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Google Ruling Hints At High Court Wariness Of Cy Pres Deals

Law360 (March 20, 2019, 10:43 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court punted Wednesday on deciding the fairness of Google's $8.5 million cy pres privacy deal that steered funds to third parties instead of class members, but Justice Clarence Thomas' unequivocal criticism of the arrangement is a sign that the high court may soon curtail the practice.

The justices' decision to remand Google's settlement to a lower court to address lingering concerns over whether the Google users have standing to sue is also a reminder that it may behoove all parties in similarly structured cases to address that still-murky question on its own before working out a settlement, attorneys...

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