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RICHMOND, Va. – An opinion by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has left fluid just who can be part of a class action, leaving unanswered the question of how to identify members, a defense attorney says.
Businesses could face yet more lawsuits if defined as 'person' under IL Gender Violence law, attorney says
An Illinois appeals court decision could open another avenue for companies to be sued, as appellate justices said it remained an open question as to whether they could be held accountable for their workers' sexual misconduct under a state law to combat gender violence, a defense attorney said.
Appeals panel: Federal law trumps state privacy law in class actions vs airlines over fingerprint scans
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed airlines shouldn’t face class action lawsuits concerning the use of employee fingerprint scans for biometric punch clocks
Surveys: Class action lawsuits up again in 2018; Settlements down $1B, but businesses spent $2.4B to defend
Businesses in Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. faced a growing challenge from class action lawsuits in 2018, and that number is only expected to grow, as plaintiffs’ lawyers continue to open new avenues to bring potentially massive legal actions, two recent surveys have found.
Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections
Legislation in Springfield could bring relief to employers and others facing potentially ruinous lawsuits over nothing more than requiring employees to scan fingerprints when punching in and out work shifts.
Judge: Union doesn't get to force IL public worker retirement funds to factor politics into investment decisions
A federal judge has rejected the attempt by a union to win a court order requiring a pension fund for Illinois local governmental workers to take the political views of companies into consideration when investing public pension funds, as the judge said the Illinois Municipal Retirement Funds’ current practices don’t violate the First Amendment rights of union members.
Appeals court: Rumors about woman sleeping to top could leave employer on hook for discrimination suit
Legal experts are describing as significant a federal appeals court ruling that determined rumors falsely hinting a woman slept with management to advance in her company, could leave an employer on the hook for a sex discrimination violation under the Civil Rights Act.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP is pleased to announce that lawyers Uma Chandrasekaran (Labor & Employment Partner - Chicago), Oluwafunmito "Funto" P. Seton (Labor & Employment Associate - Houston) and Honore Hishamunda (Labor & Employment Associate - Atlanta) have been selected to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).
IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs
The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.
A federal judge has turned back another element of an attempted class action lawsuit brought by employees of TGI Friday's over allegedly unpaid vacation time.