Cranberry man files suit against LinkedIn

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A Cranberry man who heads a local foundation has filed suit against the networking firm LinkedIn Corp. to find out who put his name, personal cell phone and email on the popular site.

And so far, LinkedIn won't tell him.

Rick D. Senft, president and CEO of the Passavant Memorial Home Foundation, filed suit today in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Senft's Marshall-based foundation assists people who have developmental disabilities. His attorney, Jay D. Marinstein, declined comment on his behalf.

The lawsuit said that Mr. Senft, of Cranberry, "is careful to keep his personal contact information private." But in October, he stumbled upon a LinkedIn account that he neither authored nor authorized.

The complaint doesn't detail any resulting damages or inconvenience. Nor does it say why Mr. Senft insisted, even after LinkedIn took down the page for him, on knowing who created the account.

Mr. Marinstein's resulting lawsuit asks only that LinkedIn reveal the creator of the "fraudulent account."

LinkedIn's public relations department could not be reached for comment.

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Rich Lord:, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord


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