used its position as a potential acquirer to take advantage of trade secrets. The two companies were in talks as recently as December 2017, and the suit stated that Match Group "deviously asked for, and received Bumble's most sensitive competitive information -- without disclosing that it was already planning to sue Bumble.”

According to TechCrunch, Bumble also alleges that Match Group filed the lawsuit in part to make Bumble less attractive to other companies who were interested in investing in or acquiring the company.

Match Group responded to Bumble’s claim in a statement to Tech Crunch, saying that “this lawsuit is a petulant and meritless response to our patent and trade secret claims.” Match Group goes on to say that: “[Bumble] also shockingly claim that our patents issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office are 'bogus.' We obviously think their lawsuit has no substance and look forward to proving that in court."

Bumble and Tinder, the Match Group’s star dating app, have had a rocky relationship history and legal battles prior to this latest effort. Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe was one of the founding members of dating app Tinder, and filed a sexual harassment and discrimination suit in 2014 after she left the company.