by Structured Settlement Watchdog
Richart Ruddie is exposed again for association with alleged fraudulent activity in the name of "reputation management", this time in a fascinating article in the Washington Post coauthored by Eugene Volokh, UCLA law professor and author of The Volokh Conspiracy, one of the top legal blogs and Paul Alan Levy of the Public Citizen Litigation Group. Paul Alan Levy also penned another article about and what Levy refers to as a "Black Hat SEO firm"
In this September 15, 2016 letter to Richart Ruddie, Download ObermanLettertoRuddie, Ruddie's reputation management firm SEO Profile Defenders Network LLC of Fort Lauderdale is accused of forgery of his client Dr. Mitul Patel, a Georgia dentist as well as the signature of a straw defendant on a complaint and consent motion filed in Baltimore City, Maryland, to obtain a Court Order in a de-indexing of defamatory material case.
Read the motions of the Plaintiff and Defendant's motions to vacate in Mitul R.Patel v Mathew Chan Baltimore City MD Case No. 24-C-16-003573
Professor Volokh says (in comments) that "the purpose of the process was generally to deceive companies such as Yelp and Google. It's individuals and small businesses victimizing other individuals and, among others, one of the largest corporations in the world".
Richart Ruddie has been involved with various brands in the structured settlement secondary market JRR Funding, Einstein Structured Funding and other sites in addition to Annuity Sold, Uber Funding, Greenspring Funding and operates under a variety of aliases.
Profile Defenders and Richart Ruddie: The Common Link Between Two Phony Defamation Suits Public Citizen October 10, 2016 (refers to Ruddie's firm as Black Hat SEO) Levy opines ' I expect that Ruddie will prove a slippery character – the home page of his “Profile Defenders” web site provides a New York City street address that appears to be phony (a letter I sent him at that address demanding that he preserve relevant documents came back undeliverable), and both the Linked In and Google profiles of Profile Defenders show a Washington, D.C. address that does not exist. Moreover, Florida’s records reveal that Ruddie maintains a stable of many different LLC’s. It may take the investigative resources of a federal or state grand jury or of the Federal Trade Commission to track him and his assets down, and bring him to justice.