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November 5, 2018

SCOTUS Justices Appear “Skeptical” of “Cy Pres” Settlements

According to an “argument analysis” from SCOTUSblog, it is “not hard to see” that U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared “skeptical” about full cy pres settlements during oral arguments in Frank v. Gaos.

The case is based on a $8.5 million settlement of an internet privacy case against Google, in which the lawyers received $2.1 million in fees and the rest of the money was distributed among third-party groups that were not involved in the litigation. The 100 million class members received nothing. According to the analysis, “the justices suggested perspectives ranging from deep skepticism to well-settled hostility” for these types of settlements.  

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