Bloomberg Quotes From Locke Lord Partners’ Analysis of Facebook’s Pending $650M Biometric Privacy Settlement

July 23, 2020

Chicago Partner Rusty Perdew, a member of Locke Lord’s Class Actions Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Consumer Products, Retail & Franchise Industry Group, provided comment to Bloomberg on the ongoing Biometric Information Privacy Act litigation against Facebook. Perdew discussed the $650 million settlement Facebook proposed to resolve users’ claims the company’s photo-tagging tool illegally gathered biometric data, which is pending preliminary approval from the court.

”Although the Facebook litigation is unique in several respects, the court’s initial rejection of a half-billion settlement and demand for a ‘record-breaking’ settlement will almost certainly lead to other courts applying significantly increased scrutiny to data-privacy settlements or settlements for claims with statutory damages,” Perdew said.

Perdew analyzed the implications of the pending settlement in this case with Hartford Partner Tara Trifon, a member of Locke Lord’s Privacy & Cyber Litigation and Enforcement Team. To read their QuickStudy on the topic, click here. To read the full Bloomberg article, click here (subscription may be required).