Biometrics: The Wave of the Future Sparks a Current Wave of Class Action Litigation

Authors: David S. Almeida, Mark S. Eisen and Courtney C. Booth

Brought about by an obscure state law passed nearly a decade ago—the Illinois Biometric Information Protection Act (740 ILCS 14/1)—the next wave of privacy class action litigation is here and in full-swing.  While an Illinois law, the BIPA is appearing in cases nationwide regarding the collection, storage and use of biometric information.  The BIPA, in short, regulates the collection and use of biometric information (i.e., iris scans, fingerprints, voiceprints and facial geometry).  The BIPA was enacted in 2008, and flew largely under the radar until an initial trickling of class actions, beginning with the first class action filed against Facebook in 2015, and followed shortly thereafter by lawsuits against Google, Shutterfly and Snapchat. Continue reading “Biometrics: The Wave of the Future Sparks a Current Wave of Class Action Litigation”

Benesch Ranks in BTI Litigation Outlook 2018

Benesch has been ranked in the top 20% of all law firms by corporate counsel for Class Actions in BTI Litigation Outlook 2018. Each year BTI reaches out to a strategically designed group of top legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue.

BTI Litigation Outlook 2018 is based solely on in-depth telephone interviews with leading legal decision makers. This comprehensive analysis trends data from more than 4,800 corporate counsel client interviews conducted over the span of 18 years.

Bittersweet: The Chicago Sweetened Beverage Tax Sparks Class Action Litigation

After a protracted legal fight, Cook County’s much maligned Sweetened Beverage Tax went into effect on August 2, 2017.  See County of Cook, § 74-850, et seq.[1]  In relevant part, the tax requires retailers of sweetened beverages to tax $.01 per ounce of sweetened beverage.  For bottled beverages, calculating the tax is fairly straightforward (though, as noted below, putative class action lawsuits over the taxation of bottled water have been filed against companies like PepsiCo and Walgreens).  For fountain drinks—which have caused the biggest litigation headache—the tax is calculated by the number of ounces the cup can hold.

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Northern District Of Illinois Is Botching TCPA Fax Rule

Authors: David Almeida and Mark Eisen

Published in Law360

In 2006, the Federal Communications Commission enacted the so-called solicited fax rule under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This rule required certain byzantine language to appear at the bottom of every single fax advertisement informing recipients how to opt out of receiving future faxes, even if those faxes were requested (i.e., solicited) by the recipients. What is more, violations of this regulation are punishable by between $500 and $1,500 per fax in statutory damages.

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Eight-Figure Class Action Attorney Fee Award Dissolves in the Court of Appeals

Author: Jeremy Gilman (former Partner at Benesch Law)

There’s something uniquely interesting about judicial opinions involving class action attorneys’ fees.  For class counsel, it’s the culmination of years of work.  They researched the claim, brought the case, slogged through discovery, endured motion practice, battled through class certification, lost sleep, sacrificed weekends and holidays, and waited.  If they prevailed on class certification, they high fived each other and pressed forward, preparing for a trial that might never occur, because the case may settle.  And if it does settle, class counsel can get paid for it all. Continue reading “Eight-Figure Class Action Attorney Fee Award Dissolves in the Court of Appeals”

Supreme Court Intensifies Timing Pressure on Federal Securities Claimants

Author: Jeremy Gilman (former Partner at Benesch Law)

It is not uncommon for unnamed class members to opt out of the class when securities class actions veer toward settlement.  They might deem the proposed settlement inadequate, and would prefer at that point to go it alone, perhaps believing they can elicit a better deal.  Continue reading “Supreme Court Intensifies Timing Pressure on Federal Securities Claimants”

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

Author: Jeremy Gilman (former Partner at Benesch Law)

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, 582 U.S. ____ (2017), case no. 16-466. Continue reading “Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements”