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 insight to Law360 on the likely implications of the ongoing Biometric Information Privacy Act litigation concerning Facebook’s photo-tagging tool. Facebook proposed a $650 million settlement to resolve users’ claims it illegally gathered biometric data after a judge rejected the initial $550 million proposed settlement.
Perdew told Law360 the Facebook suit is unique in several respects, but the judge's rejection of the initial deal will almost certainly lead to other courts applying increased scrutiny to data-privacy settlements or settlements for claims with statutory damages. The settlement is pending preliminary approval by the court.
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 article, click here (subscription may be required).