A challenge to the Ninth Circuit’s approval of the settlement in the Facebook Beacon class action lawsuit has failed. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals writes:
The question presented is whether the district court abused its discretion in approving the parties’ $9.5 million settlement agreement as “fair, reasonable, and adequate,” either because a Facebook employee sits on the board of the organization distributing cy pres funds or because the settlement amount was too low. We hold that it did not.
Read the opinion in Ginger McCall v. Facebook here. It sheds light on how the court views cy pres awards when there are a number of organizations that are relevant to the nexus of the complaint.
Wendy Davis of MediaPost covers the decision and reports that McCall is deciding whether to appeal.