Lawsuits against companies can come in various forms. When an alleged wrongdoing purportedly affects an entire group of people, a business litigation lawsuit may be granted class-action status in Massachusetts or in any other state. This seems to be what may be happening with a recent legal dispute involving the web company Google.
The lawsuit against the web company is asking the court to grant class-action status to the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are alleging that Google had improperly mined email data from users of the web company's Gmail service. If the plaintiffs are granted class-action status, it could include more than 400 million users of the web company's Gmail and Google Apps services. On the other hand, the judge in the case has expressed skepticism regarding the likelihood that the plaintiffs will be able to prove their case to move forward as a class action.