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A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing set for Wednesday was expected to focus on the privacy scandal that has rocked Facebook. The featured witness was former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie, who was scheduled to be joined by two experts.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was on Capitol Hill last month, won’t be there. But on Monday, Facebook announced that it had suspended 200 software applications that—like the one involving Cambridge Analytica—might have stolen the personal information of millions of users.

Richard Fields of Fields PLLC is among the dozens of plaintiffs lawyers who have filed class actions against Facebook over the scandal. He was founder and CEO of Juridica Asset Management Ltd., managing $600 million in litigation funds, before starting his law firm, which also has sued over opioids. I talked to him about Wednesday’s hearing and its potential impact on the Facebook litigation.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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