Law firm launches biometric practice group
19 March 2019 16:51 GMT

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP has established a new practice group-the Biometric Privacy Practice Group-to better support clients' needs in the areas of privacy and data protection.

The new group will be chaired by partner Ian H. Fisher and will focus on claims relating to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) and the emergence of biometric privacy issues across the country. Fisher and Gillian G. Lindsay will represent employers, timekeeping technology companies, and other clients using and implementing biometric data with BIPA and privacy compliance and class-action defense.

"The creation of this new practice group is a response to our growing experience in this emerging area of law," said Hahn Loeser's CEO & Managing Partner Marc J. Kessler. "Ian and his team are assisting clients in navigating cutting-edge issues in biometric privacy law and are well positioned to respond to the expanding legal needs in this area."

The launch of the Firm's Biometric Privacy Practice Group follows the January Illinois Supreme Court decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., et. al, which drastically reduced the threshold harm required for an individual to bring suit under BIPA.  Illinois has passed the strongest biometric privacy statute in the United States. BIPA provides aggrieved persons with a private right of action and significant statutory damages. Claims can be readily combined into class actions, exponentially increasing financial risk for businesses.

"The use of biometric data will expand and grow in ways we cannot predict," said Fisher. "We assist clients with implementing best practices for using biometric technology in their businesses; we reduce their potential risk."

Fisher noted that with the ruling in, Rosenbach in January, the Supreme Court made it much easier for workers to bring suit against their employers for technical violations of the state's biometric information privacy statute. Lindsay commented, "In the past two years, more than 200 class actions have been filed in Illinois, and that number will grow in response to this ruling. As companies integrate this type of emerging technology into their businesses, they need counsel who can help them navigate this new landscape."