Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement. “U.S. Supreme Court justices, in an internet privacy case involving Google(GOOGL.O), disagreed on Wednesday over whether to rein in a form of settlement in class action lawsuits that awards money to charities and other third parties instead of to people affected by the alleged wrongdoing.”

Ars Technica: Google+ users, upset over data leak, sue Google

From Ars Technica, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise: Google+ users, upset over data leak, sue Google. “It was only a matter of time—the same day that Google announced it was shutting down Google+ in the wake of a data leak, two users filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, saying that their privacy had been violated.”

The Verge: Facebook faces class-action lawsuit over massive new hack

That was quick. From The Verge: Facebook faces class-action lawsuit over massive new hack. “Facebook is already facing immense fallout from revelations this morning that a hacker exploited a security flaw in a popular feature of the social network to steal account credentials of as many as 50 million users. The company is now facing a class-action complaint filed on behalf of one California resident, Carla Echavarria, and one Virginia resident, Derick Walker. Both allege that Facebook’s lack of proper security has exposed them and additional potential class members to a significantly increased chance of identity theft as a result of the breach.”

Ottawa Sun: Ottawa lawyers file proposed $80-million class-action lawsuit against Google

Ottawa Sun: Ottawa lawyers file proposed $80-million class-action lawsuit against Google. “Two Ottawa lawyers have filed a proposed $80-million class-action lawsuit, alleging that Google’s search engine allows Internet users to discover names that are supposed to be shielded by court-ordered publication bans.”

Bloomberg: Google Could Face $4.3 Billion Claim in U.K. IPhone Privacy Case

Bloomberg: Google Could Face $4.3 Billion Claim in U.K. IPhone Privacy Case. “IPhone users suing Google over data-collection claims may be seeking as much as 3.2 billion pounds ($4.29 billion), the search giant said in a court filing. The group representing iPhone users, known as Google You Owe Us, now includes 4.4 million people, according to documents filed with the court at a hearing Monday. The group says the Alphabet Inc. unit unlawfully collected people’s personal information by bypassing Apple Inc.’s iPhone default privacy settings.”

The Guardian: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face class action lawsuit

The Guardian: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face class action lawsuit. “British and US lawyers have launched a joint class action against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and two other companies for allegedly misusing the personal data of more than 71 million people. The lawsuit claims the firms obtained users’ private information from the social media network to develop ‘political propaganda campaigns’ in the UK and the US.”

BusinessWire: Hagens Berman Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against Six Major Hotel Chains for Antitrust Scheme (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Hagens Berman Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against Six Major Hotel Chains for Antitrust Scheme (PRESS RELEASE). “The lawsuit states that each hotel defendant agreed to refrain from using certain online advertising methods to compete for consumers. The agreement prevents competitors from bidding for online advertising that uses competitors’ brand names. For example, Hilton Hotel declined to bid on keywords that would allow its ads to appear in response to internet searches for Hyatt. This makes it more difficult for consumers to get information about competing hotels, and to compare and contrast competitive information, such as price and quality, between the two hotels.”

Ex-stream action: YouTube slays Zombie horde in AdSense battle (The Register)

The Register: Ex-stream action: YouTube slays Zombie horde in AdSense battle. “Google has had a class-action lawsuit in the US over last year’s changes to its AdSense advertising system thrown out of court. Judge Edward Chen of the California Northern District Court dismissed (PDF) with prejudice (meaning the case may not be re-filed) the complaint brought by Zombie Go Boom, a YouTube broadcaster that had accused Google and YouTube of unfair practices and breach of contract.”

Channel News: Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Defective Pixel Microphone

Channel News: Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Defective Pixel Microphone. “Google has found itself if in a class action lawsuit with two separate plaintiffs suing the search engine giant claiming they knew the Pixel and Pixel XL had speaker and microphone issues when they shipped the devices out. Patricia Weeks and Waleed Anbar have been named in the lawsuit as the plaintiffs with Gerard Gibbs as the attorney.”

TechCrunch: Google faces revised gender-pay lawsuit

TechCrunch: Google faces revised gender-pay lawsuit. “Google is facing a revised gender-pay class-action lawsuit that alleges Google underpaid women in comparison with their male counterparts and asked new hires about their prior salaries, The Guardian first reported. The revised lawsuit also adds a fourth complainant, Heidi Lamar, who was a teacher at Google’s Children Center in Palo Alto for four years.”

The Verge: Apple faces multiple lawsuits after admitting to slowing down iPhones as their batteries age

The Verge: Apple faces multiple lawsuits after admitting to slowing down iPhones as their batteries age. “iPhone owners aren’t happy with Apple, and they’re letting the company know with lawsuits. Five iPhone users filed a lawsuit in New York yesterday and are seeking class-action status over Apple intentionally slowing down their phones as the devices’ batteries aged. USA Today first reported the lawsuit, which follows others filed over the past week.”

Business Insider: A fourth class-action lawsuit against Google claims the company rips off publishers and their advertisers

Business Insider: A fourth class-action lawsuit against Google claims the company rips off publishers and their advertisers. “Google has again been sued in US federal court by a web publisher alleging that the search giant does not refund advertisers when it discovers they have spent money on “invalid” clicks, and instead wrongly retains the money for itself. The suit is at least the fourth in a string of suits against Alphabet’s Google search unit making similar allegations. One case won a ruling granting it class-action status in July of this year.”

Business Insider: Lawsuit based on a surreptitiously recorded phone call claims Google doesn’t refund advertisers who spend money on fraudulent clicks

Business Insider: Lawsuit based on a surreptitiously recorded phone call claims Google doesn’t refund advertisers who spend money on fraudulent clicks. “A web advertising company named AdTrader, whose staff surreptitiously recorded a phone conversation with a Google executive, claims in a class-action lawsuit that Google does not refund money to advertisers when it discovers that those advertisers have spent money on fraudulent or invalid clicks.”

BetaNews: Google faces class action lawsuit for gathering personal data from millions of iPhone users

BetaNews: Google faces class action lawsuit for gathering personal data from millions of iPhone users. “A group going by the name Google You Owe Us is taking Google to court in the UK, complaining that the company harvested personal data from 5.4 million iPhone users. The group is led by Richard Lloyd, director of consumer group Which?, and it alleges that Google bypassed privacy settings on iPhones between June 2011 and February 2012. The lawsuit seeks compensation for those affected by what is described as a ‘violation of trust.'”