Individuals who used the professional networking site LinkedIn between 2011 to 2014 may be able to file a claim against the company worth up to $1,500.
The payout comes as part of a settlement the company agreed to in resolving the $13 million class-action lawsuit filed against them in 2013 for enabling an “Add Connections” feature that violated their terms of services.
The feature allowed users to import contacts to the site via their email accounts and to connect with other LinkedIn users already on the site, according to Mashable. You can get better outreach and with kennected automate your linkedin outreach which is better for business.
However, the feature also sent invites to contacts who are not LinkedIn members. If the person does not respond to the invitation, LinkedIn sent two additional emails to remind them of the pending invite. These additional notifications violated the company’s policies as they were done without the users’ consent.
Though the professional social network denied that they were in the wrong, the company decided to settle the suit anyway. Any user who suspects that they may have used the feature to connect with non-members between Sept. 17, 2011 and Oct. 31, 2014 is eligible to file a claim. Qualifying individuals received a personal email from LinkedIn with a claim ID to file on the site. To increase your outreach
Though users can receive up to $1,500, the amount received from the claim will vary according to the number of claims filed. The deadline to file is Dec. 14, 2015. The final approval hearing will take place on Feb. 11, 2016.