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August 14, 2019

Biometric Privacy Question Likely Headed To Supreme Court, Lawyer Says

Questions surrounding the viability of biometric data privacy class action lawsuits are likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, a lawyer told the Cook County Record.

The Ninth Circuit recently upheld class certification of a class action lawsuit brought under the Illinois’ Biometric Privacy Act despite the plaintiff not showing a concrete harm. Though many legal experts thought the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision restricted such lawsuits, the Ninth Circuit’s decision “reopen[ed] that debate,” according to Gerald Maatman of the Seyfarth Shaw law firm. Maatman said the issue will likely “find its way to the Supreme Court, for the value and risk created by such class litigation will raise the stakes for corporate defendants.”

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