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Judge Considering New Settlement


November 19, 2012

Reuters reports on U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg’s consideration of Facebook's second attempt to settle allegations of privacy rights violations. Seeborg rejected a proposed class-action settlement related to Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” earlier this year and promised a ruling "very shortly" on a revised proposal that would allow users to claim cash payments of $10 from a $20 million settlement fund, with remaining funds going to charity, the report states. In court Thursday, a Facebook attorney said the settlement provided “meaningful protections,” adding the judge should “ensure a fair settlement—not write national privacy policy,” the report states. “Trust me, I'm not proposing to set grand policy with privacy issues writ large,” Seeborg said.
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