On Tuesday, a judge rejected proposals by the Attorney General of the District of Columbia to name Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg as a defendant in a privacy lawsuit.
DC Superior Court Judge Maurice A. Ross said at the hearing that Washington’s Attorney General Carl Reese had waited too long to name Mr. in his lawsuit. Zuckerberg as defendant, a move that sought to hold him personally responsible.
“The problem with this is that you have to wait three years,” Judge Ross said, referring to Shri. Zuckerberg filed his first lawsuit in 2018. There is no relief for the customers of the district now. ”
Judge Rose also opposed Mr.’s demand. Resin to oust Shri. Zuckerberg for litigation.
Mr. Racine’s lawsuit against Facebook was filed in December 2018 in Columbia District Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook misled consumers about privacy on the platform by allowing political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to obtain sensitive data from more than 87 million users, including more than half of the district’s residents.
Mr. Resin tried to add Mr. As defendant in October, Zuckerberg said he wanted to send a message to all corporate chief executives that they could be held responsible for harming customers. Mr. Zuckerberg could face financial and other penalties for being named in the lawsuit.
Facebook is at the center of multiple legal battles with regulators. It is the target of no-confidence and consumer protection lawsuits by the Federal Trade Commission and some state attorneys general.
Meta and Mr. Racine’s office declined to comment.