If you're lucky (or unlucky, depending on your perspective), you recently received an email notifying you that your photo had been used in a "Sponsored Story" on Facebook, asking you if you want to take part in a class action lawsuit. If you choose to do so, and all goes as planned, you could receive up to $10.
According to the email, Facebook used some users' names and faces to advertise for products without asking for permission. As part of a preliminary settlement to the lawsuit (that has Facebook admitting no wrongdoing), anyone who was used without consent can join a a class action lawsuit to get that big, two-figure sum.
Money? And all I have to do is fill out a form? Why not?
Here's why not: the email is completely in legalese and makes the entire process daunting and confusing. But fear not the weird language of lawyers! We'll walk you through the process of filing your claim in nine simple steps. You'll be getting that $10 (or less) in no time.
- See if you got the email. Odds are, you either deleted it or disregarded it because it has a super weird subject, if you've received it. The letter was titled "Re: LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION," so search your inbox and trash and see if you can find the email in there. Here's what the email looks like:
- Scroll down to the bottom of the email. See where it says "More information"? Click on the website www.fraleyfacebooksettlement.com that is listed there.
- This website will basically give you the same information as the original email did. Click on the Claim Form tab at the top of the page.
- Click on the link that says "Click here to file a Claim Form online."
- You will then be asked to fill out your contact information, which will be used "to contact you, if necessary, about your claim."
- The next page asks you to fill out your Facebook information, like your email address, the name on your account, and your user ID. You will also be asked to provide your Class Member Number, which is buried toward the bottom of that original email. (Sorry.)
- You will then get to a page that asks for your banking information so that the money will go directly to your account. You can opt to get your payment electronically via ACH (Automated Clearing House) or in the form of a paper check.
- The next page explains exactly what the suit is claiming and asks you to check off that you understand and agree with the lawsuit, so read it! Make sure you agree with the assertions, and then click forward.
- Finally, you can review your information and submit your claim. The end! Now all you have to do is wait patiently, which may be the hardest part.