Facebook Settlement Illustrates the Worst of Lawyer-Driven Class Actions

This week, CEI’s Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF) argued against a cynical Facebook class action settlement that provides $3.9 million in fees and expenses to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and only a vague 22-word addition to Facebook’s “Help Center” of information already disclosed on the site for the class members. The settlement is a result of a privacy class action over Facebook’s treatment of URLs in internal messages between Facebook users and was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday.
“We had hoped the court would recognize that this settlement exemplifies the worst of lawyer-driven class actions and should not be approved under existing law,” said CCAF director Ted Frank about the decision. “The class relief is entirely illusory and yet the attorneys claim they are entitled to millions of dollars in fees.” 
According to CCAF, not only are the class members receiving worthless injunctive relief while their lawyers walk away

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