Perkins v. LinkedIn Corporation

Case # 13-cv-04303
Case Name Perkins v. LinkedIn Corporation
Jurisdiction US District Court for N.D. CA
Summary

Plaintiffs allege, that as part of an aggressive marketing strategy, LinkedIn harvested contact information from members' email accounts.  LinkedIn then used this contact information to spam the harvested contacts with marketing information.  These emails were sent without the knowledge or consent of the LinkedIn members.

Final Approval Date 02/16/2016
Result
  1. Final Approval granted.
  2. All objections were overruled.
  3. Numerous serial objectors appealed the Final Approval.
  4. All appeals were voluntarily dismissed on August 11, 2016 (docketed in the District Court on August 16, 2016).
Dismissal of Last Appeal 08/16/2016
Attachments Docket Report.pdf
Third Amended Class Action Complaint.pdf
Preliminary Approval Order.pdf
Final Approval Order.pdf
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Objection of Mary Means

Objectors Mary Means
Signers Mary Means
Frederic R. Fletcher
Attorneys Frederic R. Fletcher
Summary
  1. Settlement does not compensate class members for the statutorily allowable amount.
  2. Claim form contains unclear language regarding perjury.
  3. Release is overbroad.
  4. Injunctive relief is illusory.
  5. Cy pres provisions are improper.
  6. Claims website is not properly secured.
  7. Attorneys' fees are excessive.
  8. Notice failed to notify class of the class claims.
  9. Settlement website did not have a link to the motion for preliminary settlement approval.
Attachments Objection of Mary Means.pdf
Appeal of Objector Means.pdf
Dismissal of Means Appeal.pdf
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Objection of Daniel Brown, Jenny Hill

Objectors Daniel Brown
Jenny Hill
Signers Alan J. Sherwood
Attorneys Alan J. Sherwood
N. Albert Bacharach, Jr.
Summary
  1. Notice does not disclose the size of the class.
  2. Notice does not disclose the statutorily allowable claim for these violations.
  3. Notice does not allow class members to estimate their pro rata share of the settlement.
  4. Settlement is release-driven, rather than damages-driven.
  5. Attorneys' fees are excessive.

NOTE:  N. Albert Bacharach, Jr. filed his appearance on the appeal.

Attachments Objection of Dan Brown and Jenny Hill.pdf
Appeal of Objectors Brown and Hill.pdf
Bacharach Appearance for Objector-Appellant Brown.pdf
Dismissal of Brown and Hill Appeal.pdf
Brown and Hill Appeal Docket.pdf
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Objection of Hannah Tanner

Objectors Hannah Tanner
Signers Steven F. Helfand
Attorneys Steven F. Helfand
Summary
  1. Claims process is unnecessarily burdensome.
  2. Cy pres recipients are political in nature and should not have been chosen.
Attachments Objection of Hannah Tanner.pdf
Appeal of Objectors House and Tanner.pdf
Dismissal of House and Tanner Appeal.pdf
House and Tanner Appeal Docket.pdf
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Objection of Susan House

Objectors Susan House
Signers Joseph Darrell Palmer
Attorneys Joseph Darrell Palmer
Christopher A. Bandas
Robert W. Clore
Summary
  1. Notice and claim form are unnecessarily abstruse.
  2. Relief available to class members is unclear.
  3. Cy pres beneficiaries are political organizations.
  4. Attorneys' fees are excessive.

NOTE:  Christopher Bandas and Robert W. Clore filed their appearances on the appeal.

NOTE:  During the proceedings, Attorney Palmer was suspended from practicing law in the Ninth Circuit for 90 days, due to a suspension from the State Bar of California.  This suspension stemmed from making false statements in sworn testimony in class action cases.  His co-counsels handled his duties at that time.

Attachments Objection of Susan House.pdf
Appeal of Objectors House and Tanner.pdf
Bandas Appearance for Objector-Appellant House.pdf
Clore Appearance for Objector-Appellant House.pdf
Order Suspending Joseph Darrell Palmer.pdf
Notice of Suspension of Joseph Darrell Palmer.pdf
Dismissal of House and Tanner Appeal.pdf
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Objection of Olen York

Objectors Olen York
Signers Olen York
Attorneys George W. Cochran
Summary
  1. Relief available to class members is inadequate.
  2. Injunctive relief is inadequate.
  3. Attorneys' fees are excessive.

NOTE:  George W. Cochran filed his appearance on the appeal.

Attachments Objection of Olen York.pdf
Appeal of Objector York.pdf
Cochran Appearance for Objector-Appellant York.pdf
Dismissal of York Appeal.pdf
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Objection of Gary W. Gill

Objectors Gary W. Gill
Signers Gary W. Gill
Attorneys
Summary
  1. Settlement is frivolous.
Attachments Objection of Gary W. Gill.pdf
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