Erik Gruenwedel reports:
A number of Netflix subscribers have filed objections to a court decision on a privacy act complaining the proposed $9 million class-action settlement leaves little for those allegedly wronged.
A Northern California court in February found the Los Gatos, Calif.-based streaming pioneer violated provisions of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act that disallows video rental services from accessing subscriber information up to two years after cancelation.
About 50 subscribers reportedly have filed formal objections to the court complaining the settlement awards more than $2 million to lawyers involved in the case, about $30,000 to each of the initial six plaintiffs, and little to anyone else. The complaints say the lack of financial remuneration undermines the validity of the case and rendering it little more than a frivolous lawsuit benefitting lawyers.
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