Google Privacy Case To Test Limits Of Novel Settlements

Law360 (April 30, 2018, 9:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to review a settlement in which Google agreed to pay millions to third-party privacy nonprofits and nothing to users who accused the tech giant of illegally sharing their search histories with advertisers could upend the way in which such cases — where damages are tricky to quantify — are negotiated, lawyers say.

Justices are set for the first time to consider the cy pres remedy, which distributes awards in class actions to parties not affiliated with the litigation in cases where sending them to individual plaintiffs would be unreasonable. Google and class counsel have argued...

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