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Facebook: Just because IL residents use Facebook, doesn't mean Cook County can sue Facebook in IL

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 25, 2019

Saying to allow the legal action to continue would effectively allow internet companies to be sued virtually everywhere, at any time, Facebook has asked a Cook County judge to dismiss or at least place on hold a lawsuit brought by Cook County’s state’s attorney over claims the social media giant allowed user data to be mined by another firm to aid President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

CN, Dylan's Candybar, Pete's Market, Freudenburg Household Products among latest sued for scanning worker fingerprints

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 24, 2019

Freight rail operator CN, Dylan's Candybar, Pete's Market and the maker of Vileda and O'Cedar cleaning products are among the employers hit with class actions, as the lawsuits under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act continue to multiply.

Ranchers lawsuit: Meat packers squeezed cattle prices, even as consumers paid record retail beef prices

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 24, 2019

A group of cattle ranchers have filed suit in Chicago federal court, accusing four of the largest meat processors in the U.S. of squeezing ranchers by manipulating the market to drive down the price they paid for beef cattle, even as consumer beef prices remained near their peak.

Surveys: Class action lawsuits up again in 2018; Settlements down $1B, but businesses spent $2.4B to defend

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 18, 2019

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.

Worker time clock maker Kronos: 'Mega' class action attempt 'epitome of gamesmanship, disregard for fair process'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 16, 2019

A company that provides the high-tech employee timekeeping devices used by many companies targeted in class action lawsuits under an Illinois privacy law has asked a Chicago federal judge to end a sprawling class action filed against it under the same law.

Appeals panel: Illinois shops can't arbitrate away workers' class actions over fingerprint timeclock scans

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 11, 2019

Illinois employers, facing an onslaught of class action lawsuits accusing them of violating a state biometrics privacy law by making their workers scan their fingerprints when beginning and ending work shifts, can’t sidestep those legal actions by claiming their employees agreed to handle their work-related disputes under arbitration.

Judge allows Facebook to ask appeals panel if hundreds of workers belong in OT pay class action

By Dan Churney | Apr 10, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has granted Facebook's request to allow a federal appeals panel to weigh in on whether the judge had properly allowed a group of 450 Facebook employees to move forward with a class action accusing the company of shorting them overtime pay, as Facebook asserts a large number of those worker pay disputes are barred by arbitration agreements.

Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

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.

Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

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.

SCOTUS again asked to order SEIU to repay $32M in home caregivers' union fees already ruled unconstitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

Arguments have begun to be filed in the latest try to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to order an Illinois labor union to refund potentially tens of millions in fees the court has already declared were unconstitutionally collected.

Biometric privacy class actions piling in; Newest actions target Roosevelt University, CSX, Hearthside, others

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 2, 2019

Class action lawsuits targeting employers and other businesses for allegedly violating an Illinois biometric privacy law continue to roll into Cook County’s courts, as trial lawyers continue to pile up the complaints in the wake of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision giving the green light to such actions. Businesses hit with the suits include Roosevelt University; CSX; Hearthside Food Solutions; and Professional Freezing Solutions.

Judge says advocacy group for disabled can sue Chicago for non-ADA subsidized housing

By Dan Churney | Apr 2, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by an advocacy agency for the disabled, which alleged for decades the city of Chicago has not ensured its subsidized housing is accessible to those with disabilities, saying the agency has put forth believable arguments the city's alleged shortcomings caused it to spend extra resources to help the disabled find suitable housing.

Worker fingerprint scans when punching clock sparks class action vs Eden Management

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 27, 2019

The operator of a group of assisted living homes in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois has been hit with a class action lawsuit, accusing it of violating its workers rights by making them scan their fingerprints when they punch in and out of work shifts, allegedly in violation of an Illinois privacy law.

Warren Barr rehab centers hit with class action over worker fingerprint scans, alleged BIPA violations

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 27, 2019

The Warren Barr group of Chicago nursing homes and rehabilitation centers have been hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging they violated a state privacy law by making their employees scan their fingerprints when punching in and out of work shifts.

Class action lawsuit accuses LeSaint Logistics of improperly scanning worker fingerprints on time clocks

By Cook County Record | Mar 26, 2019

A Romeoville-based trucking and warehousing company has been hit with a class action lawsuit under a state biometrics privacy law, accusing the company of violating employees' rights by compelling them to scan their fingerprints each time they punch in and out of a work shift.

From Legal Newsline

Legal but illegal: How Illinois shut down a company that played by the rules

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 26, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - As of Oct. 29, 2018, a medical sterilization firm called Sterigenics was in full compliance with state and federal regulations over its use of ethylene oxide, a carcinogen. Then on Oct. 30, it wasn’t.

Judge boots class action suit decrying L.L. Bean's new warranty for its footwear

By Scott Holland | Mar 25, 2019

A federal judge again dismissed a complaint accusing L.L. Bean Inc. of misrepresenting the expected lifespan of its iconic boots.

Judge: Enough proof big hotel brands manipulated online search results to let antitrust class action continue

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 22, 2019

A federal judge has turned down a bid by the world’s largest hotel brands, inlcuding Hilton, Hyatt and Wyndham, to shut the door on an antitrust class action accusing them of conspiring to boost room rates by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

From Legal Newsline

Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

Judge OKs $35M Pella windows class action deal; $7.6M to plaintiffs' lawyers, $967K to objector Frank

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 18, 2019

Homeowners whose Pella windows may have leaked will soon be in line for refunds for their repair costs, while attorneys for plaintiffs and objectors will receive millions more in fees, under a deal approved by a Chicago federal judge to close at last a long, tortured class action lawsuit.

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