IMPORTANT UPDATE [03 AUG 2016]

Soon after this investigation report went public, CEO of StatusLabs emailed us explaining his side of the story to us. In view of fairness, we took the information he provided into consideration, and for the sake of transparency, we’ve asked for permission to make it public.

StatusLabs has since put up this public notice in this regard – http://www.statuslabs.com/a-note-on-dmca-takedowns

In his email, Mr. Fisher told us how Mr. Jordan French acted alone in this fake DMCA scam and is still obsessed with cleaning his online reputation, in whichever way possible. It seems ethics is not high on Mr. Jordan French’s agenda.

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Mr. Darius further commented –

He’s completely determined to wipe out all traces of this incident and won’t stop until he’s succeeded, even if it means harming himself in the process.

He’s also resorted to legal threats against me personally, as well as my company, demanding that we take down the “Open Letter” and he even so much as demanded that I redact my statement about his controversial actions in the Huffington Post article I linked to in the blog post I published.

My business split with Jordan wasn’t friendly, and we’re no longer friends.

We also got to know how Jordan French and his team tried their luck with fake DMCA takedown emails to several news agencies. Here is one such email provided to us by the original source –

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Mr. Jordan French seems hellbound to remove all negative articles. We discovered another such case perpetrated by him and have put up another investigative report here –

https://webactivism.com/jordan-french-investigation-for-fraud-impersonation-and-perjury-fake-dmca-12720343

Unfortunately, he has managed to remove these 2 URLs from Google Search –

We are yet to hear from Jordan French. Within a few days, we will contact Google to reinclude the above 2 URLs in their search results, as well as send our investigative findings to JUT.org and The Austine Egotist for any legal action they might want to initiate against the perpetrators.

ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA

Two fake news websites were used in this particular case, and we’ve reported these websites in multiple other violations previously –

  • localnewsarizona.com
  • palmdaleherald.com

localnewsarizona.com

  • localnewsarizona.com was owned by Brad Denham of techmoguls.com till early April (2016). From web archives, we know that it was put up for sale, and purchased by the culprits in April this year. We’re hoping to identify them soon.
  • A look at the metadata for the images on this website, it is clear that the website was uploaded in May 2016.
  • The reporter ‘Abigail Terrence‘ for this article does NOT seem to exist even. We contacted everyone by that name, and none of them are aware of this website.
  • The date on the article is 13th Feb 2015. We’ve already proven that the website did not exist at all. By analyzing the URL structure of the image in the article – http://localnewsarizona.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pinata-store-torn-down-East-Austin-Jumpolin_091124.jpg , we know that this article was uploaded in May 2016.
  • The most outlandish evidence is the fact that the fake article at localnewsarizona.com actually MENTIONS CultureMap twice. Yes, the idiots copy-pasted it all…

“I was driving by like any other day, taking my daughter to school,” Sergio told CultureMap. “That’s when I saw it: my life’s work under the bulldozer.”

“French told CultureMap that at least three notices were given to the Lejarazus via email and certified mail beginning in October 2014″

palmdaleherald.com

  • palmdaleherald.com was owned by Mitchell Shook ([email protected]) till March 2016, after which it was acquired by our perpetrators. We’re hoping to identify them soon.
  • The website itself was hosted on 18th May 2016 according to the hosting history and archives, which means the article which is dated 11 Feb 2015, did not exist.
  • The image URL structure in the article also reveals that the article was published in May 2016 itself – http://palmdaleherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/pinataowner-1024×683.jpg
  • The other aspects of the website does not warrant going into details. We’ll jus mention the facts here –
    • The banner ads are placeholder only, and not hyperlinked
    • Free wordpress template, with placeholder social network icon hyperlinks
    • Made up reporter news reporters who do not exist. A registered company ‘Palmdale Herald Creative Networks Pvt Ltd’, that is not registered.
  • There is just far too much to post here. It’s that obvious. What we’re working on, is to ascertain the identity of the website owner(s).

SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?

An untimely demolition of a store by F&F Real Estate Ventures, an LLC owned by Jordan French and Darius Fisher. French and Fisher were also CEO and president, respectively, of Status Labs, an Austin image management company that offers public relations services to clients. A lot of questions asked, bad press and condemnation.

Jordan French eventually had to quit his position at Status Labs, and he quotes this on his LinkedIn account

Jordan French co-founded, was the founding CEO and COO of, and remains Managing-Member of Status Labs, the reputation management firm with offices in New York, Austin, and Sao Paulo. He built the company from two people to thirty with 939% growth from 2012 until he stepped down as CEO and COO in September 2015 after selflessly taking the blame for the actions of a Status Labs executive and wholly shielding his business partners from blame.

Jordan is currently the President/Founder of Notability Partners, CMO at BeeHex 3D food printing, Co-founder of BNB Shield and seems that he still holds some position at StatusLabs. We can only assume how much this bad press might be hurting his business.

EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Jordan French’ has something to do with this fake DMCA. Couldn’t it be a coincidence ?’, we will say this – When someone goes and creates a whole new fake news site, falsifies his/her identity and submits fake DMCA to try and de-list some very targeted content on Google, it signals intent and a plan. It is obvious that ‘Jordan French’ or someone he hired was directly involved in this crime. Jordan French also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.

We are awaiting more information from [email protected] and [email protected] (the former owners of these domains) to know more about the new owners. We’ll update this page once we have more information. If you have any information to add to this investigation, get in touch with us at [email protected]


2 Responses to “Jordan French – Investigation for Fraud, Impersonation and Perjury – Fake DMCA 12334971”

  • Jake Austin • Reply

    Jordan French and Darius Fisher seem to find themselves in scammer situations a lot, but keep progressing and succeeding. Businesses don’t mind working with scam artists as long as it benefits their ROI and removes their bad actions from google results.

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