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Mariano's parent company sued for allegedly improperly storing employee fingerprint scans

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 15, 2017

The owners of the Mariano’s supermarket chain have carted to federal court a class action lawsuit brought by one of its workers, who claimed the Chicago area grocer has been improperly requiring its employees to use their fingerprints to check in and out for work, without getting the employees’ permission to store their biometric data.

Judge tosses privacy action vs locker concession Smarte Carte, says no harm from storing fingerprints

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 3, 2016

Smarte Carte, one of America’s largest providers of rentable storage lockers at train stations, airports, amusement parks and other popular locations, has beaten back a privacy class action lawsuit, after a Chicago federal judge ruled the company didn’t violate a controversial Illinois biometric privacy law by storing, without explicit advanced consent, fingerprints used by patrons to open the lockers.

VW diesel emissions class actions transferred, centralized by MDL Panel in San Francisco federal court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 16, 2015

The blizzard of litigation filed against Volkswagen in the wake of revelations the automaker allegedly installed devices on diesel cars to fool emissions testing equipment has been redirected to federal court in San Francisco. Across the country, more than 500 lawsuits - primarily class action complaints - have been lodged in federal district courts against Volkswagen. In the Northern District of Illinois, for instance, 19 such lawsuits have been filed against VW.

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