Aug 272013
 August 27, 2013  Posted by  Business, Court, Online, Youth & Schools

Chelsea Allison reports:

In a long-awaited conclusion to Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” class action saga, a federal judge gave final approval to a $20 million settlement Monday but took an axe to the $7.5 million in fees requested by plaintiffs attorneys.

The settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg provides for each Facebook user who submitted a valid claim to receive $15, with remaining funds disbursed to 14 organizations focused on consumer protection, privacy and other issues raised in the suit. Facebook Inc. is also required to improve its disclosure practices, giving users more control over when and how their names and photos will be used. The company must also create special controls for minors.


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