Facebook Wins Dismissal Of Friend Finder Class Suit
By Zach Winnick
Law360, Los Angeles (June 28, 2011, 4:32 PM ET) -- A California federal judge tossed a putative class action Tuesday alleging Facebook Inc. misappropriated user information to promote its Friend Finder service, while a state court consolidated two suits claiming Facebook used underage users' names and likenesses in ads without parental consent.
Tuesday's dual rulings in separate but similar cases highlight the ways in which Facebook leverages user-generated information to produce hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue — and the legal risks it runs in the process.
“Plaintiffs have not shown how the mere disclosure...