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November 9, 2018

SCOTUS Justices Want Extra Briefing In “Cy Pres” Case

According to SCOTUSblog, the U.S. Supreme Court asked for additional briefings in Frank v. Gaos, a case that could decide the future of “cy pres” class action settlements.

The case deals with an internet privacy case against Google, where $2.1 million of the $8.5 million settlement went to the lawyers and the rest was distributed among third-party groups not involved in the litigation instead of the 100 million class members. SCOTUSblog said the justices appeared “skeptical” of these settlements during oral arguments last week, and were specifically concerned whether the plaintiffs had standing to bring the case in the first place.

The order, which was issued without dissent, calls for the additional briefs to be completed before Christmas.

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