“Faced with an $8.5 million internet privacy settlement between Google and up to 129 million customers who stood to receive as little as 4 cents each, several liberal justices said it made sense that lower courts divided the money among groups seeking to educate consumers and address solutions.
The more conservative justices, however, were hostile to plaintiffs and defendants devising their own settlements and leaving potential beneficiaries penniless.
“The attorneys get money, and a lot of it. The class members get no money whatsoever,” Associate Justice Samuel Alito said. “And money is given to organizations that they may or may not like and that may or may not ever do anything that is of even indirect benefit to them. How can such a system be regarded as a sensible system?””
The system is not broken, this is how it was designed.
Supreme Court divided over Google class-action deal that rewarded lawyers, nonprofits … but not customers
The Supreme Court appeared divided over class-action settlements that reward lawyers and outside groups rather than millions of class members.