On Monday, November 4, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the objectors' cert. petition in the Lane v. Facebook cy pres case, after relisting the case twice. Marek v. Lane, no. 13-136. For more on Lane, see this blog post.
Chief Justice Roberts filed a 4-page "statement respecting the denial of certiorari," which reads, in part:
I agree with this Court’s decision to deny the petition for certiorari. Marek’s challenge is focused on the particular features of the specific cy pres settlement at issue. Granting review of this case might not have afforded the Courtan opportunity to address more fundamental concerns surrounding the use of such remedies in class action litigation, including when, if ever, such relief should be considered; how to assess its fairness as a general matter; whether new entities may be established as part of such relief; if not, how existing entities should be selected; what the respective roles of the judge and parties are in shaping a cy pres remedy; how closely the goals of any enlisted organization must correspond to the interests of the class; and so on. This Court has not previously addressed any of these issues. Cy pres remedies, however, are a growing feature of class action settlements. See Redish, Julian, & Zyontz, Cy Pres Relief and the Pathologies of the Modern Class Action: A Normative and Empirical Analysis, 62 Fla. L. Rev. 617, 653-656 (2010). In a suitable case, this Court may need to clarify the limits on the use of such remedies.
Statement at 4 (hyperlink added). What the Chief Justice seems to be suggesting is that the objectors did not properly frame the issue in their cert. petition.