I'm not suprised that fraudulent activity has been detected and now acted upon.
I had an account with them in 2006. Consistent sales and traffic for 4 months then commissions all but dried up....Traffic remained the same.
I wonder what publishers affected can expect in way of settlement, a million bucks seems a tiny fund when you consider how many folks have been ripped off:
A. Monetary Compensation
Defendants have agreed to pay $1,000,000 into a Common Fund. The Common Fund will provide benefits to current and former CJ Network Advertisers and Publishers as follows:
After deducting for payment of any money awarded by the Court in connection with representation of the Class in this litigation and settlement (for example, Incentive Awards made to the named plaintiffs, consulting fees, certain costs of class settlement administration, and related expenses), the balance of the Common Fund shall be allocated 70% to the Publishers and 30% to the Advertisers in a Publisher Fund and an Advertiser Fund.
So glad to see more folks have received this. It's a weird email to receive!
Yes, very weird. I headed straight over here to see what everybody was saying about it.
It will be a hell of a lot less than a million dollars after the lawyers take
I received the same notice at 4 different email addresses (Had 4 different accounts over the years, until I finally gave up on CJ).
I don't expect too much from this. As King Fisher stated, the lawyers will clean up on this. Individual claimants will get peanuts.
Don't you think it will, at least, make cj clean up its act?
Yup- got it too.
I didn't spend a lot of time reading the settlement, but I thought most of the legal fees were to be paid separately from the Common Fund.
Whats this ? I ditched CJ years ago as I wasnt happy with teh conversion rate, so whats brought this about ?
"Don't you think it will, at least, make cj clean up its act?"
I think it already has. Weeks before I got this email or even knew about this entire affair, I noticed that I was making more revenue on CJ than usual during the summer. What made this so strange was that:
1) The surge happened during the summer months, a time when, due to traffic, I always see a slowdown
2) Due to a traumatic loss of pictures in Google Images, my traffic this year was a fraction of what it's been for the past four years.
Logically, between me losing all this traffic and it being a summer, I should've been lucky to even make the minimum payout from month to month. Yet low and behold, I was suddenly making as much money as when I had gobs of traffic two years ago-- and during the traditional "summer slowdown."
Then I got the email and it seemed to have explained everything. I practically became ill.
At any rate, I think the others are right about how much we'd each be getting, what with the lawyers taking their cut and the thousands of publishers who are part of the settlement. We'll probably get 50 cents, if we're lucky.
Wow, surprised this is still going on after so many years. A couple things to note here. Parasites probably account for a few percent of traffic for any large affiliate network. Parasites are real but not significant enough to sway the success or failure of another publisher. They're unavoidable - stolen cookies can be mitigated but never stopped. $1M is a slap on the wrist. If I were a publisher then I would rather see an affiliate network commit to doing a better job policing bad behavior over settling a lawsuit. Anywho, pretty interesting to see the suit get this far.