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AOL Search Data Class Action Lawsuit Settlement


Award (how much your claim may be worth): You can receive up to $100 cash from the AOL Search Data class action settlement.

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Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Case(s):Landwehr v. AOL Inc., Case No. 11-cv-01014, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

Company(ies): AOL INC.



Website of the Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Administrator (FILE YOUR CLAIM HERE):

Address to submit a claim form (REQUIRED):

To receive your cash award from the AOL Search Data class action settlement, you must submit a Claim Form to the following address by the deadline. The claims deadline has not yet been set, but you may need to file a claim as early as July 26, 2013.
AOL Search Data Settlement
P.O. Box 65771
Sterling, Virginia 20165-8806

Phone Number to call for assistance: (855) 575-0127

Details: The AOL search data settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit, titled Landwehr v. AOL Inc., that was filed after AOL made files containing some users’ search queries available for download at in 2006. AOL said the search data was anonymous. According to the class action lawsuit, however, some users’ identities could be determined from the search data and AOL violated privacy and consumer protection laws by making the data available for download.

AOL denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to provide up to $5 million in cash payments to eligible Class Members who submit valid claims. The class action settlement also provides that AOL will reduce the possibility of a similar data release for the next three years and help Class Members who have been, or can, be identified by third-party websites that claim to host the search data by contacting them to ask for the removal of those Class Members’ data.

Class Members of the AOL search data settlement include anyone who lived in the United States or its territories at any time between March and May of 2006 and had their search query data available for download from in 2006.

There are three types of payment Class Members can claim from the class action lawsuit settlement:

Tier 1 Payment: You are eligible for a payment of up to $50 if you:

  • Were an AOL member between March and May 2006, and
  • Believe in good faith that your search data was made available for download from

Tier 2 Payment: You are eligible for a payment of up to $100 if you:

  • Were an AOL member between March and May 2006,
  • Believe in good faith that your search data was made available for download from, and
  • Either: 1) you have been identified from that data or 2) another person or company could be reasonably certain of your identity based on the data.

Arbitration Claim: If you are eligible for a Tier 2 Payment and feel you suffered losses greater than $100, you can give up your right to that Tier Payment and file an “Arbitration Claim.” If you choose to do so, a neutral party will assess your claim. There is no guarantee your Arbitration Claim will be successful or that you will receive more than $100.

Payments from the AOL class action settlement will be determined at a later date and will depend on the total amount of valid claims received. The only way to receive a payment is to submit a Claim Form by the deadline.

As of the publish date of this article, no claims filing deadline has been set, but you may need to file a claim as early as July 26, 2013.

Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the AOL Search Data Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at

Data Published Online Between: March and May 2006

Claims must be postmarked by: N/A


Settlement Administrator(s): N/A

Class Counsel:


Manuel J. Dominguez

Benjamin Brown



Daniel C. Hedlund


Defense Counsel:


Joseph Serino Jr.

Andrew G. Horne



UPDATE: Payments for the AOL Search Data Class Action Settlement have been mailed. Class Members are reporting to Top Class Actions that they began receiving their settlement checks on Nov. 18, 2013.

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  • edmond neville March 12, 2013

    I would like to know if having an email account with aol is considered membership for the class action lawsuit-AOL SEARCH DATA?


  • rufus brown March 28, 2013

    AOL shame on you

  • Magaly Rivera April 15, 2013

    Shame on AOL

  • tom November 12, 2013

    AOL takes their money out of my checking account each month, where’s my check?

  • Denise November 18, 2013

    Got a check for 100.00 today. Check dated 11/14/2013

  • david November 18, 2013

    100.00 today AZ

  • tom November 18, 2013

    $100 today, ny. Is it possible to get second check for wife’s acc’t? Mine was dated 11/15

  • Denise November 18, 2013

    Tom…my husband didn’t get his…it was just mine. I hope there’s a second batch.

  • deria November 18, 2013

    got 50 today

  • Tom November 18, 2013

    Does anyone know if they mail checks to PO boxes? I haven’t got mine.

  • Sylia November 18, 2013

    Yes, got my today.
    Was sent to my PO Box in California

  • jennell November 19, 2013

    got mine today a whopping $50

  • Jane November 19, 2013

    Got mine today. $100

  • Carm November 19, 2013

    Right On Time! 100.00 I Hope AOL Thinks Twice Next Time!

  • ssanchez November 19, 2013

    Got mine yesterday $ 100.00

  • Al November 19, 2013

    nothing as of yesterday in alabama

  • Louise November 19, 2013

    $100 here in Massachusetts yesterday. My mother lives across town and she has not received her’s yet.

  • Nancy November 19, 2013

    Thank you!!
    Got mine yesterday for $100:)

  • D November 19, 2013

    100.00; YESTERDAY

  • Kadie November 20, 2013

    I’m in Texas and haven’t recevied anything yet. What state do they send it from?

  • Justin November 20, 2013

    Nothing here in Illinois. Does anyone have a number to reach them?

  • Jill Brynder November 20, 2013

    I am in Michigan my friend receive his check I have not received mine. Do anyone have a number for the class counsel? I tired to call the the 855-575-0127 and this number is no longer in service.

  • big john November 20, 2013

    no monies for me yet : ( … living in the arm pit of il

  • Nancy November 20, 2013

    I am in Atlanta . I have Aol for more than 10 years. I filed in time. I have not received anything. This is wrong.

  • Al November 20, 2013

    Still nothing, Alabama. Very aggravating

  • Amber November 20, 2013

    Got mine in CA for $100 the other day!!!

  • Betty November 21, 2013


  • Justin November 21, 2013

    Received my check in IL. 50.00. But my mom never received hers.

  • lisa November 21, 2013

    have not received my check yet. can someone please give me the contact # as the one on file is disconnected after the settlement date closed.

  • Al November 21, 2013

    Got mine today, Alabama, $100 :)

  • huh? November 22, 2013

    Every time I log on to AOL, my asshole itches. How can I get in on this class action?

  • Cheryl Latrice Davis November 22, 2013

    I received my check of 100.00 11/21/2013.

  • Sophia November 23, 2013

    I RECEIVED MY 100.00 CHECK 11/23/13 N.Y.

  • Tracy W. December 3, 2013

    So, I got notice from the back today that my AOL check bounced. Nice.

  • sue December 4, 2013

    How did the aol check bounce? omg that’s crazy

  • Michelle December 6, 2013

    Checks are still coming out. I finally got mines today..

  • Pamela December 18, 2013

    Still have received my check yet….and it Dec. 18, 2013

  • Pamela December 18, 2013

    And the number DO NOT WORK! It is just a busy sound!

  • april December 19, 2013

    somebody please tell me how to get in touch with the claims administrator

  • Dolly December 31, 2013


    Our firm received your email inquiry concerning the AOL search data class action settlement. We are happy to look into this issue, but I have a couple of questions I need answered first.

    What is your full name? Is that the same as the person who submitted the claim? From whom did you get an email stating a check had been mailed to you? When did you get that email?


    Joseph C. Bourne
    Gustafson Gluek PLLC
    Canadian Pacific Plaza
    120 South Sixth Street, Suite 2600
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    Phone: (612) 333-8844

  • tammy January 4, 2014

    haven’t received my check yet?where is it. can’t contact by phone or email as they are no longer active

  • Curious January 6, 2014

    Still no check in NC.

  • debbie lee May 11, 2014

    still nothing!

  • Sandra Kanan June 11, 2014

    Haven’t received my check yet either….phone not working for settlement office. Claim was done electronically back in July 2013, should have gotten something by now. What can I do or how can I resolve this now???

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