NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - While millions of singles swipe left and right on Tinder and Bumble, the two big dating apps are taking swipes at each other in court. Bumble is suing Tinder's parent company, Match, for $400 million after Match sued Bumble for infringing Tinder's patents.
"From Bumble's perspective, Match is playing hardball," attorney Scott Sholder told Fox 5. "And from Match's perspective, they're protecting their own rights."
Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd created her women-talk-first app after she left Tinder, which she also co-founded, and sued Match for sexual harassment. That history didn't stop Match from courting Bumble with a billion-dollar offer last year. But then things fell apart, according to Bumble's complaint.
"Match had access to certain sensitive confidential information and misused it," Sholder said. "And then turned around and sued Bumble for patent infringement and trademark infringement."
And the new lawsuit, filed in a Texas state court, put an official stamp on Bumble's full-page New York Times ad last week saying, "We swipe left on your attempted scare tactics."
While these dueling lawsuits may be just the start of a long and ugly legal battle, nothing is stopping the apps' combined 80 million users from carrying on swiping to their hearts' delight.