Facebook Settles Class Action Lawsuit for $20M, Your Cut is $10

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News Posted: Mon, Jan 28 2013 10:48 AM
Attention Facebook users, you might be eligible to receive a crisp $10 bill (or, more likely, a check worth $10) as part of a class action settlement. Try not to spend it all in one place. The entire settlement is actually worth $20 million, though your cut and everyone else who participates will receive a Hamilton, or nothing at all.

"If the number of claims made renders it economically infeasible to pay money to persons who make a timely and valid claim, payment will be made to the not-for-profit organizations identified on the Settlement website at www.fraleyfacebooksettlement.com," Facebook's legal department stated in an email sent out to potential claimants. "These organizations are involved in educational outreach that teaches adults and children how to use social media technologies safely, or are involved in research of social media, with a focus on critical thinking around advertising and commercialization, and particularly with protecting the interests of children."

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Given the number of Facebook users, the above disclaimer is the more likely outcome, though it will depend on how many people dismiss the email as spam. It's probably for the better anyway, since the payout to individuals is so small (not even enough to cover a movie ticket in some areas).

The class action lawsuit stemmed from Facebook using people's names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities in sponsored ads without their permission. As part of the proposed settlement, Facebook denies any wrongdoing and any liability.
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Inspector replied on Mon, Jan 28 2013 12:45 PM

I rather everyone file it so the charity gets the money then fb users... lol

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lipe123 replied on Mon, Jan 28 2013 1:39 PM

Uhm what was the lawsuit about, doesn't it make sense to say what they settled about or w.e?

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Inspector replied on Mon, Jan 28 2013 3:16 PM

@ lipe123: The class action lawsuit stemmed from Facebook using people's names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities in sponsored ads without their permission. As part of the proposed settlement, Facebook denies any wrongdoing and any liability.

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That's my sentiment as well. The $20 million settlement would be better spent helping charities than handing out $10 to a bunch of users.

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The lawyers get some thing like $7.5 million and the original plaintiffs get a total of $37k all together. Looks more like lawsuit abuse to me.

"Fraley v. Facebook: Yes, It's Legit and Not a Hoax".

http://www.theinternetpatrol.com/fraley-v-facebook-yes-its-legit-and-not-a-hoax/

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realneil replied on Mon, Jan 28 2013 8:25 PM

I agree with Inspector and Paul. One lump sum would go a long way to doing more good than passing out beer money.

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