Class Action Spotlight (Week Ending May 6, 2022)

Financial Recovery Strategies keeps up to date on the latest in class action developments.  Here is a recap of some of the latest key developments.

Google to pay $100 million class-action settlement in Illinois biometric privacy lawsuit

Illinois residents who have appeared in a photograph on the Google Photos app within the last seven years may be eligible for a cut of a $100 million class-action privacy settlement reached by Google this month. The lawsuit alleges Google’s face grouping tool, which sorts faces in the Google Photos app by similarity, runs afoul of Illinois’ biometric privacy law. The law requires companies to get user consent for the use of such technologies. (Read full article)

Over 1.4M Illinois Facebook Users Could Receive Share of $650M Settlement Starting in May

More than 1.42 million Illinois residents who filed claims in the class-action biometric privacy settlement against Facebook may soon receive a share of $650 million. Checks ranging from $200 to $400 will be mailed out in May following the seven-year-long lawsuit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the settlement in full March 17, upholding its approval from February 2021. The lawsuit alleged that Facebook broke the state’s strict privacy law by collecting and storing biometric data of users without their consent through features including facial recognition technology. (Read full article)

Judge OKs $61 million in refunds for customers in SC nuclear debacle

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC/AP) – A South Carolina judge approved a second round of refunds for customers of a utility that poured billions of dollars into two nuclear power plants that never produced a watt of power. About $61 million is being set aside for Dominion Energy South Carolina after the utility sold several properties as part of the settlement of a class-action lawsuit. (Read full article)

Netflix Targeted With Shareholder Lawsuit Alleging Securities Fraud After Subscriber Miss

Netflix misled investors about declining subscriber growth over the course of six months — leading to a massive drop in its stock price, according to a shareholder lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal district court in San Francisco, alleges Netflix violated U.S. securities laws by making “materially false and/or misleading statements” and also because it “failed to disclose material adverse facts about the company’s business, operations and prospects.” (Read full article)

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