This website contains information regarding a proposed class action settlement that has been preliminary approved by the Court in Matera v. Google, Inc., United States District Court Northern District of California, Case No. 15-CV-04062-LHK.
NATURE OF SETTLEMENT
A class action settlement has been reached with Google affecting people who have never had a Gmail account of their own, but have sent an email to a Gmail account (the "Settlement"). The Settlement requires Google to make business practice changes regarding the way it processes emails involving Gmail users. The Settlement does not provide money compensation to the class members. The plaintiffs’ lawyers will request that the Court award them reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses as compensation for their obtaining Google’s agreement to make changes to its business practices.
You are not required to take any action.
You are a Settlement Class Member if you are a natural person (that is, not a business or other legal entity) in the United States who has never had a Google Gmail account, but have sent an email to any person or entity which was not encrypted. For all Settlement Class Members, the Settlement resolves their claim under the federal Wiretap Act. For Settlement Class Members within the State of California, the Settlement also resolves their claim under California’s CIPA law. The Settlement Class and Subclass are defined as follows:
All natural persons in the United States who have never established a Gmail account with Google, and who sent unencrypted emails to individuals with Gmail accounts.
All natural persons in the State of California who have never established a Gmail account with Google, and who sent unencrypted emails to individuals with Gmail accounts.