Rodney Edenfield who left ReachLocal to start his own business, Localizeit Online, started off with a real bang. He violated his non-compete clause with ReachLocal and stole their clients. Court ensued and Rodney was off to the races.
Rodney began working with our company, buying links for his clients to increase their search engine rankings. This began in February of 2012 and continued through September of 2014. He bought links for clients like Glass Doctor franchisees, IllinoisSprayFoam.com, MichaelsConsignment, Rebath.com and a host of other franchise type businesses.
We provided links for his clients for over 2 years until recently when we were contacted by Rodney stating they had cancelled their services with us last year. Oddly enough, we have email communications from Mr. Edenfield stating he was authorizing us to get his accounts going again late 2013 after a couple month pause. And also, no cancellation ever coming from Mr. Edenfield. We also have login records from them accessing their account this year.
According to AMEX, Rodney Edenfield and others from inside his company, DrivenLocal.com, they feel they are not liable for the charges once Rodney's initial company, LocalizeitOnline.com was purchased by DrivenLocal.com. They state that after the finalization of the purchase, we're basically out of luck for them paying for the services they bought through us. This loophole appears to be something business owners try to use to their advantage, hiding behind the card companies and disputing the charges. That leaves the innocent merchants to have to pay for their mistakes, as in this case, never cancelling their account.
We have a signed contract with Rodney and LocalizeitOnline.com and that should win in our favor because it would then fall on DrivenLocal.com to go after LocalizeitOnline.com to recoup the money they don't feel they owe. That should be interesting.
I will definitely report back once I hear from AMEX regarding these disputes. Currently, it is up to $18,000 they are trying to steal back from us. As a broker, we've already paid out for all the services we have provided, so we are not only out the money we've spent, but the money we've earned.
All in all, DrivenLocal.com, LocalizeitOnline.com and Rodney Edenfield...even the CEO of DrivenLocal.com, Kevin Szypula are nothing but a fraudulent outfit that will try to cheat and steal your money from underneath you at any means necessary. They don't care about you or their customers. BE AFRAID!
Mr. Link Broker
Reason of review: Paid for services with AMEX and then after the fact disputed the charges for some reason of company name change.
Monetary Loss: $18000.
Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution.