Top Ill. Court Wary Of Claims Workers' Comp Trumps BIPA

By Celeste Bott (September 23, 2021, 5:48 PM EDT) -- Justices on Illinois' high court Thursday questioned whether holding that the state's workers' compensation law preempts claims for statutory damages under the Illinois biometric privacy statute would defeat the purpose of the privacy law altogether.

The court heard oral arguments in a closely watched proposed class action case over whether a former employee's Biometric Information Privacy Act claims over the collection or dissemination of personal information fall under the state Workers' Compensation Act as a workplace injury that occurred in the line of duty.

Justice Michael Burke asked counsel for nursing home operator Symphony Bronzeville Park LLC to explain why BIPA...

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