Today when I open my real mailbox, I almost throw away the notice regarding the proposed settlement with ValueClick, Inc., Commission Junction, Inc. and Be Free.
At first thought, I guess that the wanted to sue me for putting advertisements on my blogs without making sufficient disclosures.
Notice Regarding: Settlement Recovery Center et al. v. ValueClick, Inc. et al., No. 2:07- cv-02638-FMC-CTx
If you joined or were a member of the affiliate marketing networks operated by ValueClick, Inc., Commission Junction, Inc. and/or Be Free (collectively, “Defendants”), between April 20, 2003 and the present, you may be a class member in Settlement Recovery Center et al. v. ValueClick, Inc. et al., a lawsuit in the Central District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Defendants inadequately monitored Commission Junction’s (“CJ”) Network and failed to make sufficient disclosures to members about software designed to steal or divert publisher commissions and commission theft or “hijacking” by third parties on CJ’s Network. If you are a member of the class, you may have valuable legal rights that will be affected by whether you act or do not act. You should review the Settlement Notice as soon as possible as there are important deadlines that you must meet to take certain actions in connection with this proposed settlement. The deadline for filing an objection or excluding yourself from the proposed settlement is September 30, 2008; if you do not exclude yourself from the class, you will be bound by the settlement’s terms. For further information and a copy of the Settlement Notice, visit http://www.CJSettlement.com.
Since I still do not understand the short notice is all about, I went to the website stated. After reading the FAQ section that I found out two current and former members of the Commission Junction (“CJ”) Network had filed a lawsuit against CJ. CJ have agreed to pay $1,000,000 into a Common Fund. After deducting all expenses, the balance of the Common Fund shall be allocated 70% to the Publishers and 30% to the Advertisers.
I’m not sure I will be getting any compensation from the Publisher Fund as I did not recall getting a cheque from CJ. My 1st account got banned because of click fraud. I forget/can’t access my 2nd CJ login!
The Court will hold a public hearing at the United States District Court on January 5, 2009, at 10 a.m.