This week, Facebook expected to finally put the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal to bed when a district court in California approved a $725 million settlement. The social media giant thought that this enormous settlement would end all cases against it — however, the state of New Mexico disagreed, intervening at the last second to claim that its lawsuit against the company may not be covered.
According to lawyers representing the state, they want to be heard “briefly” at the settlement to ensure that a similar privacy suit the state filed against Facebook isn’t accidentally thrown out. However, Facebook seems intent on killing their case and every one like it.
“It is imperative that the court be aware of Facebook’s interpretation of the settlement agreement so that it can take all appropriate measures to ensure that the court does not inadvertently release claims raised against Facebook in other cases and jurisdictions,” lawyers representing New Mexico said in their filling.
While the outcome of this Hail Mary intervention is very much in doubt, it’s a worst-case scenario for Facebook, which was only days away from finally ending one of the biggest privacy scandals in the company’s history.
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