I just received the email below about a class action lawsuit that I knew nothing about and looking at the issue could care less.  It is interesting that the attorneys got $2.25 million, the six original plantiffs will split $30 thousand (by the way who all filed suits with in 30 days Feb 22, 2011 to Mar 22, 2011), and the remaining amount to go to some nebulous programs, institiutions and non-profits.  On top of that, the filling attoneys get to pick the administrator of the $6.75 million and the administrator gets paid out of that amount.

Pretty sweet deal for the litigating attorneys and the administrator, who ever that might be.  No wonder there are so many class action lawsuits clogging up the courts, costing everybody money and increasing the cost to the consumer.  You know that the defendents in these type of cases are going to take steps to recoup their loss.  Right or wrong, the consumer is still going to pay.

If You Are a Current or Former Netflix Subscriber A Class Action Settlement Could Affect You

Para una notificación en Español, llamar 1-866-898-5088 o visitar www.VideoPrivacyClass.com

Our records show that you were a current or former Netflix subscriber as of July 5, 2012. We are emailing to tell you about a Settlement that may affect your legal rights. Please read this email carefully. Go to www.VideoPrivacyClass.com for more information.

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claims Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed. Netflix denies that it has done anything wrong.

What does the Settlement provide?

Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates (known as “decoupling”) Entertainment Content Viewing History (that is, movies and TV shows that someone watched) from identification information for those subscribers who have not been a Netflix subscriber for at least 365 days, with some exceptions.

In addition, Netflix will pay $9 million into a Settlement Fund to: • Make donations to Court-approved not-for-profit organizations, institutions, or programs. • Pay notice and settlement administration expenses. • Pay attorneys’ fees of up to 25% or $2.25 million of the Settlement Fund, plus up to $25,000 in expenses. • Pay a total incentive award of $30,000 to the Named Plaintiffs.

Proposals from potential donation recipients will be sought, and, after consideration, recommendations will be made to the Court. A list of the proposed donation recipients will be  posted on the website.

The email went further to say that if you wanted to challenge the settlement, you can write the court, have papers served on the plantiff attorneys and attend the fairness hearing in California.  Sure, I’m going to spend money to do this.

It just irritates me to no end that there is so much of this type of litigation out in the courts and a lot of it is petty, but the attorneys handling the class action lawsuits are going to push like hell so they can make their millions, regardless of the impacts on others.

No wonder a lot of people have such a low opinion of the legal profession.

WB

 

 

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