Ho-hum. Another day, another class-action suit:
Fraley, et al. v. Facebook, Inc., et al., Case No. CV-11-01726 RS
If you or your child have or have had a Facebook account and a Facebook Sponsored Story featured your or your child’s name or profile picture, you or your child may be a “Class Member” in a class action lawsuit (the “Action”).
Sponsored Stories are a form of advertising that typically contain posts which appear on facebook.com about or from a Facebook user or entity that a business, organization, or individual has paid to promote so there is a better chance that the posts will be seen by the user or entity’s chosen audience. For more information about Sponsored Stories, please review the Notice.
A class action lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”) claimed that Facebook unlawfully used Class Members’ names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities to advertise or sell products and services through Sponsored Stories, without obtaining Class Members’ consent. Facebook denies any wrongdoing and any liability whatsoever. No court or other entity has made any judgment or other determination of any liability.
The settlement will bring Class Members the enormous sum of, um, a maximum of ten bucks, although “no one knows in advance how much, if anything, Authorized Claimants may receive, and no one will know until the deadline for submitting claims passes.”
The deadline is the second of May. After that, if the settlement is approved, the actual plaintiffs — there are three — will receive $12,500 each, and counsel for same has requested “up to $7.5 million for their attorneys’ fees and up to $282,566.49 to cover their costs”.
1. What are the chances that the aggrieved plaintiffs, their twelve thou not yet in hand, will still have Facebook accounts? (Answer: ~100 percent.)
2. What are the chances that anything useful was accomplished by this suit? (Answer: ~0 percent.)