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District Court grants final approval in BIPA settlement

Courts Class Action BIPA Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security Settlement State Issues

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On October 13, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted final approval to a $2.6 million class action settlement between a sports entertainment chain (defendant) and a class of former employees, resolving allegations that the defendant was responsible for improperly collecting and storing employees’ data in violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). According to the final settlement (which was preliminarily approved in June by the court), plaintiffs alleged that the defendant violated BIPA by collecting and disclosing Illinois employees’ biometric data through a finger-scan timekeeping system without following BIPA’s written disclosure and consent requirements. The gross settlement fund is approximately $2.6 million, with $22,000 awarded to the settlement administrator, approximately $865,000 allocated for attorney fees, and nearly $35,000 designated for litigation costs.

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