I received the following email today about a settlement between LinkedIn and it’s users. It came across my phone this morning and I almost put it in the spam folder, thinking it was a spam email. I didn’t want to open it and it get a virus on my phone, you know? I opened it on a laptop computer and I actually read it. Then I googled it just in case it was fake! It turns out that it is a legit lawsuit.
Linked in had a service that when you signed up you could import your email contact list to send a note saying to connect with you. However, LinkedIn sent two more emails to your contacts if they didn’t respond, causing “spam mail”. In the terms of the original email contact list the user only agreed to one email being sent to their contacts, not a total of 3 if they didn’t get a response. Thus the lawsuit.
The lawsuit pays up to $1500 per claimant, but it probably wouldn’t get that much after everyone signs up and lawyer fees are paid. And if
I have a couple of problems with the lawsuit.
1. Spam emails are annoying, especially if I didn’t consent to them anyway. However, it is the original user that is getting the settlement, not the person who was spammed (even though I was added to people’s emails and did get spammed myself).
2. Who actually reads those agreements anyway? You are looking for a way to connect with other business professionals, not reading fine lines in user terms. I am willing to bet that it was a lawyer or another like-minded person (i.e. sue happy person) who filed the lawsuit.
3. Is it fair for a company to pay the person who consented to one email to get the money when they aren’t being spammed? I get spam emails ALL the time, do I need to expect payment for something that I can just hit one button and never see emails from that company again?
I’m not saying that the company should not be penalized. When you do wrong, you should be justly penalized for it. It should be noted that LinkedIn has not admitted wrong doing in this case and has since revised the terms of using the “Add Connections” feature.
I also read that the money will go to the lawyers regardless of whether or not people file claims. I am torn whether or not to file a claim. I think it’s a really stupid lawsuit but then I don’t think it’s a stupid lawsuit! I think the terms of the lawsuit are 100% agreeable because LinkedIn should not have sent the email out, but then again….REALLY?! Is it that big of a deal. Just stop sending them! $13 Million??!!!
How about that money ALL go to a charity and be done with it??!!! I think I am going to write a claim or denial for the money to all go to a charity, but I haven’t decided yet.
DID YOU RECEIVE THIS EMAIL? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? WRITE YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW!! :)
Read the full email lawsuit below: