A Google settlement with consumers is getting a second look after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a lower court should review the $8.5 million settlement.
According to a report in Bloomberg, citing the 8-1 ruling Wednesday (March 20) the decision did not solve the issue of the permissibility of class action settlements in which compensation isn’t provided to people hurt by the actions. The court took up the Google privacy case to address that, the news outlet noted.
With consumer lawsuits targeted at technology companies becoming more common as personal data is used and misused, the ruling on standing is very important to the tech companies. In this case, Google was sued back in 2010 and agreed to pay the $8.5 million settlement. A quarter of that went to attorney fees with the rest going largely to six organizations and four universities, noted the report.
Its been a busy day for Google. In addition to the ruling on this case, the internet search giant was slapped with a $1.7 billion fine by the European Union for what the EU called anti-competitive actions pertaining to display ads. Google has been fined a total of three times by the EU since the nearly 10-year investigation was launched.