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
- Class Member Settlement payments
- attorneys’ fees not to exceed 25% of the Settlement Fund and costs and expenses not to exceed $200,000.00
- 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
- administration fees and costs; and, if necessary
- 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:
- 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;
- My Email address associated with my Google+ account was
- 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.