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IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

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.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Spokeo case may return to U.S. Supreme Court after Ninth Circuit ruling about concrete harm, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Sep 26, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case in which an appeals court recently and again upheld a plaintiff's standing to pursue his claims in federal court might be on its way back to the U.S. Supreme Court, a labor and employment attorney said during a recent interview.

Study: New York, California courts ‘magnets’ for workplace class actions

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 13, 2017

According to a Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s statistical study of class certification rulings in 2016, more conditional certification motions were granted within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Ninth Circuit than any other courts in the country.

Florida U.S. District Court decertifies class of Haitian seasonal farm workers

By Cassandra Stone | Dec 29, 2016

A group of seasonal workers who were hired to pick blueberries from Clear Springs Farming filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, citing discrimination and lack of compensation.

California Supreme Court rules retirement is the same as quitting when it comes to a final paycheck

By Katelyn Kivel | Sep 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- A retiring employee is considered to be quitting, the California Supreme Court has ruled in McLean v. State of California.

TransAm Trucking denied appeal in alleged retaliation case

By Dawn Geske | Sep 6, 2016

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has denied a trucking company's request to overturn a decision that said it retaliated against a former employee who left a trailer on the side of the road.

Judge rules creditors’ uncompleted phone calls to debtors still considered 'communication'

By Dawn Brotherton | Aug 15, 2016

WOBURN, Mass. (Legal Newsline) — A Massachusetts Superior Court judge has ruled that missed phone calls directed to voicemail where no message is left are considered communication with a debtor.

FLSA Rising: Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits up sharply, still surging in federal courts

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Aug 24, 2015

Because of the implementation of statutory damages, FLSA lawsuits are on the rise. Companies like Jimmy John's are facing claims that they owe overtime wages to employees whom they previously only paid salaries.

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