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The Lawyer Full Employment Action of 2018

by Reed Smith on

On January 30, 2018, Judge Goodwin entered four case management orders in the Ethicon, Boston Scientific, Bard, and American Medical Systems mesh MDLS. These CMOs establish discovery and briefing deadlines for 13200, 6174,...more

Keeping Your Biometrics Private

by Reed Smith on

Suparossa Restaurant Group LLP, a Chicago-based restaurant company, has been served with a class action complaint alleging that the company has violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). The BIPA is an...more

Data Protection: Was an Employer Liable for an Employee's Malicious Data Breach

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Various Claimants v WM Morrisons Supermarket PLC [2017] EWHC3 113 (QB), the High Court considered whether an employer was liable for an employee’s malicious disclosure of personal data belonging to other employees. This...more

The Rise of Trade Secret Litigation in the Digital Age

U.S. courts have recognized trade secret protection for more than 200 years, and companies have long relied on trade secrets to guard iconic intellectual property, such as the ingredients for Coca-Cola and the Big Mac’s...more

If Your Employment Agreements Use This One Word, Ownership of Your Patents May Be in Jeopardy

by Carlton Fields on

What is the difference between an employment agreement that says “I hereby assign inventions I create during my employment to my employer,” and one that says “I will assign inventions I create during my employment to my...more

Employers Can Be Vicariously Liable For Employee Data Breaches

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United Kingdom High Court recently issued a landmark liability judgment against the supermarket, Morrisons, following a data breach caused by a rogue employee (Various Claimants v. WM Morrisons Supermarket [2017] EWHC3113...more

Recent Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Could End The Recent Flood Of Class Action Lawsuits Against Employers Under Illinois'...

by Littler on

Since mid-September 2017, more than 50 employers that use “biometric timeclocks” in Illinois have been targeted with class action lawsuits alleging violations of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). A...more

How Not To Stub Your Toe On Pay Stub Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Perhaps no law is a better example of California’s finicky wage and hour rules than Labor Code section 226, which governs the format, content, and issuance of pay stubs. Even well-intentioned and otherwise careful employers...more

Recent Surge in Class Actions Involving “Biometric” Data: What Employers Need to Know and Do Now

by Epstein Becker & Green on

In the past six months alone, roughly 30 employment class actions have been filed in Illinois claiming violations of a state law that some employers may have never even heard of, or are only vaguely familiar with—the 2008...more

Illinois’ BIPA statute – Finally Some Good News for Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) has exploded in the last six months, defendants have been eagerly awaiting guidance...more

Illinois Appellate Court Delivers Potentially Fatal Blow To “No-Injury” Lawsuits Under The Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

On December 21, 2017, an Illinois appellate court issued an opinion that will significantly slow down the onslaught of putative class action lawsuits filed under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). In...more

Illinois Appellate Court Turns The Tide In Favor Of Employers In Class Actions Brought Under The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Illinois Information Biometric Privacy Act (“BIPA”) has exploded in the last six months, defendants have been eagerly awaiting guidance...more

The Second Circuit Provides A Roadmap For Employers Defending Claims Under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Littler on

While the emergence of biometric technology in the workplace is not a new phenomenon, employers being sued for utilizing this technology is a new trend. Over the past three months, more than 30 class action lawsuits have...more

New HR Technology Breeds A Rise In Class Action Litigation

by Akerman LLP on

Many employers concerned about facility security or employees clocking in and out for each other have begun to utilize finger scan technology. Although that may have solved one problem, it may have created a much more serious...more

The Second Circuit Weighs In On Tidal Wave Of Class Actions Under The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As biometric technology has become more advanced and affordable, more companies and employers have begun implementing procedures and systems that rely on biometric data. ...more

Health Alert (Australia) 27 November 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Administrative Appeals Tribunal 21 November 2017 - Wong v Minister for Health [2017] AATA 2296 - PROCEDURE – whether...more

Second Circuit Delivers Limited Victory to Defendant Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and Spokeo.

by Locke Lord LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a case under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), finding that none of the alleged violations created a...more

Biometric Privacy Targeted In Increased Class Action Litigation in Illinois

by Bryan Cave on

Even as technology advances and consumers become more accustomed to providing their fingerprints in routine, everyday transactions (such as unlocking their cellular phones), private entities, and employers in particular, are...more

Practical Reminder: Personal Email Is Discoverable

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Last week, a federal judge presiding over a sex discrimination case ordered several members of management to search their personal email accounts and turn over all relevant information. The ruling serves as a reminder of the...more

SCOTUS Will Not Review CFAA Password Sharing Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United State Supreme Court recently denied certiorari in Nosal v. United States, 16-1344, declining to weigh in on the scope of unauthorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). The Ninth Circuit held...more

Beware the Fine (Thumb) Print: Insurance Coverage for the Storm of Class Actions Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy...

by Reed Smith on

Since July 2017, national, regional and local businesses operating in Illinois have been hit with a virtual storm of class actions under the Illinois Biometrics Privacy Act (“BIPA”). BIPA regulates how businesses may record...more

Airline Cargo Company Sued Under Illinois Biometric Law

Alliance Ground International is the latest company to be sued for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) for collecting and storing its employees’ fingerprints without their consent....more

Employee Fingerprinting and the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act: Class Action Suits Filed

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On September 29, 2017, a group of employees at Peacock Foods filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the company’s collection of employee fingerprints for time-tracking purposes violated the Illinois Biometric Information...more

Hazards Ahead: Uptick In Biometric Privacy Laws Can Put Employers In Hot Seat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A string of recent class action lawsuits regarding businesses’ use of employees’ biometric data should put employers on heightened alert regarding compliance with various state biometric privacy laws....more

Looking the Other Way: European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber Determines Employer Monitoring of Electronic Communications...

In a case highlighting the European Continent’s approach to worker privacy, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that employers may violate employees’ rights when monitoring their electronic...more

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