9th Circ. Upholds Facebook's $9.5M ‘Beacon’ Settlement

Law360, New York (September 20, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT) -- In a split decision, the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld Facebook Inc.’s $9.5 million settlement of a class action alleging the social network’s “Beacon” feature violated consumer privacy laws, calling the settlement fundamentally fair despite leaving class members with no compensation.

In its published opinion, the appellate court said the California federal court properly approved the 2009 settlement, in which Facebook agreed to terminate the feature and pay $9.5 million to drop class claims brought on behalf of more than 3.6 million Facebook users that Facebook...
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