By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Thomas E. Ahlering

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following in the footsteps of New York, Maryland recently introduced a standalone biometric information privacy bill, House Bill 218, that mirrors Illinois’ highly litigious Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS § 14/1 et seq., “BIPA”) in many respects.  Most notably, as presently drafted, Maryland’s proposed bill, like
Continue Reading Maryland Joins Growing Number Of States Introducing Biometric Information Privacy Bills With Potential To Spur Class Action Litigation

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Thomas E. Ahlering, Paul Yovanic, Jr.

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York state legislature recently introduced a standalone biometric information privacy bill, AB 27, that mirrors Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS § 14/1 et seq., “BIPA”), which has spawned thousands of class actions in the Land of Lincoln. If enacted, The New
Continue Reading Employers Take Note – New York Introduces A Biometric Information Privacy Bill Identical To The Illinois BIPA

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Andrew D. Welker, and Alex S. Oxyer

Seyfarth Synopsis: Every year the American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”) publishes its “Judicial Hellholes Report.” The Report focuses on litigation issues in state court systems and challenges for corporate defendants in the fair and unbiased administration of justice. The ATRA’s 2019-2020 Report was recently published; find a
Continue Reading The 2019-2020 Judicial Hellholes Report On The Worst Jurisdictions For Defendants

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Thomas E. Ahlering and Andrew R. Cockroft

Seyfarth Synopsis: While most employers are likely familiar with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), they should know that Illinois is not the only state with a biometric privacy law and many other states are not far behind from joining that group.  In addition to states
Continue Reading Copy-Cat Class Actions Meet Copy-Cat Legislation: Illinois’ BIPA Spurs New Biometric Privacy Legislation Across The Nation

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Thomas E. Ahlering, and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Illinois Supreme Court held in its first ever ruling concerning the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) that a person need not have sustained actual damage beyond technical violations of BIPA in order to pursue claims for damages.  The Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling will
Continue Reading Illinois Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling Interpreting The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Thomas E. Ahlering

 Seyfarth Synopsis:  As the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy (“BIPA”) has exploded in the last six months, defendants have been eagerly awaiting guidance from an Illinois appellate court regarding what a Plaintiff must allege in order to have a viable right of action
Continue Reading Illinois Appellate Court Turns The Tide In Favor Of Employers In Class Actions Brought Under The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act Alleging Mere Technical Violations