Jame Roll Form Products Biometric Privacy $538,000 Class Action Settlement

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Jame Roll Form Products has agreed to pay more than $538,000 to resolve claims that it violated Illinois privacy law by collecting biometric data through time clocks.

The settlement benefits individuals who worked for Jame Roll Form Products LLC in Illinois between August 19, 2016 and May 24, 2022, and whose biometric identifiers were collected via fingerprint clocks without the employee n has first given his written consent.

Jame Roll Form Products is a manufacturing company which produces roll forms and custom metal fabrications. This includes angles, arches, beams, supports, channels, closures, covers, crosspieces, flanges, guides, caps, panels, plates, posts, protectors, rails, stakes, stiffeners, rails and many other shapes.

Plaintiffs in a privacy class action claim the company unlawfully collected and stored its employees’ biometric information. This conduct would have violated the rights of employees and put them at risk.

Biometrics includes immutable identification factors such as fingerprints, retina scans, facial geometry and more. Unlike other credentials, biometrics cannot be changed if compromised by a data breach or user error. As a result, Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) to better protect Illinois residents from privacy breaches.

Jame Roll allegedly violated BIPA by collecting employee fingerprints via timekeeping systems without first obtaining the written consent required by law. In addition, the company failed to provide necessary BIPA information, the plaintiffs claim.

Violations of BIPA can result in damages of up to $5,000 per violation. When multiple people are repeatedly affected by BIPA violations, companies can face thousands or millions in penalties. The BIPA class action lawsuit sought damages for each time Jame Roll collected employee fingerprints without their consent.

Jame Roll Form Products has admitted no wrongdoing, but has agreed to resolve these allegations with a $538,125 class action lawsuit. A settlement avoids the costs and risks of pursuing litigation during a trial.

Under the terms of the settlement, class members may receive payment in cash.

Payment amounts will vary depending on the number of claimants participating in the settlement. According to the settlement’s website, class attorneys estimate that each plaintiff will receive between $275 and $400. Actual payments may be higher or lower.

The exclusion and objection deadline is December 1, 2022.

The final approval hearing for the Jame Roll Form Products settlement is scheduled for January 25, 2023.

In order to receive payment from the settlement, Class Members must submit a valid Claim Form by December 1, 2022.

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