How can a lawsuit be OPT-OUT???

August 23, 2011 10:12pm
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So I got this funny e-mail about a class-action lawsuit against Classmates.com today:


Funny for a couple of reasons – first and foremost, I’m honestly not sure if I was ever actually even a paid member of Classmates.com, and if I was, it certainly wasn’t with the e-mail address that they sent the notification to. It’s pretty clear that they’re just fishing for members for the suit … probably because the lawyers behind this scam are charging a $1,000,000 “attorney fee” for their participation.

That aside, though, I guess the part that really amused me was the notion that they want you to opt-out if you don’t want to participate in this class action lawsuit of theirs…

If you do not want to receive a cash award and want to maintain the right to pursue your own lawsuit against Classmates, then you must exclude yourself. To exclude yourself, you must submit a Request for Exclusion. That request must include your full legal name, mailing address, e-mail address, your signature (or an electronic signature consisting of “/s” plus your typed name), and the following statement, “I want to opt out of the In re Classmates.com Consolidated Litigation.”

Granted, I don’t really know much of anything about law and I know that our legal system certainly has its quirks, to say the very least, but I’d like to at least hope that people can’t just go around naming you in lawsuits without your permission! I mean, I don’t know how they would present it anyways, seeing as clearly they don’t actually have an official list of subscribers from Classmates.com or anything … “Your honor – we only received 10 opt-outs out of the 100 million e-mail addresses that we spammed with our class action suit, so they’re all participants!”

Best of luck with your frivolous lawsuit, boys – Classmates.com is a hopeless service that is probably on its last limbs these days thanks to Facebook anyways, but I hope they counter-sue you for damages and at least make enough to treat themselves to a nice dinner or something…

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