United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District
Case No. 19-cv-05660
IF YOU USED A FINGER SCANNER ATTACHED TO A PARTECH POINT OF SALE SYSTEM WHILE WORKING AT A RESTAURANT IN ILLINOIS YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO A PAYMENT FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
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• A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit between ParTech, Inc. (“Defendant” or “ParTech”) and certain restaurant workers who scanned their finger on a scanner attached to a ParTech point-of-sale system (“POS system”) while working in the State of Illinois. The lawsuit claims that ParTech violated an Illinois law called the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) when it allegedly collected individuals’ biometric data (which also may be referred to as biometric identifiers or biometric information) when they used a finger scanner attached to ParTech’s POS system without complying with the law’s requirements. ParTech has denied it did anything wrong or violated any law. The Court has not decided who is right or wrong. The Settlement has been preliminarily approved by a federal court in Chicago, Illinois.
• You are included in the Settlement if you scanned your finger on a scanner attached to a POS system issued, leased, or sold to your employer by ParTech, and if your alleged biometric data relating to that scan was shared with or stored by ParTech, between March 21, 2014 and March 3, 2022. Those who agreed to ParTech’s e-consent or in writing to the collection of this alleged biometric information before first scanning their finger are not included. The POS systems at issue—those with a finger scanner attached—are used in some restaurants. If you received a Notice of the Settlement in the mail, our records indicate that you are a Class Member and are included in the Settlement. You may contact the Settlement Administrator here through the Contact page of this website to ask whether you are a Settlement Class Member.
• If the Court approves the Settlement, members of the Settlement Class who submit valid claims will receive an equal, or pro rata, share of a $790,000 Settlement Fund that ParTech has agreed to establish, after all Notice and administration costs, incentive award, and attorneys’ fees—if approved by the Court—have been paid. Individual payments to Class Members who submit a valid Claim Form are estimated to be $670 to $1,340, but could be more or less depending on the number of valid claims submitted.
• Please read the Notice carefully. Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or don’t act.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM
This is the only way to receive a payment. You must submit a claim form online or by mail before June 2, 2022.
You will receive no payment under the Settlement and give up your rights to sue Defendant or the other related parties about the issues in this case.
You will receive no payment, but you will retain any rights you currently have to sue Defendant or the other related parties about the issues in this case. The deadline to request exclusion from (opt-out of) the Settlement is May 26, 2022.
Write to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement. The deadline to object to the Settlement is May 26, 2022.
ATTEND A HEARING
Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.
These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice.
The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Payments will be provided only after any issues with the Settlement are resolved. Please be patient.
This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by, the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.
Thursday, June 2, 2022
The deadline to submit a Claim Form is June 2, 2022. See FAQ #7 for more information
Thursday, May 26, 2022
The deadline to request exclusion from (opt-out of) the Settlement is May 26, 2022. See FAQ #14 for more information.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
The deadline to object to the Settlement is May 26, 2022. See FAQ #17 for more information.
Final Approval Hearing Date
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
The Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for July 20, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. To appear at the hearing telephonically, you may call (888) 808-6929 and input the access code 5348076. Please check this website for updates.