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A US appeals court has refused to add to Facebook's $9.5m settlement sea in a class action suit brought over the network's creepy adware service Beacon. The now-defunct Beacon watched Facebookers as they shopped on affiliate websites and then displayed their purchases on their profile pages. Unfortunately, the social network …


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  1. Da Weezil

    "Justice"... gotta love the way that the legal system stands up for the little guy and makes sure that companies compensate those directly affected when they do wrong.

    1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

      No No, you are confusing "Justice" and "Law", they have nothing to do with each other.

  2. Brian Miller 1

    Sick the lawyers on em

    What we will have now is the plaintiffs sueing their own lawyers, with a whole new bunch of lawyers.

    Thus the cycle continues.

    1. nematoad Silver badge

      Re: Sick the lawyers on em


      Should be "Sic the lawyers on em"

      Lawyers do make me feel sick though.

      1. Tom 11

        Re: [sic]Sick the lawyers on em

        You mean Re: [sic]Sick the lawyers on em?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Facebook ... All the law you can buy.

  4. Mystic Megabyte


    The judges purchase history of bondage gear and lube was retained by FB. Allegedly :)

  5. dssf


    2 idiot judges outvote one sensible one? How the hell is $9,500,000 substantial punishment in the face of facebook's coffers?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Substantial"

      They worked out what their stock was actually worth and awarded 99% of that value.

  6. fajensen Silver badge

    Theft is the more effective business model

    The lawyers have just adopted the latest innovations from the modern economy: Socialised losses, Privatised profits, The legal system represents Profit, consequently blatant Looting, Fraud and Theft becomes without risk nor consequence (except meiningless numbers in off-shore accounts).

    Gresham's law is the only law left!

  7. Gil Grissum


    This deal was "substantial" for who?? Facebook and the Lawyers representing the plaintiffs. THAT is who this deal was substantial for. This didn't do not one "SUBSTANTIAL" thing for the plaintiffs. It made some lawyers richer though, and it appears that those lawyers didn't consult with their clients before accepting the deal, which in and of itself, is illegal, isn't it? Since when do lawyers have final say on what they CLIENTS WANT, as plaintiffs in a case? Lawyers.... HUMPH!!!

  8. banjomike

    People 0, American Legal System 1

    Oh what a great shock!

    1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

      Re: People 0, American Legal System 1

      The American Legal System, the best legal system you can buy.

  9. Dazed and Confused

    The other 2 judges

    pointed out the real role of the legal system is to make lawyers rich.

    Punters are just there to be shafted.

  10. Velv

    So perhaps the plaintiffs should have been awarded a nominal sum for their inconvenience. Maybe say, the value of the goods exposed on their account.

  11. Dave 15 Silver badge


    Quite surprising that the judges didn't award apple a few million in damages against the plaintiffs - after all someone here must have been infringing an apple patent somewhere

  12. elderlybloke

    The Law is for the Benefit of


    Fuck the offended,ripped off,robbed,injured,mangled ,disfigured,left broke and/or broken.

    God Bless America.

    PS. Thank God I don't live there.

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