Google It: Supreme Court Tackles Class Action Settlement That Left Nothing For Millions Of Online Customers

USA Today cited CEI’s Senior Attorney Ted Frank’s Supreme Court case Frank v. Gaos.

Google users got nothing.

Enter Ted Frank, who directs the Center for Class Action Fairness at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market advocacy group. He objected to the settlement, as he has to numerous others. This time, he made it to the Supreme Court.

Frank’s beef is simple: The deal approved by federal district and circuit court judges benefited the lawyers and recipients, including programs at universities the lawyers attended. Google was not required to change its search function practices despite the privacy intrusion. And the 129 million-member class remained largely clueless.  

“This whole system is ripe for corruption,” Frank says. “The money belongs to class members.”

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