Bleacher Report $4,800,000 Settlement for Privacy Violation Claims

Will Gendron
Editor in Chief
Published
June 18, 2024 12:04 PM
Updated
July 24, 2024
Bleacher Report $4,800,000 Settlement for Privacy Violation Claims
Settlement Open for Claims
Award:
Pro rata
Deadline:
August 23, 2024
SUBMIT CLAIM

Bleacher Report, Inc. has agreed to pay $4,800,000 to settle a class action lawsuit for allegedly disclosing personally identifiable information (PII) of account holders to Facebook via the Meta Pixel without consent in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). This settlement benefits individuals who held a Bleacher Report account between January 25, 2021, and May 21, 2024, and accessed videos on the BleacherReport.com website from the same browser where they accessed their Facebook account.

Who Benefits?: Individuals in the United States who held a Bleacher Report account between January 25, 2021, and May 21, 2024.

How much can I get?: Eligible individuals will receive a pro rata share of the $4,800,000 Settlement Fund.

Important Dates

  • Fairness Hearing: August 8, 2024
  • Deadline to File a Claim: August 23, 2024
  • Exclusion Deadline: July 9, 2024

Can I Claim an Award?

To be eligible for a cash payment, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Held a Bleacher Report account.
  2. Had an active Facebook account.
  3. Accessed or viewed a video on BleacherReport.com and not through the Bleacher Report app.
  4. Accessed or viewed a video on BleacherReport.com from the same browser where you accessed Facebook.

The Settlement Class includes all individuals in the United States who, between January 25, 2021, and May 21, 2024, held a Bleacher Report account. These individuals must have accessed or viewed a video on BleacherReport.com from the same browser where they accessed their Facebook account.

What Can I Claim?

Class members can claim a portion of the $4,800,000 Settlement Fund. The exact amount each class member will receive depends on the number of valid claims filed. Payments will be made in the form of a check unless the claim is submitted online and the claimant elects to receive payment via PayPal or Venmo.

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

Yes, claimants must provide proof that they held a Bleacher Report account, had an active Facebook account, accessed or viewed a video on BleacherReport.com, and did so from the same browser where they accessed Facebook.

How to Claim Your Award

To claim your award, you must complete and submit a Claim Form by August 23, 2024.

You may print and mail a paper Claim Form to the Settlement Administrator:

Bleacher Report VPPA Settlement

c/o Kroll Settlement Administration LLC

PO Box 5324

New York, NY 10150-5324

OR

You may submit an electronic Claim Form, which will be available starting on June 20, 2024.

Ensure that your Claim Form is completed accurately and submitted by the deadline. If you choose to receive payment via PayPal or Venmo, you must submit your Claim Form online.

$4,800,000 Settlement Fund

The total settlement amount is $4,800,000. This fund will be used to pay eligible class members, cover the costs of administering the settlement, inform people about the settlement, pay attorneys' fees, and provide an incentive award to the Class Representatives.

The exact amount each class member will receive depends on the number of valid claims filed. Each valid claim will receive a proportionate share of the Settlement Fund.

Why a Class Action Settlement?

This class action settlement resolves around alleged claims that Bleacher Report violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) by disclosing personally identifiable information (PII) to Facebook via the Meta Pixel without consent. The VPPA defines PII to include information that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific video materials or services from a video tape service provider.

The settlement also requires Bleacher Report to suspend the operation of the Meta Pixel on any pages on its website that include video content and have a URL that substantially identifies the video content viewed, unless and until the VPPA is amended, repealed, or otherwise invalidated, or without VPPA-compliant consent for the disclosure of the video content viewed to Facebook.

The settlement avoids the uncertainties and expenses associated with ongoing litigation. Both parties agreed to settle the case to provide compensation to class members sooner rather than after a potentially lengthy trial.

Notice Letter

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Status
Open for Claims
Category
Privacy
Settlement Amount
$4,800,000
Award
Pro rata
Is Proof Required?
Days Remaining to file Claim
30
Claim Deadline
August 23, 2024
Fairness Hearing
August 8, 2024
Final Approval Hearing
August 8, 2024
Case Number
2024-003537-CA-01
Case Title
Jabari Sellers, et al. v. Bleacher Report, Inc.
State
Court
Jurisdiction
Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Claims Administrator
Kroll Settlement Administration LLC P.O. Box 5324 New York, NY 10150-5324 (833) 522-5155
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