An Illinois woman is leading a class-action suit against Facebook, claiming that she received an unsolicited text message from the social network in February, and her lawyers are actively seeking more plaintiffs who had similar experiences.
Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg expressed “significant concerns” about the settlement Facebook reached in June in a class-action suit over the use of its members’ likenesses in sponsored stories. The concerns were apparently significant enough to cause him to reject the settlement in a ruling late Friday.
Facebook settled a proposed class-action lawsuit based on the principle that its sponsored stories turn its users into spokespeople and, as such, they should be compensated. Terms were not disclosed.
The issue of Facebook using its members’ likenesses in advertising returned to center stage with a ruling by a court in California that a class-action suit against the social network can proceed.