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Man found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud

Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Clark was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud by a jury in Fort Worth, Texas. His conviction comes after he, along with three co-conspirators, defrauded Electronic Arts, Inc. The company, which is more commonly known as EA Games, lost more than $16 million to the conspirators.

EA published a game called FIFA Football, wherein players can earn FIFA coins, an in-game currency usually earned based on the amount of time a player has been playing the game. Clark and his accomplices set up the game to look as if they played for hours when they had not. They allegedly exchanged their FIFA coins for over $16 million. Senior Counsel Ryan Dickey of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant United States Attorneys Brian Poe and Candina Heath of the Northern District of Texas were tasked with prosecuting the case.

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Mary Kay claims RetailMeNot committed intellectual property violations

Multinational skin care, makeup, and body care provider Mary Kay Cosmetics has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Dallas against Austin-based and Google Ventures-backed coupon website RetailMeNot, Inc. (formerly Whaleshark Media), for trademark infringement and fraud, Marketing Land reported on March 18.

According to the lawsuit, RetailMeNot spreads misinformation about coupons and deals for Mary Kay products through misleading search results. Mary Kay products are actually sold through sales representatives and not directly to the public. Representatives have felt pressure by clients to accept the codes, even though they are not legitimate.

Additionally, the claim states that RetailMeNot refuses or is slow to removed expired codes and deals, likely because the search results for such codes generates high traffic to the site.

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