Ash­ley Madi­son set­tle­ment OK’d

The Hamilton Spectator - - COMMENT - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A fed­eral judge on Fri­day ap­proved an $11.2-mil­lion set­tle­ment be­tween the mar­i­tal in­fi­delity web­site Ash­ley Madi­son and users who sued af­ter hack­ers re­leased per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial data and de­tails of their sex­ual pro­cliv­i­ties in 2015.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge John Ross in St. Louis gave pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to a class ac­tion set­tle­ment ini­tially an­nounced last week by Toron­to­based Ruby Corp., the par­ent com­pany of Ash­ley Madi­son.

The com­pany de­nied wrong­do­ing but it set­tled to “avoid the un­cer­tainty, ex­pense, and in­con­ve­nience” of lit­i­ga­tion.

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