Lawyers for Facebook Inc. users who negotiated a $20 million settlement with the social network company over claims that it used subscribers’ names without their permission are seeking $7.7 million in fees.
California attorneys Robert Arns and Jonathan Jaffe, who represented five Facebook users suing over the free service’s practice of using subscribers’ names without their permission to advertise products in its “Sponsored Stories,” said the fee was fair given relief provided in the settlement and the risks they undertook to achieve it, according to a court filing.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg gave preliminary approval to the settlement. He refused to approve an earlier settlement that included no money for users and $10 million in fees for the attorneys.
The case is Fraley v. Facebook Inc., 11-cv-01726, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).