If you use LinkedIn and used their “Add Connections” between September 17, 2011 and October 31, 2014, you could be eligible to claim up to $1500USD from the social network for professionals. In 2013, a class-action lawsuit was filed by a LinkedIn user who was angry that the company was spamming his email contact list asking them if they wanted to join his professional network on LinkedIn – an email most people have undoubtedly seen at least once.
The problem was with the way LinkedIn handled the requests. The company didn’t send just one email, if the email contact didn’t sign up after the first one it sent two more requests. It is these additional requests that put the company up against new anti-SPAM legislation.
“Linkedln intentionally and knowingly created and developed this deceptive advertising scheme to improperly use the names, photographs, likenesses, and identities of plaintiffs for the purpose of generating substantial profits.”
While LinkedIn admits to no wrongdoing, it has altered its Add Connections service and users will be notified that using it will result in their contacts receiving multiple emails asking them to connect on the service. As a result, the company has also set aside $13 million in payouts, up to a maximum of $1500 per person. Payouts are not limited to U.S. residents either, anyone who used the Add Connections feature between September 17, 2011, and October 31, 2014 is eligible to receive a payout. If the number of claimants reaches the point where the payout is less than $10 per person, LinkedIn will add another $750,000 to the settlement.
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