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.
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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 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.