Perkins v. LinkedIn

Welcome to the Official Website for the

Perkins v. LinkedIn Corporation

Class Action Settlement

Important Update

 On October 14, 2016, payments of $20.43 were issued to Class Members that submitted timely and valid Claim Forms.  The deadline for submitting claims for compensation under the Settlement has expired.

Original Notice

Click here to view the Website Notice

This website relates to a proposed settlement (“Settlement”) of a class action lawsuit (“Action”) against LinkedIn Corporation (“LinkedIn”) based on LinkedIn’s alleged improper use of a service called “Add Connections” to grow its member base. 

The Action challenges LinkedIn’s use of a service called Add Connections to grow its member base.  Add Connections allows LinkedIn members to import contacts from their external email accounts and email connection invitations to one or more of those contacts inviting them to connect on LinkedIn.  If a connection invitation is not accepted within a certain period of time, up to two “reminder emails” are sent reminding the recipient that the connection invitation is pending.  The Court found that members consented to importing their contacts and sending the connection invitation, but did not find that members consented to LinkedIn sending the two reminder emails.  The Plaintiffs contend that LinkedIn members did not consent to the use of their names and likenesses in those reminder emails.  LinkedIn denies these allegations and any and all wrongdoing or liability.  No court or other entity has made a judgment or other determination of any liability.

LinkedIn has revised disclosures, clarifying that up to two reminders are sent for each connection invitation so members can make fully-informed decisions before sending a connection invitation.  In addition, by the end of 2015, LinkedIn will implement new functionality allowing members to stop reminders from being sent by canceling the connection invitation.  LinkedIn has also agreed to pay $13 million into a fund that can be used, in part, to make payments to members of the Settlement Class who file approved claims.  Attorneys representing the Settlement Class will petition the Court for payment of the following from the fund: (1) reasonable attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs up to a maximum of $3,250,000, and (2) service awards for the Plaintiffs up to a maximum of $1,500 each.  The payment amount for members of the Settlement Class who file approved claims will be calculated on a pro rata basis, which means that it will depend on the total number of approved claims.  If the number of approved claims results in a payment amount of less than $10, LinkedIn will pay an additional amount up to $750,000 into the fund.  If the pro rata amount is so small that it cannot be distributed in a way that is economically feasible, payments will be made, instead, to Cy Pres Recipients selected by the Parties and approved by the Court.  No one knows in advance whether or in what amount payments will be made to claimants.  

Read the Website Notice for additional information about the Settlement.


Important Dates

Claim Filing Deadline: December 14, 2015

Objection Deadline: December 14, 2015

Opt-Out Deadline: December 14, 2015

Response to Notice of Deficiency Deadline: January 20, 2016

Final Approval Hearing: February 11, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.