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.
Facebook-owned photo-sharing application Instagram is hoping to share in the court success enjoyed by its parent company Wednesday, asking the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in San Francisco to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit over its revised terms of service.
Unlike the message about a 14-year-old boy who was shot by his stepfather, messages from Facebook titled, “Legal Notice of Settlement of Class Action,” are legitimate, and are being emailed to users of the social network who were part of the class-action lawsuit involving the inclusion of users’ photos in sponsored stories.
California attorneys Robert Arns and Jonathan Jaffe, who represented five plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the social network over the use of their images in sponsored stories, are seeking $7.7 million in fees, Bloomberg reported.
Despite the fact that Facebook-owned photo-sharing application Instagram backtracked on a controversial plan to incorporate users’ images into advertising, similar to Facebook’s sponsored stories, a class-action suit was filed against Instagram in federal court in San Francisco Friday.
The class-action lawsuit against Facebook over the use of users’ images in sponsored stories moved one step closer to resolution Monday, as U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg (uled that Facebook’s proposed settlement meets the requirements for preliminary approval.
Did a $10 bill change the mind of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg? Quite possibly, but not in an illegal way: At a hearing in San Francisco Thursday, Seeborg looked more favorably upon Facebook’s revised settlement proposal in a class-action lawsuit over the use of users’ images in sponsored stories, and the judge said he would rule “very shortly.”
After the rejection of its original settlement proposal in a lawsuit over the use of users’ images in sponsored stories by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg in August, the social network filed an amended settlement Friday, in which affected users will actually receive some of the funds, albeit not much.
The settlement Facebook reached in June in a class-action suit over the use of its members’ likenesses in sponsored stories may be in jeopardy, as U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, who must approve the proposal, expressed “significant concerns.”
Facebook found itself on the receiving end of yet another privacy lawsuit, but this time there are 17 other defendants, and it’s a class action involving mobile applications.