Consumers Who Sued Google Over Its Incognito Practices Lose Appeal

After fighting hundreds of lawsuits and many others pending, there is a little bit of relief for Google.

A new report spoke about how those consumers that sued the company’s parent firm for its Incognito practices are going to have to sulk for some time. This is because they’ve lost the right to an early appeal where users could claim additional funds as a part of financial damages for a class action lawsuit.

The end result was taking on billions of dollars and that’s when so many plaintiffs were arguing in 2020 about how Google was collecting data in the name of incognito mode. And that lawsuit was asking for around $5 billion in terms of its damages.

On Wednesday, the country’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the bid appeal made by the plaintiff to put that decision down. It similarly denied the status for class action and monetary losses against the search engine giant.

There was a court hearing that arose in the middle of the case and it may still end up seeking financial damages after the judgment. For now, the date for the trial has been outlined to be November.

Class action status for this means the plaintiffs may end up setting out larger claims against the firm as a whole. This is in opposition to its filing some independent claims for financial damages. And those would entail millions of users for this particular browser as indicated in the court filings.

The lawyers for the respective plaintiffs even carried out an argument on this particular court ruling last year. It denied incorporating class certifications pertaining to damages. Meanwhile, we had the likes of Google’s attorneys asking the court to stop this immediate appeal and wait to hear the parties speak after releasing final orders.

Google has really blatantly denied all of this. Their attorneys could be seen not sending out requests for immediate appeals. This was so they could hear the final order and request made by other parties.

The search engine giant refused to accept the blame that it deceived people in terms of private browsing. It added how the browser’s system asks if and when a user wishes to issue consent in terms of data collection.

The end decision actually means the respective plaintiffs can’t get monetary damages in terms of a class but there were two others that would seek relief from the company including those taking part in data collection ordeals.

H/T: Reuters

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