United States District Court for the Northern District of California Case No. 5:10-cv-4809-EJD
UPDATE January 26, 2024: Distribution of Settlement payments began today. Approved claimants who selected to receive their payment electronically will receive an email or text message from one of the following: PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, the recipient bank, or [email protected] (for virtual Mastercard payments).
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Based on the data the parties currently have, each claimant is estimated to receive approximately $7.16 if they file an Approved Claim.
This estimate is subject to change as additional data is received. Please continue to check this website for the most recent updates to the estimate.
This website relates to a proposed settlement (the “Settlement”) of consolidated class action lawsuits (the “Lawsuit”) filed against Google Inc. relating to the inclusion of Google search queries in referrer headers (also called “referer headers”) or during the provision of certain Google services. You are included in this Settlement as a Settlement Class Member if you used Google Search and clicked on a Search link at any time on or between October 25, 2006 and September 30, 2013.
The Settlement would resolve the legal claims in the Lawsuit against Google. Google denies all these claims and the Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Google. Under the Settlement, Google will pay $23 million to make payments to settlement class members who file claims, payments to class representatives, attorneys’ fees, litigation costs, and settlement administration costs related to the Settlement. Google will also revise its “FAQs” and “Key Terms” webpages regarding how and when search queries may be disclosed to third parties via referrer headers.
This website summarizes the proposed settlement. For the precise terms of the settlement, please see the settlement agreement on the documents page of this website. Please check this website for Settlement updates.
This website explains important legal rights you may have. Your legal rights will be affected regardless of whether you do or do not act.
The following rights and options - and the deadlines to exercise them - are explained on this website.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
FILE A CLAIM BY JULY 31, 2023
This is the only way to get a payment under the Settlement.
Get no payment under the Settlement and give up your right to compensation for the claims and allegations in this case.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF BY JULY 31, 2023
Get no payment under the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against Google about the claims and allegations in this case.
OBJECT BY JULY 31, 2023
Write to the Court about why you think the Settlement should not be approved. You may also ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.
The Court in charge of this Lawsuit has preliminarily approved the Settlement and will hold a hearing to make a final decision whether to approve it. The relief provided to Class Members will be provided only if the Court gives final approval to the Settlement and, if there are any appeals, after the appeals are resolved in favor of the Settlement.