Chronicling web "gripe sites" and other sites confronted with legal action

Retail/Department and Online Store Gripe Sites

Status  Gripe Site
Collection of news articles critical of Wal-Mart. Standard TV & Appliance, Portland's largest locally owned appliance dealer, filed a $2 millions defamation lawsuit against Dan MacNeil because of this web site. "Standard wants him to hand over ownership of the websites, all company documents in his possession, a list of ex-employees who helped him obtain the documents and $2 million."  Article at
Site won ICANN arbitration when Home Depot tries to take domain name. EFF Story
Anti PetsWarhouse People get Sued
This was NOT a Gripe site.  Members of an aquarium plants list (Aquatic Plants Mailing List) made some unfavorable comments about the website The website owner sued a number of the participatns. The defendants established a defense fund.
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Consumer and employee complaints and discusion.
Related news story
Yahoo Group
individual's website, which Radio Shack didn't like "Exposing the TRUTH about Salehoo"..."Before you invest in any of these Too-Good-To-Be-True wholesale lists stop and think. Then do some quick checking to see if the deals are really unbelievable deals."
A hands-on combat web site to prevent unwanted development against big box companies including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target etc.
Hel-Mart "Always a small town disaster...Always"  Site critical of Wal-mart.
This website is dedicated to giving a voice to Wal-Mart associates.
Owner wanted a one day pass to shop at Sam's Club for American Cancer Society but they refused to let her in without paying for a membership first.
Walmart Sucks Journal (
"For Wal*Mart associates, or even customers, to vent their rage."   Site has 287 members and is watched by 213. On March 6, 2006 Public Citizen and ACLU filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart for threatening Charles Smith (owner of  Wal-Mart also threatened which was selling t-shirts on behalf of Smith which consequently caused them to quit making and selling those t-shirts.  “Wal-Mart is using bully tactics to silence its critics,” said Paul Levy. Press Release, Complaint and Exhibit  (I love their tag line, "The world is our labor camp")
Miss America 1992, Carolyn Sapp is a spokesperson for this site.  Site states Walmart doesn't treat women fairly.  "This website was launched to help these women"
"Exposes Wal-Mart for their bad labor standards, political corruptness and overall bad citizenship."
Includes Garth Brooke parody.  "When Wal-Mart employees attempt to stand up for themselves and try to form a union, they face threats, propaganda, discrimination, intimidation, and even firings."

Gripe Sites
Bad AmSouth

Farmers Insurance Sucks

Kaiser Gripe Site
Kaiser thrives on ruining lives.

Screw PayPal

University of Phoenix Sucks

Capella University Sucks Gripe Site

Honda Sucks Gripe Site

Halliburton Watch

Truth about American Intercontinental University



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