Okay, this is the earliest blog post I have ever done, but it was just too interesting and I must be out of the loop in the world of affiliate marketing. I just received this e-mail and I’m still kind of confused about the whole matter. This was the e-mail:
From – Sat Aug 02 01:03:46 2008
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From: Settlement Recovery Center v. ValueClick settlement
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2008 04:01:14 -0400
Subject: Settlement Recovery Center v. ValueClick settlement
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RE: Important Legal Notice Regarding Commission Junctionâ€™s Affiliate Network
If you joined or were a member of the affiliate marketing networks operated by ValueClick, Inc., Commission Junction, Inc. and/or Be Free (collectively, â€œDefendantsâ€), between April 20, 2003 and the present, you may be a class member in Settlement Recovery Center et al. v. ValueClick, Inc. et al., No. 2:07-cv-02638-FMC-CTx, a lawsuit which is pending in the Central District of California. The Settlement Notice informs you of the Court’s certification of a class for settlement purposes; the nature of the claims alleged; your right to participate in, or exclude yourself from, the class; a proposed settlement; and how you can claim an award of advertising credits under the settlement or object to the settlement.
The proposed settlement will resolve claims that Defendants failed to adequately monitor Commission Junctionâ€™s Network for the use by third parties of software that does not comply with Commission Junctionâ€™s (â€œCJâ€) Publisher Code of Conduct and that is intended to steal or divert commissions from publishers on CJâ€™s network (â€œNon-compliant Softwareâ€), failed to adequately monitor or prevent third parties from engaging in the theft or â€œhijackingâ€ of commissions from Advertisers and Publishers on CJâ€™s Network, and failed to make sufficient disclosures regarding the existence of Non-compliant Software and commission theft, resulting in losses to both advertisers and publishers on the CJ Network.
The proposed settlement will provide a monetary recovery to eligible class members. For class members that currently maintain an account on the CJ Network will receive payment through payments or credits deposited or applied to their CJ accounts; eligible class members that no longer have accounts on the Commission Junction Network will receive a check for an equal amount.
If you are a member of the class, your legal rights are affected by whether you act or do not act. You should review the Settlement Notice as soon as possible as there are several important deadlines that you must meet to take certain actions in connection with this proposed settlement. In particular, the deadline for filing an objection or excluding yourself from the proposed settlement is September 30, 2008. For further information, please refer to the Settlement Notice.
For a copy of the Settlement Notice, click on the link, or visit the case website at www.CJSettlement.com
So apparently there is some kind of lawsuit going on against Commission Junction and anyone who signed up as a publisher with them starting from the date stated above should be involved in this. That is me technically I guess. As many of you may know too, Iâ€™m personally not a big fan of that company. Feel free to enlighten me about this if you are someone who has been in the loop. Iâ€™ll do some more research later on.