Just When You Thought The Facebook Beacon Case Was Over …

By David Cohen 

Just when you thought the legal saga involving Facebook Beacon was over after more than three years of wrangling, Daily Online Examiner reported that the case could be headed to the Supreme Court.

The long-defunct Beacon initiative was introduced by the social network in 2007, and it monitored and shared users’ non-Facebook online activity, such as purchases from Overstock.com or rentals from Blockbuster.

A class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook by a group of users in March 2010, and this past February, it was revealed that the $9.5 million settlement that was reached would stand, despite objections from six judges on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, Daily Online Examiner reported Friday that a Facebook user represented by the Center for Class Action Fairness and law firm BakerHostetler asked the Supreme Court to examine the settlement.

The Center for Class Action Fairness wrote in its petition to the Supreme Court:

A $9.5 million class-action settlement that awards absentee class members no relief at all — no money, no guarantee that defendants will not injure them in the exact same manner, not even coupons — is not “fair, reasonable, and adequate” by any measure. Yet the Ninth Circuit upheld such a settlement of class members’ claims because class counsel and the lead defendant agreed to use $6.5 million to establish a new foundation, controlled by the defendant and class counsel, which also does nothing to combat defendants’ alleged conduct or redress class members’ alleged injuries.

Daily Online Examiner pointed out that the Supreme Court rejects the majority of petitions for review, so there is no guarantee that the Beacon case will proceed.

Readers: Should the Supreme Court review this case?

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