Court will approve $5.3 million class settlement in data breach case
December 14, 2017 – Federal district court judge Jon S. Tigar indicated from the bench today that he will grant final approval to the $5.3 million settlement made on behalf of 13 named plaintiffs in their long-running breach of privacy case against eight mobile application developers and Apple, Inc. The settling app developers – Foodspotting, Foursquare, Gowalla, Instagram, Kik, Path, Twitter, and Yelp – have already deposited $5.3 million earmarked, net of costs and fees, to pay the approximately 60,000 class members making claims. Partner David Given, who led the firm’s effort on behalf of the class, cited plaintiffs’ success in this complex and evolving area of the law in support of the settlement. "The case resulted in four reported decisions,” Mr. Given said, “clarifying consumers’ rights and establishing a basis for class certification of personal device users for data privacy breaches by app developers and device manufacturers.” An order and final judgment (there were no objectors to the settlement) is expected soon.