About 1.6 Million Illinoisans to Receive Part of Facebook Lawsuit Settlement

About 1.6 Million Illinoisans to Receive Part of Facebook Lawsuit Settlement

CHICAGO (AP) – About 1.6 million Illinoisans with a Facebook page who joined a class-action lawsuit could get about $350 in the coming months as part of a settlement.

The checks are from a $650 million settlement that alleged the social media giant violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. One out of every five eligible Facebook users filed a claim before the Nov. 23 deadline.

Christopher Dore, partner at Edelson PC, said the turnout was high for a typical class action lawsuit.

“There were 1.6 million claims filed, which is really remarkable for a class-action,” he said. “Often in class actions, it’s in the single digits.”

The figures were released last week during a final approval hearing in California federal. The payouts could still get tangled up further in court.

If there are no appeals, we hope that checks would be distributed in the next two-or-so months after that, Dore said. If there are appeals, it becomes a little bit more unpredictable and, unfortunately, could extend out many more months after that.

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