Andrew Grosso & Associates Announces Settlement of Web Crawling Lawsuit Brought by QVC, Inc. Against Resultly, LLC

WASHINGTON--()--Andrew Grosso & Associates, a District of Columbia law firm, announced today the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by QVC, Inc. against Resultly, LLC, a start-up Internet company based in Chicago, Illinois. The lawsuit accused Resultly of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) by crawling QVC’s website and engaging in related violations. All of the related claims were previously dismissed on a motion by Resultly. The remaining CFAA counts are now also dismissed. The terms of a settlement agreement remain confidential.

In motion practice before the Court, Resultly introduced evidence of the following:

  • Although QVC’s complaint alleged that Resultly crawled QVC’s website at rates up to 36,000 requests per minute, QVC email indicated that Resultly's search requests ranged up to 306 searches per minute; and only after QVC, through a contractor, began blocking search requests did this number rise to 36,000 per minute, with none of those search requests reaching QVC’s website.
  • Although QVC’s complaint alleged that Resultly intended to cause damage to QVC’s website, deposition testimony of former QVC personnel indicated that QVC knew that Resultly was a test search engine; and QVC had no information that Resultly intended to cause harm to QVC.
  • Although QVC’s complaint alleged that Resultly disguised its identity, deposition testimony of QVC personnel indicated that QVC could determine from Resultly's exposed Internet addresses that Resultly was doing the crawling.

The case is QVC, Inc. v. Resultly, LLC, Case No. 2:14-cv-6714, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Resultly was represented by Andrew Grosso & Associates, a law firm concentrating in cyber law and litigation; and co-counsel was the Basil Law Group, located in New York, New York.

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Andrew Grosso & Associates
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