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Any other current or former Netflix subscribers get this email?

mytime
08-01-2012, 04:21 PM
Got this in my inbox today.
If You Are a Current or Former Netflix Subscriber
A Class Action Settlement Could Affect You

Para una notificación en Español, llamar 1-866-898-5088 o visitar www.VideoPrivacyClass.com

Our records show that you were a current or former Netflix subscriber as of July 5, 2012. We are emailing to tell you about a Settlement that may affect your legal rights. Please read this email carefully. Go to www.VideoPrivacyClass.com for more information.

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claims Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed. Netflix denies that it has done anything wrong.

What does the Settlement provide?

Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates (known as “decoupling”) Entertainment Content Viewing History (that is, movies and TV shows that someone watched) from identification information for those subscribers who have not been a Netflix subscriber for at least 365 days, with some exceptions.

In addition, Netflix will pay $9 million into a Settlement Fund to:
• Make donations to Court-approved not-for-profit organizations, institutions, or programs.
• Pay notice and settlement administration expenses.
• Pay attorneys’ fees of up to 25% or $2.25 million of the Settlement Fund, plus up to $25,000 in expenses.
• Pay a total incentive award of $30,000 to the Named Plaintiffs.

Proposals from potential donation recipients will be sought, and, after consideration, recommendations will be made to the Court. A list of the proposed donation recipients will be posted on the website.

Your Options

If you do nothing, you will remain in the Settlement and your rights will be affected. If you do not want to be included, you must exclude yourself by November 14, 2012. If you exclude yourself you will keep your right to sue Netflix about the claims in this lawsuit. If you remain in the Settlement, you can object to it by November 14, 2012.

The Court will hold a hearing on December 5, 2012 to consider any objections, whether to approve the Settlement, award attorneys’ fees, and incentive award. You can appear at the hearing, but you don’t have to. You can hire your own attorney, at your own expense, to appear or speak for you at the hearing.

For more information: 1-866-898-5088 www.VideoPrivacyClass.com
PO Box 2750 Faribault, MN 55021-9750

This email and any attachments thereto may contain private, confidential, and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, copying, or distribution of this email (or any attachments thereto) by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete the original and any copies of this email and any attachments thereto.
Any truth to this ? Looks like spam to me.

Malanthius
08-01-2012, 04:41 PM
Got this in my inbox today.
If You Are a Current or Former Netflix Subscriber
A Class Action Settlement Could Affect You

Para una notificación en Español, llamar 1-866-898-5088 o visitar www.VideoPrivacyClass.com

Our records show that you were a current or former Netflix subscriber as of July 5, 2012. We are emailing to tell you about a Settlement that may affect your legal rights. Please read this email carefully. Go to www.VideoPrivacyClass.com for more information.

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claims Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed. Netflix denies that it has done anything wrong.

What does the Settlement provide?

Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates (known as “decoupling”) Entertainment Content Viewing History (that is, movies and TV shows that someone watched) from identification information for those subscribers who have not been a Netflix subscriber for at least 365 days, with some exceptions.

In addition, Netflix will pay $9 million into a Settlement Fund to:
• Make donations to Court-approved not-for-profit organizations, institutions, or programs.
• Pay notice and settlement administration expenses.
• Pay attorneys’ fees of up to 25% or $2.25 million of the Settlement Fund, plus up to $25,000 in expenses.
• Pay a total incentive award of $30,000 to the Named Plaintiffs.

Proposals from potential donation recipients will be sought, and, after consideration, recommendations will be made to the Court. A list of the proposed donation recipients will be posted on the website.

Your Options

If you do nothing, you will remain in the Settlement and your rights will be affected. If you do not want to be included, you must exclude yourself by November 14, 2012. If you exclude yourself you will keep your right to sue Netflix about the claims in this lawsuit. If you remain in the Settlement, you can object to it by November 14, 2012.

The Court will hold a hearing on December 5, 2012 to consider any objections, whether to approve the Settlement, award attorneys’ fees, and incentive award. You can appear at the hearing, but you don’t have to. You can hire your own attorney, at your own expense, to appear or speak for you at the hearing.

For more information: 1-866-898-5088 www.VideoPrivacyClass.com
PO Box 2750 Faribault, MN 55021-9750

This email and any attachments thereto may contain private, confidential, and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, copying, or distribution of this email (or any attachments thereto) by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete the original and any copies of this email and any attachments thereto.
Any truth to this ? Looks like spam to me.

SPAM. I got one like that a month or so ago. Almost same wording except they were suing apple or someone else. Can't remember. Sent to Trash. :busy:

bruceames
08-01-2012, 04:53 PM
I haven't got that email, but it looks like spam to me. My rule of thumb for spam is: any doubt, it's spam.

mytime
08-01-2012, 05:05 PM
Thought as much. Figured if there was a CL lawsuit against NF someone here would have reported it.

TowerGrove
08-01-2012, 07:40 PM
Yes I have received one of these emails as others have. Not spam as some here are suggesting...

From todays Techcrunch:

Rental History: Netflix Settlement Leads To Changes In Privacy Policy, But Who Benefits?


http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/31/rental-history-netflix-settlement-leads-to-changes-in-privacy-policy-but-who-benefits/

Wal Street Journal Market Watch article:

Current and Former Netflix Subscribers Could Be Affected by A Class Action Settlement

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/current-and-former-netflix-subscribers-could-be-affected-by-a-class-action-settlement-2012-08-01


Local new video:

Netflix Settling With Subscribers In Video Privacy Protection Case

http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/238741/57/Netflix-Check-Your-Email-For-Settlement-Info?odyssey=tab|topnews|bc|large

Home Media Magazine:

NorCal Court Approves $9 Million Netflix Settlement
A Northern California District Court has given preliminary approval of a $9 million legal settlement with Netflix, first disclosed in February.

In addition to the fine, Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates subscribers’ viewing history from identification information for those subs who have not been a Netflix for at least 365 days, with some exceptions, according to the civil case’s plaintiff lawyers.

Current or former Netflix subscribers as of July 5 who live in the U.S. or its territories are included in the settlement.

On top of paying $2.25 million in legal fees and $25,000 in legal expenses, the $9 million will be put into a settlement fund, from which court-approved donations will be made to not-for-profit organizations, institutions, or programs that educate users, regulators, and enterprises regarding issues relating to protection of consumer privacy, identity, and personal information through user control, pay notice and settlement administration expenses.

The class-action case was filed in 2011 by the law firms of Edelson McGuire LLC and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

The fund will also award $30,000 to each of the six lead plaintiffs who alleged Netflix violated provisions of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act that disallows video rental services from accessing subscriber information up to two years after cancelation.

For more information about the lawsuit, settlement, and other relevant information, visit www.VideoPrivacyClass.com or call 866-898-5088.

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/netflix/norcal-court-approves-9-million-netflix-settlement-27958

Malanthius
08-01-2012, 08:14 PM
Yes I have received one of these emails as others have. Not spam as some here are suggesting...

From todays Techcrunch:

Rental History: Netflix Settlement Leads To Changes In Privacy Policy, But Who Benefits?


http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/31/rental-history-netflix-settlement-leads-to-changes-in-privacy-policy-but-who-benefits/

Wal Street Journal Market Watch article:

Current and Former Netflix Subscribers Could Be Affected by A Class Action Settlement

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/current-and-former-netflix-subscribers-could-be-affected-by-a-class-action-settlement-2012-08-01


Local new video:

Netflix Settling With Subscribers In Video Privacy Protection Case

http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/238741/57/Netflix-Check-Your-Email-For-Settlement-Info?odyssey=tab|topnews|bc|large

Home Media Magazine:

NorCal Court Approves $9 Million Netflix Settlement


http://www.homemediamagazine.com/netflix/norcal-court-approves-9-million-netflix-settlement-27958

Sorry but that doesn't prove the email isn't spam. People can try to take advantage of others during real situations. I'd be very cautious. Do a search before responding. Like I said. I had one of those a month or so ago but I don't think it was about Netflix.

TowerGrove
08-01-2012, 08:18 PM
Sorry but that doesn't prove the email isn't spam. People can try to take advantage of others during real situations. I'd be very cautious. Do a search before responding. Like I said. I had one of those a month or so ago but I don't think it was about Netflix.

Very true must be cautious in this day and age with all the scammers.

mytime
08-01-2012, 08:22 PM
The email is deleted. My spam filter is apparently crap. LOL

Malanthius
08-01-2012, 08:32 PM
Very true must be cautious in this day and age with all the scammers.

Yeah it's sad. Sickens me to think about the scum that scammed people during Katrina. Or when these scum try to take advantage of someone after they've lost someone. :banghead:

Malanthius
08-01-2012, 08:35 PM
The email is deleted. My spam filter is apparently crap. LOL

The lawsuit is true but you wont get anything out of it anyway. Payment is suppose to go to charity apparently. But If you feel like Netflix owes you, go for it! Just use caution.

mytime
08-01-2012, 08:45 PM
The lawsuit is true but you wont get anything out of it anyway. Payment is suppose to go to charity apparently. But If you feel like Netflix owes you, go for it! Just use caution.

NF owes me nothing. :lol: Anyway what would I do with $2.50? ;)

Malanthius
08-01-2012, 08:49 PM
NF owes me nothing. :lol: Anyway what would I do with $2.50? ;)

You could buy a Bluray. ;)

I kid, I kid. :p

HD Goofnut
08-02-2012, 06:10 AM
I got it about a week or so ago and assumed it was spam as well.

Rick-F
08-02-2012, 08:51 AM
Sorry but that doesn't prove the email isn't spam. People can try to take advantage of others during real situations. I'd be very cautious. Do a search before responding. Like I said. I had one of those a month or so ago but I don't think it was about Netflix.

Cautious of WHAT? The email is a standard class action notice. The recipient is just "notified". The email asks that you do NOTHING. The information requested is ZERO. The email does NOT request, demand, or recommend any RESPONSE. Where is it that you see danger, a need for caution, or someone taking advantage?

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/01/4681372/current-and-former-netflix-subscribers.html

jkkyler
08-02-2012, 08:59 AM
Cautious of WHAT? The email is a standard class action notice. The recipient is just "notified". The email asks that you do NOTHING. The information requested is ZERO. The email does NOT request, demand, or recommend any RESPONSE. Where is it that you see danger, a need for caution, or someone taking advantage?

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/01/4681372/current-and-former-netflix-subscribers.html

+1 :yippee:

1stSilverado
08-02-2012, 09:15 AM
Cautious of WHAT? The email is a standard class action notice. The recipient is just "notified". The email asks that you do NOTHING. The information requested is ZERO. The email does NOT request, demand, or recommend any RESPONSE. Where is it that you see danger, a need for caution, or someone taking advantage?

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/01/4681372/current-and-former-netflix-subscribers.html

Actually it asks the recipient numerous times to visit the website or call the phone number to either go ahead with lawsuit or not go ahead.
A response is requested multiple times, and I would be very cautious doing so.

Malanthius
08-02-2012, 09:18 AM
So you guys always just carelessly open whatever email arrives in your inbox? Can I get your email addresses? ;)

Malanthius
08-02-2012, 09:20 AM
Actually it asks the recipient numerous times to visit the website or call the phone number to either go ahead with lawsuit or not go ahead.
A response is requested multiple times, and I would be very cautious doing so.

It amazes me how naive some people still are when it comes to scams or cyber attacks through the Internet.

h0mi
08-02-2012, 10:35 AM
I got the email as well. Not sure what the lawsuit was over or what the "payoff" will be.

Malanthius
08-02-2012, 11:02 AM
I got the email as well. Not sure what the lawsuit was over or what the "payoff" will be.

There is no payoff. Any money will go to charity. Basically if you want to join the lawsuit your portion will go to charity. I didn't bother reading the details of the lawsuit. I have no gripes with Netflix myself personally. So i have no vendetta toward them.

Chris Gerhard
08-08-2012, 03:34 AM
I received this email, my experience with Netflix was a free trial years ago and maybe I subscribed for a month or two after the trial before switching to Blockbuster. I had the minimum plan for whatever period I used the service, my share of any class action suit might round to a penny. I decided to quit reading after the first sentence and deleted the email which may or may not have been real but appeared to me that it was likely spam. I have to see a possible windfall of at least a dime before I would jump through the hoops necessary to be part of a class action suit. I am still waiting for my first dime, all I have ever received as a settlement is a discount on a future purchase which I have never made.

loganforand
08-11-2012, 08:28 AM
There's a few reasons why I'm not to sure of it to be genuine..

1: I haven't seen this posted on any official sites, skynews, cnn so fort, the ones posted above I've never seen them so who is to say there genuine sites and not created just for this very scam.

2: It says "Please do not contact either the Defendants or the Court about this Settlement. Any and all callers will be directed to this website. If you have questions, please refer to the information posted here." Why can I not contact Netflix to confirm this?? To which I tried but no email address, I can't ring as I'm in Ireland.

3: To exclude yourself from this they look for your home address "To exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you must send a letter saying that you want to be “excluded” from the Class in In re Netflix Privacy Litigation, No. 5:11-cv-00379-EJD. Your exclusion request must include your name, address, telephone number, signature, and a signed statement to the effect " and you must send your respond to a P.O box instead of an office??

And

4: Why the bloody hell are they adding me to their list so they can make money off of me, I don't like greedy people and this make's my blood boil.

I'm still two minds if this is real or not but I might be leaning more to a fake.

jkkyler
08-11-2012, 12:58 PM
Seeing as this is posted in several newspapers to include WSJ and also a quick google of 'netflix class action lawsuits " will show numerous articles in papers and tech journals confirming this I am pretty damn certain it is real. 2) It does not ask numerous times for your personal info as people have stated and there is both a TELEPHONE number given for contact as well as a website provided - You only need to contact anybody if you are affected and wish to opt out or have objections to the proposed settlement- thereby reserving the right for you to individually sue Netflix if you so desire- if not then your damages are considered settled with the charity disbursement once the court ratifies the settlement and you can not claim damages later - pretty much a standard class action suit - WTF, where did the rest of you read or gather your assumptions from?

jkkyler
08-11-2012, 01:04 PM
Actually it asks the recipient numerous times to visit the website or call the phone number to either go ahead with lawsuit or not go ahead.
A response is requested multiple times, and I would be very cautious doing so.

Uh- no it doesn't just like in any class action lawsuit you only contact somebody if you wish to OPT out and not be a part of the settlement and retain the rights to sue individually - if you accept a class action lawsuit you can not then later sue the entity for damages. Every class action suit will have an opt out contact point.

Why the bloody hell are they adding me to their list so they can make money off of me, I don't like greedy people and this make's my blood boil.

In every class action lawsuit, the people who choose to opt out are kept on a list maintained typically by legal counsel or a designated appointee - it has absolutely nothing to do with' making money off of you' This is so they know who retained the right to sue privately - Have you all never of a class action suit or are you unaware of what they are or how they work, (this is Standard Operating procedure) - if so why spread a bunch of FUD about stuff you clearly know nothing about.


PS the website is run by Rust Consulting the designated appointee and they have a privacy notice explanation posted.
http://www.videoprivacyclass.com/Privacy.aspx