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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

European Court Rules On Employee Monitoring Programs And Privacy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its decision in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) on September 5, an appeal from a determination by the Romanian courts...more

European Court Provides Further Clarity on Employee Monitoring

by BakerHostetler on

The September 5, 2017, decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Barbulescu v Romania (Barbulescu) has interrupted a recent trend toward limiting privacy in the European workplace. The...more

New Class Action Litigation Risks – What Businesses Need To Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The plaintiffs’ bar has recently brought a flurry of class action lawsuits against businesses under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, commonly known as “BIPA.”...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Summer edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. With a new Administration and executive branch, we are already...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, HR Dive reported on a Washington federal court’s June order requiring that a public employer pay $1.8 million to a terminated employee. The worker was fired when she failed a drug test due to her lawful use of...more

Review Of Previously Opened Email May Violate SCA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the midst of a heated litigation commenced by an employer against its former employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement, an employee returned the cell phone she used during her employment. Prior to...more

Former Employee Need Not Allege Emails Were Unopened to Assert Claim of Unauthorized Access Under Stored Communications Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, a federal court denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a claim that it violated the Stored Communications Act (SCA) by accessing a former employee’s personal emails, concluding that the plaintiff need not...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Narrow Application Of Specific Jurisdiction Will Impede Forum Shopping In Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California, et al., No. 16-466 (U.S. June 19, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court articulated the narrow circumstances under which specific jurisdiction will...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 Term

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

This year’s Supreme Court term may be more memorable for the intrigue and political drama taking place outside the Court than the import of the decisions the Court issued. On April 10, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth...more

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Use Your Company Computer*

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Miller v. Zara USA Inc., (2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 04407, 1st Department June 6th, 2017), the First Department held that where, as here, a company’s written employment guidelines clearly provide that employees have no reasonable...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - May 2017

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Interchange Settlement Appeal - The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's ruling overturning a $7.25 billion settlement agreement in...more

Scam Targets Defendants In Class-Action Cases

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We’ve discussed before how phishing scams target employers. A new scam focuses on defendants who have settled class-action claims. The scammers send wire transfer instructions that appear to come from reputable class-action...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 25 | May 2017

by Jones Day on

Bill to Partially Amend the Civil Code was Passed by the House of Representatives - On April 14, 2017, the House of Representatives passed a bill to partially amend the Civil Code ("Bill"). The Bill is under deliberation in...more

Update: Case Involving Sharing Of Passwords May Be Headed To The Supreme Court

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last August, we reported on a Ninth Circuit case in which a former employee was convicted of a crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) for accessing and downloading information from his former company’s database...more

Q: Could You Be Dragged Into Court For A Company Data Breach? A: It Depends

by Fisher Phillips on

This same time last year, many in the business community were eagerly anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, which was to decide the standard that should be applied to determine whether...more

Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Dismisses Former University Employee’s Claims for Access to Research Materials and Wrongful Termination...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a noteworthy case involving an employed scientist’s allegations of wrongful termination for reporting research misconduct, the Maryland Court of Appeals in Yuan v. Johns Hopkins University refused to recognize the federal...more

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