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Spike in IL lawsuits vs employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning

John Sammon and Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 12, 2017, 6:31pm

A spike in the number of lawsuits in Illinois over biometrics data is a result of such data becoming more commonly used or misused by both business and social media. But whatever the reason, businesses should look for more and more of these lawsuits in coming days, a Washington, D.C.-based labor and employment attorney warns, thanks to a unique facet of Illinois' law

Business groups: IL geolocations privacy bill ups lawsuit risk against 'businesses of all sizes'

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 3, 2017, 5:24pm

Already facing a surge of lawsuits under a state technology privacy law, business groups have expressed relief at Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to veto a new state technology privacy law regulating how and when smartphone apps and the businesses that develop and deploy them must notify users their physical locations are being logged – a law the business groups say will only offer the same trial lawyers another avenue to sue them.

More class actions target Alden, other care facilities over use of employee fingerprints

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 2, 2017, 4:50pm

Alden Management Services, which operates numerous nursing homes and other care facilities throughout the Chicago area and northern Illinois, has come in for legal examination, along with other operators of Chicago area care facilities, as attorneys for employees in these health care organizations have brought yet more class action lawsuits against their employers under an Illinois law designed to govern the collection of use of so-called “biometric” identifiers, such as fingerprints.

After winning settlement, lawyers fight over their shares of the spoils in NCAA concussion class action

Dan Churney Sep. 19, 2017, 4:54pm

Lawyers are scrimmaging in Chicago federal court over $21 million in fees for handling the nationwide concussion lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries.

Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 5:39pm

A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.

Judge: Lawyers' objections to rival attorneys' $24M fee request merely cash grab, not worth $59K fees

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 28, 2017, 5:50pm

While a Texas lawyer and his client say their efforts helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday under a $56 million class action settlement deal, a federal judge has rejected their attempts to grab a $59,000 share of that settlement, saying their efforts were redundant and produced nothing but an opportunity for them to grab some quick cash.

Edelson class actions target Senior Lifestyle Corp, Symphony Healthcare, Aryzta over worker fingerprints

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 22, 2017, 12:21pm

Edelson P.C., a Chicago law firm known for launching class actions over digital privacy issues, has set its sights on three more employers – the operator of 51 Illinois senior living and care facilities; the operator of two dozen Illinois nursing and rehabilitation centers; and the bakery behind the Otis Spunkmeyer and La Brea Bread brands – accusing each of breaking an Illinois biometrics privacy law.

Judge: Lawyers may need to justify $1.12M fee request for '3 months work' in sex toy case settlement

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 27, 2017, 5:24pm

While saying he was concerned by the prospect of two lawyers attempting to claim “$550,000 for just over three months of work,” a federal magistrate judge has still recommended they receive more than $500,000 each for their work in collecting a $3.75 million class action settlement from the makers of a smartphone-controlled sex toy alleged to have essentially spied on users.

Lawsuit: Bose headphone app secretly collects customer listening habits, data then sold by Bose

Scott Holland Apr. 19, 2017, 2:31pm

An Illinois man is pursuing a class action complaint worth at least $5 million against Bose Corp., accusing the maker of high-end wireless headphones, speakers and other audio equipment of selling customer data secretly collected by an app paired with the headphones and other consumer gear.

Flood of RICO countersuits could follow Edelson class action vs 'serial objectors,' Bandas firm warns

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 7:35pm

The courts could risk a flood of new litigation, which could chill efforts to object to future class action settlements, if a judge allows prominent Chicago class action trial law firm Edelson P.C. to continue with a class action lawsuit accusing rival Bandas Law Firm and others, of racketeering for acting as “professional objectors,” bent on extorting payoffs, according to a motion filed by Bandas.

Judge OKs at least $15M for plaintiff lawyers under Caribbean cruise telemarketing class action deal

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 7, 2017, 2:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an award of more than $15 million – and potentially, as much as $18.9 million – in attorney fees for lawyers who secured a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and other associated companies accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask illegal telemarketing calls.

Johnson & Bell hit Edelson with defamation suit, demand firm pay for 'self-serving publicity tour'

Scott Holland Apr. 1, 2017, 10:23pm

Johnson & Bell, a prominent Chicago civil defense law firm, has taken aim at the firm of Edelson P.C., alleging the Chicago-based firm which ranks as one of the country’s leading filers of digital privacy and technology class actions should be made to pay for using the courts to spread “lies and defamatory statements” as part of a continuing “self-serving publicity tour.” 

Class action: Grubhub texts violated federal law

Louie Torres Mar. 30, 2017, 1:54am

A consumer recently filed a class action lawsuit against Grubhub for alleged violations of telephone harassment statutes.

Class action vs Down To Lunch app makers tossed; promo 'spam-vite' texts users' fault, judge says

Scott Holland Mar. 27, 2017, 11:06am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a class action complaint against the San Francisco-based developer of the Down to Lunch smartphone app, saying app users – and not the software itself – are responsible for “spam-vite” promotional text messages sent to other people’s phones. 

Bluetooth-enabled vibrator maker settles digital privacy class action for $3.7M

Scott Holland Mar. 14, 2017, 2:45pm

The maker of a high-tech Bluetooth-enabled personal intimacy device has reached a $3.7 million settlement with a woman, on behalf of classes of other plaintiffs, who had accused the company of improperly collecting private information in a class action complaint filed last year. 

Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action

Dan Churney Mar. 6, 2017, 3:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.” 

Class action accuses Paypal of mishandling charitable donations made through its Giving Fund

Scott Holland Mar. 1, 2017, 5:25pm

A Highland Park charity and a donor are accusing PayPal of illegally withholding and redirecting donations intended to benefit certain charities in a class action complaint filed Feb. 28 in Chicago federal court.

Whitepages latest people search site hit by class action alleging wrongly uses people's names for ads

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 6, 2017, 4:49pm

Yet another online people search website has been targeted for allegedly breaking an Illinois privacy law, as a new class action alleges WhitePages.com also wrongly uses a web search advertising technique to use people’s names to market their search reports.

Judge: Calif. woman's class action can continue vs debt collector Harris & Harris over cell calls

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 3, 2017, 5:58pm

A Cook County judge has cleared a California woman to continue her class action lawsuit against a Chicago-based debt collector who she accused of breaking federal law in using so-called “skip tracing” to call her on her mobile phone to collect unpaid traffic tickets.

Class actions: PeopleLooker, InstantCheckmate, Intelius wrongly sell ads using users' names

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 30, 2017, 4:15pm

After filing a class action lawsuit against online personal information provider Spokeo, the legal team behind that lawsuit has brought at least three other class actions against similar online operators, claiming their web search advertising practices also have violated an Illinois privacy law by using a web search advertising trick to use people’s names to market their online people search products.