Judge Throws Out Site's Reimbursement Request
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.April 12, 2012
A federal judge has dismissed Facebook's attempt to recover more than $700,000 in legal fees stemming from a potential class-action lawsuit that was thrown out last year, MediaPost News reports. Five individuals sued Facebook for allegedly contravening California's publicity law because the site used their names and images in its Friend Finder advertisements. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg said that while Facebook "may have achieved its 'objective' of a dismissal, the decision in effect was only that plaintiffs had sued in a forum that could not decide their claims, not that the claims failed for a substantive reason."