Here’s how to file a claim to be part of a new $90 million Facebook settlement – NBC Chicago
If you’re a US Facebook user, you could be liable for payment in a new $90 million class action lawsuit against the company.
According to a press release dated June 24, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted “preliminary approval” to a $90 million settlement with Facebook’s parent company involving the infamous “Like” button. .
The lawsuit relates to a “long-running class action lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking the activities of its followers on non-Facebook websites – even when they are logged out of their Facebook accounts.”
According to the press release, the class action applies to Facebook users in the United States who, between April 22, 2010 and September 25, 2011, visited non-Facebook websites that displayed the “Like” button. from Facebook.
According to the Claims Administrator, the company “denies that it violated any law, but has agreed to the settlement to avoid the costs and risks associated with pursuing this case.”
Although individual settlement amounts have yet to be released, the statement said claims administrator Angeion has begun sending email notifications to eligible class members with instructions on how to file claims. .
If you think you’re an eligible class member and want to file a claim, here’s how to do it and what else you need to know.
How do I know if I am eligible to be part of the class action?
According to the Claims Administrator, if you are:
- A person who, between April 2010 and September 2011, was a Facebook user in the United States, AND
- Person who visited non-Facebook websites that displayed the Facebook Like button
If so, you may be eligible for a payment as part of a class action settlement.
How will I be notified if I am a Class Member?
The statement said the Claims Administrator began sending “personalized notices” via email and mail, notifying eligible class members with instructions on how to file claims.
These notices will continue to be distributed until July 15, 2022, the statement said.
I think I am an eligible class member. How can I file a complaint?
If you haven’t received a personalized notice that you’re an eligible class member, but you think you should be included, you can still file a claim.
“Even those who do not receive an email notification are still allowed to file a complaint, and the administrator will determine if they are eligible,” the statement said.
Here’s how to file a complaint.
Is there a deadline for submitting a claim?
The deadline to submit a claim is September 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
When will I receive my payment?
According to the Claims Administrator, here is the timeline for what will happen next and when payments are expected to begin:
First, the Court has scheduled a “final fairness hearing for the settlement of this matter” on October 27, 2022 at 9 a.m.
At that time, the court will decide whether or not to approve the settlement. After that, calls may follow.
“It is still uncertain whether any appeals will be filed and, if so, how long it will take to resolve them,” the claims administrator said. “Settlement payments will be distributed as soon as possible, if and when the Court grants final approval of the settlement and after all appeals are resolved.”
How much money will each payment cost?
The settlement amounts have not yet been released.
According to the Claims Administrator, “If you submit an approved Claim and you have not submitted a valid and timely request to be excluded from the Settlement Class, you will receive a equal part of the net settlement fund.”
Is this part of Facebook’s recent Illinois class action settlement?
No, but it comes shortly after.
The pending lawsuit, filed by law firm DiCello Levitt Gutzler, follows a recent $650 million lawsuit in Illinois that affected nearly 1.5 million residents. This class action lawsuit only applied to Illinois residents, as it alleged that Facebook violated the state’s strict privacy law by collecting and storing biometric data — or physical characteristics — of users without their consent through features such as facial recognition technology.
Facebook users may recognize this feature as “Tag Suggestions” notifications.
The deadline to file for this class action lawsuit passed in 2020, and users began receiving checks for $397 in May.