Important Update: On December 10, 2020, the Court granted final approval of the Settlement. A copy of the Final Approval Order is available here.
What is the lawsuit about?
On July 29, 2020 and September 10, 2020, the Circuit Court of Madison County preliminarily approved a class action settlement in the case Maricle v. AgReliant Genetics, LLC. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq., prohibits private companies from capturing, obtaining, storing, transferring, and/or using biometric identifiers and/or information from an individual for any purpose without first providing such individual with a written disclosure and obtaining written consent. This lawsuit alleges that AgReliant violated BIPA by requiring their current and/or former employees to submit their finger scan for timekeeping purposes between April 3, 2014 and September 10, 2020 without first providing the requisite disclosures or obtaining the requisite consent. AgReliant contests these claims and deny that they violated BIPA.
To resolve this matter without the expense, delay, and uncertainties of litigation, the Parties have reached a Settlement, which resolves all claims against AgReliant and their affiliated entities. The Settlement requires AgReliant to pay money to the Settlement Class, to provide dark web identity theft monitoring services for two years to the Settlement Class, as well as to pay settlement administration expenses, attorneys’ fees and costs to Class Counsel, and an incentive award to the Class Representative, if approved by the Court. The Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by AgReliant and does not imply that there has been, or would be, any finding that AgReliant violated the law.
Who is in the Settlement Class?
You are a member of the Settlement Class if, at any time between April 3, 2014 and September 10, 2020 you were required to provide your finger scan for timekeeping purposes to AgReliant. If you provided your finger scan for timekeeping purposes at any time during this time period, then you do not need to do anything in order to receive a settlement payment once the Settlement becomes final.