US Supreme Court Set to Hear Class Action Settlement Case of Google

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The Supreme Court of the United States of America has agreed to evaluate the settlement of a class action lawsuit that involves Google, where the settlement agreement mostly directed money to organizations instead of the users of the search engine.

On Monday, the court agreed to take the said case. The lawsuit involves the users of  Google who sued the company saying that Google violated their rights to privacy by disclosing to various websites the search terms that the users entered in order to get their websites.

Google has agreed to a settlement amounting to $8.5 million. Attorneys were awarded approximately $2 million. It is said that the majority of the remaining money was allotted to the six groups that agreed to utilise the money to promote privacy protection on the internet. The said groups included Carnegie Mellon University, AARP, and centres that are associated with the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stanford, and Harvard.

The opponents of the deal were led by Ted Frank, the director of litigation for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank that is based in Washington. They said that the deal violated the procedural rules in U.S. law that requires that settlements should be fair, reasonable and adequate.

The settlement was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals of. the United States of America