AOL Email Footer Proposed Class Action Settlement

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AOL Email Footer Proposed Class Action Settlement

Did you recently receive an Official AOL Mail about the proposed settlement agreement of the Fairchild et al., v AOL litigation? If you did, you may find the frequently asked questions below helpful.

FAQs


If I opted out of the settlement in 2009, do I need to do so again?

Yes, you do.

Does the proposed settlement agreement apply only to paid AOL members?

The agreement applies to both the free and paid AOL members as of August 1, 2009.

Does the proposed settlement agreement affect my AOL membership?

No it doesn't. The proposed settlement in no way affects your member status with AOL.

The proposed settlement agreement is about the "email footer." What is that?

An email footer is a sentence of text that automatically appeared at the bottom of outgoing AOL email messages with information about different products and content from AOL and our advertisers.

How do I make sure footers are turned off for my emails?

Currently AOL is not using email footers on your outgoing messages; however, if we ever do in the future you will be able to opt out at AOL Keyword: Footer or http://footer.aol.com. You may also reach the site by cutting and pasting the link into your web browser.

Where can I find the Official Notice of the proposed settlement?

You can read a PDF copy of the Official Notice online at http://www.aole-mailfootersettlement.com (It is attached as Exhibit A to the Settlement Agreement). If you would prefer not to click this link, you may also cut and paste the link into your web browser to access the Notice. This document also includes additional background information about the case and could answer other questions you might have.

Is the email notice legitimate?

Yes it is. AOL issued this email notice under court order. You can tell it’s a legitimate AOL email by the Official AOL Mail icon at the top and the tamper-proof seal in your email inbox.

How can I get more information about email, the notice or the lawsuit?

We included a description of the lawsuit and the class in the Official Notice.

How does this impact me?

As part of a proposed settlement, we at AOL agreed that if we again place advertising or promotional footers at the bottom of outgoing email messages, we’ll provide class members with notice that you can remove the advertising or promotion footer.

Do I get any money as part of this settlement?

Although there is no monetary relief under the proposed settlement, it provides that if AOL begins using footers again all class members will be provided notice of the footers and their ability to discontinue the footers. In addition, under the terms of settlement, AOL is making donations to several charities identified and preliminarily approved by the court. Further details regarding these charities can be found in paragraph 18 of the Official Notice and paragraphs 23 and 24 of the Settlement Agreement.

Where can I see the email footer?

The footer was a sentence of text that automatically appeared at the bottom of your outgoing AOL email messages with information about different products and content from AOL and our advertisers. The footer should not be confused with any banner ads that you may see on the borders of your mailbox. Below is an example with the email footer circled in red.

Please understand that AOL is not currently adding footers to email. If we again place advertising or promotional footers in outgoing email, we will provide instructions on how you can change settings to turn them off.

 


 

 


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Last updated: 06-10-2014
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