Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)
In the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, which drastically reduced the threshold required for an individual to seek redress for alleged violations of the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA” or “the Act”), companies with operations in the Prairie State have seen an uptick in litigation. We have been providing counsel and litigating under BIPA for years. Our specialized BIPA Practice Group to assists organizations facing challenges under the Act, which requires all private entities that collect or use biometric identifiers or information to take action with respect to such collection, disclosure and retention.
Our BIPA team is at the cutting-edge of defense in the recent wave of class action litigation being brought against Illinois employers and other groups under the Act, handling cases for companies and large insurers. We recognize the challenges that the decision in Rosenbach and subsequent court decisions raise for organizations, both in terms of compliance with the Act and in avoiding costly violations. BIPA allows plaintiffs to recover $1,000.00 per negligent violation and $5,000.00 per intentional or reckless violation. Legal arguments have been crafted by the plaintiffs’ bar to assert potentially astronomical recovery, for instance, as much as $20,000 per employee, per day, for use of a biometric timekeeping device without consent.
If you, your organization, or your clients collect and/or maintain any biometric data within the State of Illinois, you need certainty as to your obligations under BIPA. Our dedicated attorneys are available to outline the legal landscape and provide strategic direction to address all aspects of compliance, insurance coverage, litigation and the BIPA horizon.
Lewis Brisbois, with the largest number ABOTA-certified trial lawyers in the nation, is uniquely positioned to immediately spearhead the defense of BIPA litigation.