Maricle v. AgReliant Genetics, LLC
AgReliant BIPA Settlement Administrator
2019L000481

Welcome to the Maricle v. AgReliant Genetics, LLC Settlement Website

If you were required to submit your finger scan for timekeeping purposes between April 3, 2014 and September 10, 2020 without first providing the requisite disclosures or obtaining the requisite consent, you may be entitled to a cash payment and two years of dark web identity theft protection services from a class action settlement.

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.

Your Legal Rights and Options

ACTION
EXPLANATION
DO NOTHING If you do nothing, you will receive a settlement payment, but you will not receive dark web identity theft monitoring from the Settlement unless you submit a timely and valid Claim Form. You will still be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court. Unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not be able to file or continue a lawsuit against the Releases regarding any of the Released Claims.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF
November 9, 2020

This deadline has passed.

If you exclude yourself, you will not receive any cash payment or dark web identity theft monitoring, and you will not release any claims you may have against Agreliant and the Releasees (as that term is defined in the Settlement Agreement) and are free to pursue whatever legal rights you may have by pursuing your own lawsuit against the Releasees at your own risk and expense. 

OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT
November 9, 2020

This deadline has passed.

If you do not like the Settlement, you may submit an objection to the Court. 

GO TO THE HEARING
December 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.


Deadline to file a Notice of Appearance:
November 9, 2020

This deadline has passed.

You may appear at the Final Approval Hearing, which is to be held on December 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., at the Circuit Court of Madison County, 155 N Main St, Edwardsville, IL 62025, in person or through counsel to show cause of why the proposed Settlement should not be approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate.

If you hire an attorney in connection with making an objection, that attorney must also file with the Court a notice of appearance by the objection deadline of November 9, 2020. If you do hire your own attorney, you will be solely responsible for payment of any fees and expenses the attorney incurs on your behalf.

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.

Mail

Maricle v. AgReliant Genetics
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91208
Seattle, WA 98111