In re Google Buzz User Privacy Litigation

Objections to Proposed Settlement


In consolidated consumer class actions regarding privacy law violations by the Google Buzz platform, class counsel reached a very rapid settlement without pursuing discovery or providing any benefit to the class members. The proposed settlement on behalf of the Class in this case has all the hallmarks of a self-dealing, collusive arrangement between class counsel and Defendant. Every known factor weighs against approval of the proposed settlement, specifically: (1) the case is only a few months old; (2) there has been, by class counsel’s admission, no discovery whatsoever; (3) the Class Members, while each of the tens of millions of them is entitled to up to $10,000 in statutory damages, will enjoy no monetary benefits of the settlement; (4) the entire settlement fund will be gifted to as-yet unnamed mystery cy pres recipients having something to do with the Internet industry; (5) there has been virtually no motion practice whatsoever, let alone dispositive motions; (6) the injunctive relief proposed is impossibly vague and illusory and includes things Defendant has already done; and (7) class counsel will receive a fee possibly exceeding $2,000,000 for a modicum of work and doing nothing that will benefit the Class.

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

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