Advertising Law -- July 6, 2012


In This Issue:

Facebook to Pay $20M for Settlement to Charities, Attorneys – Not Plaintiffs; Federal Judge Rejects FTC Settlement – Again; What’s in a (Domain) Name? 1,930 Applicants Believe A Lot; Agencies Focus on Privacy of Mobile Apps; and Consumer Group: Nestlé’s Girl Scouts Deal Violates Pledge.

Excerpt from Facebook to Pay $20M for Settlement to Charities, Attorneys – Not Plaintiffs

In the social networking site’s latest legal news, Facebook has agreed to pay more than $20 million to settle a class action lawsuit over its “Sponsored Stories” ad feature.

The suit, filed last year, alleged that using a plaintiff’s name and image to share their “likes” with friends was a violation of their publicity rights under California law because the site failed to provide users with compensation or the ability to opt out. After U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh declined to dismiss the suit, the parties reached a settlement totaling over $20 million.

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