Facebook Can't Fuse Ad Privacy Disputes Into MDL

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation panel refused Thursday to consolidate three suits over Facebook Inc.'s use of consumers' images in advertising, noting two actions focus on different aspects of Facebook's ads while a third broadly attacks ads that use minors' images.

Plaintiffs in all three cases fought centralizing the disputes in the Northern District of California, arguing they involved individual rather than common facts. The JPML agreed, ruling that there was limited overlap among the classes even though they involved some common general facts....
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