FRAMINGHAM, MA - AOL, the online service that so many people loved to hate, is rearing its ugly head again.
AOL, a company whose corporate ethics are virtually non-existent has been the object of thousands of consumer, employee and investor complaints and lawsuits due to; unfair consumer practices, consumer privacy violations, unfair labor practices and securities law violations.
The company was been the target of (and lost) one of the largest class action lawsuits in history.
One class action lawsuit should be of particular interest to anyone considering "volunteering", "contributing", or responding to offers for paid work at AOL's Patch. That lawsuit had to do with thousands of people who were effectively unpaid or underpaid "employees" of AOL -- although the company called them "community leaders" and denied they worked for AOL.