Have you received Google Plus Notice of Class Action Settlement

Google Plus Class Action Settlement

Today many people across the globe has received an email from Google regarding some class action settlement against an ongoing litigation.

This litigation output corresponds to the Google operated Google+ social media platform for consumers from June 2011 to April 2019. In 2018, Google announced that the Google+ platform had experienced software bugs between 2015 and 2018, which allowed app developers to access certain Google+ profile field information in an unintended manner.

The Final Approval Hearing on the adequacy, reasonableness, and fairness of the Settlement will be held at 9:00 am on November 19, 2020 in San Jose Courthouse. Meanwhile Under the Settlement, Google will pay $7.5 million which will be used to fund

  1. Class Member Settlement payments
  2. attorneys’ fees not to exceed 25% of the Settlement Fund and costs and expenses not to exceed $200,000.00
  3. four service awards to the Class Representatives in an amount not to exceed $1,500 each for their services on behalf of the Settlement Class and for a general release of all claims they may have against Google
  4. administration fees and costs; and, if necessary
  5. cy pres distribution of any residual funds. No portion of the Settlement Fund can be returned to Google. 

If you are a Settlement Class Member and would like to receive a Settlement Payment, you must submit a Claim Form no later than October 8, 2020. Class Members who submit a Valid Claim may receive a pro-rata share of the Net Settlement Fund up to a cash payment of $12.00 depending on the number of claimants.  

Some additional conditions as on Google Plus Data Litigation web page are as follows:

  1. I was a user of the consumer Google+ service while a resident of the United States at some point during the period from January 1, 2015 to April 2, 2019;
  2. My Email address associated with my Google+ account was
  3.  
  4. Either I shared that information with another Google+ user through the Google+ service or I authorized an app to access my Google+ profile field information.
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