Facebook is facing another privacy-related lawsuit from Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, but this time, the class-action suit will be heard on the group’s home turf in Austria, rather than in Ireland, where Facebook’s European operations are based.
Could the Fraley et al vs. Facebook class-action lawsuit over the use of users’ images in sponsored stories finally come to an end Friday? If U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg grants his final approval to the settlement reached between the social network and the plaintiffs, the suit, which was originally filed in 2011, may hear its final gavel.
Can the same law firm unsuccessfully bid to lead a class-action suit against a company, and then file a related derivative lawsuit against the same company? Facebook says no, requesting in a filing with Delaware’s Court of Chancery that the derivative suit filed by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd be thrown out due to a conflict of interest, but its argument may stand on shaky ground.
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.