I SUED BAILBONDSHQ.COM
I SUED BAILBONDSHQ.COM
There is litigation underway in several states against Travis Paul Grant, Mariel Lizette Grant, Kyle David Grant, and their myraid of business entities. Lawsuits have been filed in Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. One of the two actions filed in Arizona is a Class Action. These legal actions all concern the Grant's operation of several MUGSHOT WEBSITES.
Travis Paul Grant is identified as the owner of the former bailbondshq.com. He also owns and operates publicpolicerecord.com and usbondsmen.com. His previous mugshot site domains include bailbondcity.com, bailbondsearch.com, rapsheets.org and rapsheetz.com.
Travis Paul Grant, Mariel Lizette Grant and Kyle David Grant operate mugshot websites in a manner that causes ongoing harm to the reputations of millions of people nationwide.
The lawsuit in Pennsylvania was filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County at case number GD-21-000801. The Second Amended Complaint was filed on September 22, 2021 against Travis Paul Grant, Mariel Lizette Grant, Kyle David Grant, Odell Nat, LLC, Gainesville Console Doctor, LLC, and Kyle D. Grant, 1, LLC.
It is alleged in the Second Amended Complaint that statements and implications authored by the Grants' and published on the webpages are demonstrably false and misleading. It is alleged that the statements authored by the Grants' falsely imply that the individuals whose names appear on their “online list” of “Washington County Jail Inmates” are presently "inmates" who are presently "incarcerated". The Grant's false and misleading publications placed the Plaintiff in a false light before the public and were a conscious and deliberate invasion of the Plaintiff’s right to privacy.
The lawsuit seeks an award of general and/or compensatory damages of not less than $50,000.00 and not more than $74,999.00. These damages are sought for the significant harm suffered as a result of the Grant's false and misleading publications. The lawsuit also seeks nominal damages, costs of the action, interest, preliminary and/or permanent injunctive relief, and such other relief as the Court deems appropriate. The cause of action is this case is False Light Invasion of Privacy.
The lawsuit is based upon BAILBONDSHQ's "Pennsylvania Inmate Directory Search" and its "Washington County Jail Inmate Directory" webpages.
You can read and download the Second Amended Complaint and the Exhibits below.
Travis Paul Grant, Mariel Lizette Grant and Kyle David Grant at first attempted to represent themselves in this legal action. The Grants filed several pro se documents including a Motion to Dismiss and Preliminary Objections. Both pleadings included Affidavits signed by Travis, Mariel and Kyle. You can read and download the Affidavits below. After a hearing, the Court DENIED the Motion to Dismiss filed by the Grants.
THE DEFENDANT'S AMENDED PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS
On May 18, 2021, the Grants, through their attorney, filed Amended Preliminary Objections to the Plaintiff's Amended Complaint and a Brief in Support of their Amended Preliminary Objections.
THE PLAINTIFF'S RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION
The Plaintiff's Answer in Opposition to the Defendant's Amended Preliminary Objections and supporting Brief was filed with the Court on July 25, 2021.
THE COURT'S ORDER ON DEFENDANT'S OBJECTIONS
On August 26, 2021, the Court sustained the Defendant's Amended Preliminary Objections but granted the Plaintiff permission to file a Second Amended Complaint.
PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS TO SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT
On October 12, 2021, the Grants, through their attorney, filed Preliminary Objections to the Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint. You can read the objections and argument below. The exhibits were omitted due to size constraints. The Plaintiff's Response in Opposition to the Defendant's Preliminary Objections will be available here once it is filed with the Court. An argument date has been set for December 13, 2021.
MOTION TO DEEM DEFENDANTS SERVED
On October 25, 2021, the Plaintiff filed a Motion to Deem Defendants Served which concerns service of the Second Amended Complaint upon Defendants Kyle David Grant, Odell Nat, LLC, Gainesville Console Doctor, LLC, and Kyle D. Grant 1, LLC.
Was your MUGSHOT or ARREST INFORMATION published on BAILBONDSHQ.COM?
Is your MUGSHOT or ARREST INFORMATION published on USBONDSMEN.COM?
If so, your name was also published in one of the sites state and county "Inmate" Directories. The statements of fact appearing on the "Inmate Directory" pages imply or have implied that individuals identified by name in the Directories are "inmates" who are presently "incarcerated".
The definition of the word “INMATE” is: “any of a group occupying a single space of residence especially - a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)” or “a person confined in an institution (as a prison or hospital)” www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inmate. Black’s Law Dictionary defines the word “INMATE” as “[a] person confined to a prison, penitentiary, or the like.” Inmate, Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).
Simply put, if you are not confined to a prison, you are not an "inmate". Your name appearing on an online list of "WHATEVER COUNTY JAIL INMATES" showing the present date places you in a false light in the public eye.
If your name is published on an "Inmate Directory" that falsely implies (or implied) that you are confined to a jail or prison, YOU MAY HAVE A LEGAL CLAIM for FALSE LIGHT - INVASION OF PRIVACY against the operators of BAILBONDSHQ.COM and USBONDSMEN.COM. This is true even if your arrest resulted in a conviction.
YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE TO SEE IF A CLAIM FOR FALSE LIGHT INVASION OF PRIVACY IS AVAILABLE TO YOU. THERE MAY BE OTHER CLAIMS AVAILABLE TO YOU UNDER THE LAWS OF YOUR STATE.
The state and county where you were arrested determines the BAILBONDSHQ.COM or USBONDSMEN.COM "Inmate Directory" that your name appears or appeared in. You can view and download the original Inmate Directory listings from the BAILBONDSHQ Pennsylvania "Inmate Directories" here:
Some of the wording and specific statements targeted in the present lawsuit were substantially altered in March 2021 shortly after the case was commenced. BAILBONDSHQ changed the titles of its directories sitewide. For example, the Pennsylvania webpage was sub-titled "Pennsylvania Inmate Search - Find Out Who's In Jail" but was changed to "Pennsylvania Inmate Search - Find Out Who's Been To Jail." Similarly, the "Washington County Jail Inmate Directory Search" was modified to read "Washington County Jail Inmate Archive Search".
Also, BAILBONDSHQ originally described its "Inmate Lookup" as "an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes current status..." The words "which includes current status" were removed from the self-authored description. The "online list" does not and never did include the "current status" of a persons arrest or incarceration. The "online list" only shows the "AS OF (CURRENT) DATE AND TIME", implying that persons named on the list are presently incarcerated.
The original list of inmate information contained in the "Washington County Inmate Directory" was dated 1996-2004. In March 2021, these individual arrest records were replaced with arrest records from 2016.
The Exhibits which appear in the lawsuit show the statements of fact in their original form. You can also see these statements in the original form and the altered form in the Key Exhibits section below.
All of the "Inmate Directory" webpages published on bailbondshq.com prior to March 1, 2021 displayed similar if not identical wording. The words "WHATEVER COUNTY JAIL INMATES" followed by the words "AS OF... (CURRENT) DATE AND TIME" are or were published on every directory webpage.
On July 13, 2021 a new web domain was created at USBONDSMEN.COM. BAIL BONDS HQ was renamed US BONDSMEN HQ. This new website is identical to the former BAIL BONDS HQ site and contains identical content. Web traffic to bailbondcity.com, bailbondsearch.com and bailbondshq.com is redirected to usbondsmen.com
Before the changes were published, BAILBONDSHQ.COM was captured in its original form and the files were digitally preserved for use as evidence. This material is available to you and your attorney for use as evidence for purposes of litigation. These digial files can be provided on a hard drive. You can submit a request by email at email@example.com for more information.
On February 12, 2021, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania awarded a False Light Invasion of Privacy Plaintiff $150,000.00 in compensatory damages against MUGSHOTS.COM. The case is DARYOUSH TAHA v. BUCKS COUNTY, et al., Civil Action No.12-6867. MUGSHOTS.COM failed to respond to the Complaint. The $150,000.00 judgment followed an assessment of damages hearing. Daryoush Taha alleged that certain content on MUGSHOTS.COM depicted him in a false light. The facts in the TAHA v. BUCKS COUNTY case differ from the facts of the BAILBONDSHQ case. The cases are identical as far as the application of invasion of privacy law.
In this same case, the Court found that BUCKS COUNTY violated the Pennsylvania Criminal History Records Information Act by publishing mugshots and arrest information on a publically available website. A federal jury awarded the class of former BUCKS COUNTY INMATES 68 MILLION DOLLARS in punitive damages. The case was settled for 10 million dollars after the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the 68 million dollar verdict.
Do you want to take legal action against Travis Paul Grant, Mariel Lizette Grant and Kyle David Grant? Do you need to contact them regarding some information they have published about you?
Both BAILBONDSHQ and USBONDSMENHQ previously listed an address of 7643 Gate Parkway, Suite 104-559, Jacksonville, Florida 32256. This address was published in very small print at the bottom of the website. However, mail sent to the Jacksonville address was returned to sender as undeliverable.
Now USBONDSMENHQ lists an address of Apartado 0823-0461, Panamá Rep. de Panamá.
Travis and Mariel Grant reside at 949 Moss Tree Lane in Longwood, Florida 32750. Travis and Mariel Grant were served legal process at 949 Moss Tree (Place) Lane.
TRAVIS PAUL GRANT
949 MOSS TREE PLACE
LONGWOOD, FLORIDA 32750
MARIEL LIZETTE GRANT
949 MOSS TREE PLACE
LONGWOOD, FLORIDA 32750
KYLE DAVID GRANT
2940 LOBELIA DRIVE
LAKE MARY, FLORIDA 32746
You can find both Travis Paul Grant and Kyle David Grant's extensive criminal history and view their arrest photos from the state of Florida at travispaulgrant.com. You can also find information about other lawsuits filed against the Grants as well as their business associations. Click the button below to learn more!
Lawsuit Filed Against Florida Mugshot Website Operators
Second Amended Complaint for Invasion of Privacy Against Travis Paul Grant, Mariel Lizette Grant, Kyle David Grant, Odell Nat, LLC, Gainesville Console Doctor, LLC, and Kyle D. Grant 1, LLC
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