Angelos leading class-action lawsuit against Facebook

February 24, 2012 | WNST Staff

Two Maryland law firms have filed a class-action lawsuit in California federal court against Facebook, claiming the social media empire illegally tracked the web activity of its members.

The law offices of Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos and William H. Murphy filed the suit in U.S. District court in San Jose on Feb. 17. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook used online tracking technology to monitor its 800 million-plus users even when they weren’t visiting the social networking site.

Two plaintiffs have been named in the case, Laura Maguire of Charlotte, N.C. and Baltimore resident Christopher Simon.

Facebook issued a statement with its belief that the case is without merit.
Lawsuits of this nature that question privacy issues are fairly common and typically own class-action status.