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Ashley Madison Disclosures Are Good Business for Lawyers

Updated on August 28, 2015

Adultery is Great for Law Firms' Business

Divorce lawyers are getting more inquiries as a result of disclosures by hackers of the website that encourages adultery called Ashley

Hackers outraged by the website published the names and addresses of more than 30 million Ashley customers, according to a report by The Legal Forum (

The District of Columbia ranked second in the United States for the number of residents who paid to seek adulterous sex through the website. Virginia was eighth and Maryland was 10th.

The hackers’ online disclosures also are likely to lead to job terminations for employees who accessed Ashley on job sites that forbid using computers for anything other than work. Thousands of them come from government computers, according to a preliminary report on Ashley customers.

They include 6,788 from the Army’s Internet addresses, 1,665 from the Navy’s and 809 the Marines’ addresses.

CBS Local reported the following breakdown for Washington-area government entities:
104 from the Department of Veterans Affairs
22 from the District of Columbia government
22 from the Montgomery County government (plus four from the City of Rockville)
11 from the Department of Justice
11 from the Baltimore City government
8 from the Fairfax County government
5 from the FBI

Divorce lawyers say disclosures from the Ashley website create strong evidence of adultery that could hurt spouses in child custody proceedings. The adulterous spouses also risk unfavorable judgments during divorces.

Meanwhile, two Canadian law firms filed a $578 million class action lawsuit against the companies that operate Ashley Madison, saying the website neglected to protect its customers’ privacy. Another class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Missouri by an unnamed woman seeking more than $5 million for damage to her privacy and reputation.

Ashley’s motto is Life is Short. Have an Affair.

A website that encourages adultery is producing new business for lawyers.
A website that encourages adultery is producing new business for lawyers.

Should a website that encourages adultery get sued?

Has Ashley Madison done something wrong with its website that encourages adultery?

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      Tom Ramstack 

      3 years ago

      The follow-up question is what's going to happen to some of the people whose names were disclosed. Some of them will face job losses and legal liability issues, which could include divorce and child custody problems. The ramifications of this scandal could continue for years.

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      Ruth Mata 

      3 years ago from New Mexico

      I don't particularly think they've done anything wrong. It all boils down to the moral values of the individual. Something that is reprehensible to one person, may not be to another. And as far as the wife of the accuser being dragged into the equation, obviously if your significant other is performing these acts behind your back, then you didn't marry the man you thought you did and maybe it's best to cut your losses and move on. Just my opinion though.


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