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Following SCOTUS Cert Denial, Facebook Settles BIPA Case for $550 Million

One decision, two far-reaching effects. This aptly describes the Supreme Court’s Jan. 21, 2020, decision to deny Facebook’s petition for certiorari in Patel v. Facebook. The Supreme Court’s denial spelled an end to Facebook’s nearly five-year quest to dismiss this case, which began in August 2015 when three Facebook users filed a consolidated putative class action alleging that … Continue Reading

In BIPA’s Wake, a Wave of New Biometric Privacy Proposals

Over the past year, a host of new national, state and local laws have been introduced to regulate the collection and use of biometric information. Although these proposals vary in their requirements, certain elements appear to be inspired in part by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which has been the subject of significant … Continue Reading

Wearables in The Arena: The Shifting Legal Landscape Governing Fitness Trackers in Professional Sports

The use of wearable technology (colloquially known as “wearables”) has been on the radar of athletes, sponsors, sports teams and leagues for years, with the various constituencies carefully balancing the necessity for player privacy with growing professional and financial interests. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA, which overturned the Professional and Amateur … Continue Reading
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