In re Google Buzz Privacy Litigation

Order Granting Final Approval Of Class Action Settlement; Approval Of Cy Pres Awards; And Awarding Attorney Fees

Court Awards Funds to EPIC in Google Buzz Case

A federal district court overseeing a class action case concerning Google Buzz has revised a proposed settlement agreement to ensure that EPIC receives part of the settlement fund. EPIC's complaint about Buzz to the Federal Trade Commission resulted in sweeping new privacy safeguards for Google users. But EPIC was excluded from a proposed agreement in which a Court had ordered distribution of settlement funds to organizations "who would reasonably benefit the class through established Internet privacy education and policy programs." Judge Ware held that "the Court does not find good cause to exclude EPIC from the list of recipients of the cy pres funds. EPIC has demonstrated that it is a well-established and respected organization within the field of internet privacy and that it has sufficiently outlined how the cy pres funding will be used to further the interests of the class."

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Published In: Civil Remedies Updates, Communications & Media Updates, Consumer Protection Updates, Privacy Updates

Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 9th Circuit, California | United States