Supreme Court Divided Over Google Class-Action Deal That Rewarded Lawyers, Nonprofits … But Not Customers

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

Ted Frank, who directs the Center for Class Action Fairness at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, contended in challenging the settlement that attorneys were overpaid, favored recipients were chosen improperly and Google was not required to change its business practice.

Google argued in court papers that an effort to identify and compensate even a significant proportion of class members would consume the settlement fund. It said the six recipients – AARP, World Privacy Forum and programs at Harvard, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Chicago-Kent College of Law – submitted proposals closely aligned with the plaintiffs’ claims.

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