Updated: January 28, 2023
Online dating company Match Group Inc., which was sued by the Federal Trade Commission earlier this week for allegedly deceiving consumers, is now facing a Justice Department investigation.
Match said Friday in a regulatory filing that it received a grand-jury subpoena on Sept. 26 for documents relating to some of the marketing-related claims in the FTC lawsuit.
Match, which owns Tinder and OKCupid, said it intends to cooperate in the DOJ investigation. A spokesman didn’t respond to a request seeking comment.
The FTC accused Match of tricking consumers by exploiting messages from fraudulent accounts to induce non-subscribers to sign up for subscriptions. The company called the complaint “baseless.”
Match said the FTC last year proposed a $60 million settlement to resolve its investigation but talks ended without an agreement.