San Francisco – An appeals court in San Francisco has rejected an email privacy settlement that called for AOL to pay $110,000 to charities instead of the more than 66 million plaintiffs in the class-action suit.

According to’s The Recorder, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the charities, mostly located in the Los Angeles area, had nothing to do with the actual claims.

Plaintiffs originally sued AOL after the Internet company inserted promotional messages into emails sent by paid subscribers. As part of the settlement, AOL agreed to warn members about the ads, and make it easier for them to opt out.

The parties now will try to find a more suitable charity.

This article was also published in Potomac Tech Wire.

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