If you use LinkedIn, you might be eligible to claim up to $1,500 from their recent class-action settlement.
LinkedIn came under fire in a class-action lawsuit over excessive emails — which may be unsurprising to regular users. The professional social network crams your inbox with notifications, from potential connections to new endorsements to work anniversary celebrations.
But the recent case centered on one offense in particular, in which LinkedIn might have spammed people you added to your professional network. Here’s how to tell whether you can claim some of the cash.
Where LinkedIn Went Wrong
When current users tried to recruit outside contacts using the “Add Connections” button and the contacts didn’t respond, LinkedIn took advantage of its access to those email addresses by sending two additional reminders.
The court found the company’s actions fell outside of the scope of member consent, which was limited to a single invitation notification and not multiple reminders.
Although LinkedIn denied any wrongdoing, it agreed to create a $13 million fund to pay out up to $1,500 per plaintiff, depending how many people file claims.
It’s not the first time LinkedIn’s been in legal hot water, either. You might remember the company recently settled a suit about 6.5 million stolen passwords.
Are You Eligible?
Long story short: If you used LinkedIn’s “Add Connections” feature between September 17th, 2011 and October 31st, 2014, you are eligible to file a claim.
Users who qualify were notified by LinkedIn via — you guessed it! — an email.
How to File Your Claim
Check your inbox for yet another message from LinkedIn.
The email explains the settlement and provides you with an ID to file. Take that ID and head over to this page, where you can file your settlement claim.
Then sit back and wait — and rejoice in the fact that your LinkedIn spam is about to slow down.
Your Turn: Are you eligible to file a claim in the LinkedIn class-action spam suit?
Jamie Cattanach is junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’d like to add you to her professional network on LinkedIn. If you want. No pressure.