U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg granted final approval to Facebook’s $20 million settlement of class-action lawsuit Fraley et al vs. Facebook Monday, which was filed regarding the use of users’ images in sponsored stories, wrapping up proceedings that started in 2011.
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.
Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, may take the stand in an antitrust lawsuit stemming from her days as Google’s Vice President of Global Sales and Operations. Google, Intuit, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Pixar, and Lucasfilm are the subject of a civil suit. The companies are criticized for allegedly keeping wages lower by agreeing not to poach employees from each other.
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.
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.”
The case in which five Facebook members sued the company for violating their privacy rights with sponsored stories has taken an odd twist. Not long ago, Facebook agreed to settle the case, donating $10 million to charity. That settlement needed approval from a San Jose, Calif., judge, who recused herself from the case Wednesday. She gave no reason for her decision.