It’s finally lights out for the Facebook Beacon case, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the disputed settlement of the class-action suit against the social network, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The $9.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over Facebook’s now-defunct Beacon program, initially announced nearly three years ago (March 2010), will stand despite objections from six judges on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Because of a law passed in 1988, U.S. Facebook users have been unable to share their Netflix viewing data — much like they do for Spotify or other applications that utilize open graph technology. However, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation recently to change this, allowing video-rental companies to get consent from their customers to share their preferences online.
In yet another example of the blistering speed of the U.S. legal system, the $9.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over Facebook’s now-defunct Beacon program, initially announced in March 2010, was finally approved by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and that decision wasn’t even unanimous.