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Judge Cancels “Sponsored Stories” Settlement Hearing

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 12, 2012

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has recused herself from overseeing the proposed settlement in a class-action filed over Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” feature, canceling a hearing in which the social network was seeking the settlement’s final approval, Bloomberg reports. Under the proposed agreement, Facebook would pay $10 million to multiple advocacy groups and revise its terms of use to include options for users to limit the display of their content and actions with the Sponsored Stories. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment on Koh’s decision, and Koh has not given a reason for her recusal, the report states.
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