AVVO called me and ask me about what I do, where I work, etc. After multiple phone calls and a few emails I explained that I am not seeking clients and that I work inhouse. Yet they proceeded to rate me as though I am in private practice seeking clients. I have no experience suing websites like AVVO. I am fed up with websites posting incorrect information. Would anyone have here have experience suing websites with unfair and misleading practices? Are they even qualified to rate attorneys? Are they violating any laws?
In the old days of record stores there were bins.....some with names for individual artists...Say...Sinatra. Then there were genre .. . .like Blues or Rock in which those who have not already made a name could be found....Or instrumentals. . . .or Miscl Romantic Singers etc. Effectively, the store wanted to make it as easy as possible to effect the purpose......they did it by placing categories that satisfied their interest....their commercial interest. So think of AVVO who is selling whatever they wish to sell. So they set up "bins." They set up bins to effect goals of those who are their customers. They own the stores. They own the platforms. As long as their actions are legal, e.g., do not violate protected classes etc. . . .It is their store to effect lawful results. You may fit into the Classical Music bin . . .you have not earned your own bin or a bin that effects or affects (either) their commercial interests. Please, I am not kissing their behind. . . .I am merely explaining as an entertainment lawyer how they might be operating. Do not get involved over a denial of recognition for your interests. Now suppose their thing is assisting their customers (Askers) in finding help. They do not offer the kind of help that you have . . . .for sale. Your category of situation may not help their customers. No, they are not violating the law by creating lawful access for the legal purpose that is intended. When you are ready to expose your services as a lawyer. . . .then you have what they are selling. Kind regards, Sheldon Starke.
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