AOL Footer case – Fairchild v. AOL objection to proposed settlement
Four plaintiffs represented by three law firms sued AOL for including advertising in the footers of emails and failing to make it sufficiently easy for members to opt out of the process. Before so much as a motion to dismiss was filed, they settled—for $320,000 for their attorneys, and nothing for the class they represented. (Per ¶¶ 23-24, AOL will give $110,000 to six charities that have nothing to do with email footer advertising; $35,000 of that amount was chosen by the four plaintiffs.)
Today, the Center for Class Action Fairness filed an objection on behalf of Objector Darren McKinney to the settlement.