If you used LinkedIn between September 17, 2011 and October 31, 2014 (which is all of us), the company might owe you money from a $13 million class-action settlement.
The lawsuit claims LinkedIn sent too many emails in that time period, and takes particular aim at a feature called "Add Connections" in which one click allows LinkedIn to basically email your entire inbox.
Then it sends them two reminder emails.
Those reminders emails are why LinkedIn owes some of its users money—the settlement says users didn't consent to having them sent on their behalf.
LinkedIn has denied all wrongdoing, but you can still make bank. How? First, you need to have used "Add Connections" between Sept. 17, 2011 and Oct. 31, 2014. LinkedIn sent an email on Friday notifying its users of the settlement. If you received the email, unearth it from your inbox and respond. If you deleted it, or never received one but feel you should be included, you can provide your information on a website (opens in new tab) created by the lawyers in the case.
The amount it pays out depends on how many people join the settlement.
The business-news website Quartz points out (opens in new tab) that the timing of LinkedIn's notification email about the settlement is interesting: They sent it on Friday afternoon—a time when people likely aren't paying attention. But now you know, so go get that 💰.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said LinkedIn might owe you $1,500. The amount LinkedIn will pay out in this case is currently unknown and depends on how many people claim to be part of the class action. The $1,500 payment is solely for the nine plaintiffs who initiated the litigation and is subject to the court's review and approval.
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