A lawsuit filed by Little Rock lawyer Matt Campbell against Facebook over alleged privacy violations has been settled.
Campbell, author of the Blue Hog Report blog, was the lead named plaintiff in the class-action suit filed in 2013 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit claims that Facebook violated users' privacy by reading their private messages without their consent.
Facebook said it had ended the practice of sharing information in private messages to target advertising to Facebook users.
The settlement brings no monetary awards, covering only claims for injunctive and declaratory relief. As part of the settlement Campbell and Michael Hurley, the second named plaintiff, will receive $5,000 as class representatives.
Carney Bates & Pulliam represented Campbell and Hurley. Also representing the plaintiffs were Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP of San Francisco. Facebook has agreed not to take a position on the plaintiffs' attorneys' application for fees and costs of almost $3.9 million.