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Daily Dashboard | SCOTUS divided over cy pres settlements in privacy cases Related reading: Martin Abrams: A look back at a career in information privacy and consumer policy




Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court were divided on the fairness of cy pres settlements in privacy cases, Reuters reports. The case in question involved an $8.5 million settlement reached by Google in a case where it was accused of privacy law violations. The total was to be divided between class-action attorneys and charities the tech company chose. Conservative justices argued too much of the settlement money goes to attorneys. Justice Samuel Alito said the money could end up with groups plaintiffs may not like. Liberal justices believe payments to the charities would be beneficial to plaintiffs as any direct payment to all the Google members eligible to receive one would be minimal.
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