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SCOTUS Lets Facebook Settlement Stand

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 5, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a $9.5 million settlement after a Facebook user challenged the agreement objecting to the fact that none of the money will go to the users whose privacy rights were violated, Bloomberg reports. The settlement will go to a foundation to promote online privacy and security, after paying out lawyers’ fees, and stems from Facebook’s use of the Beacon advertising program, which it shut down in 2009 after complaints. While the court didn’t issue a published dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts said it may need a different case in order to reach the “fundamental concerns surrounding the use of such remedies in class-action litigation.”
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