Insurer Fights Franchisees' Bid For Ill. Privacy Suit Coverage

By Allison Grande (March 10, 2020, 10:57 PM EDT) -- American Family Mutual Insurance Co. is seeking to avoid having to cover biometric privacy claims brought against more than a dozen Illinois-based McDonald's franchisees for their allegedly unlawful collection and sharing of employees' fingerprint scans, arguing that the disputed policy doesn't extend to damages stemming from the disclosure of personal information. 

After being hit with a putative class action in Illinois circuit court alleging violations of the state's unique Biometric Information Privacy Act, Amore Enterprises Inc., McGraw Enterprises Inc. and two dozen other franchisees turned to American Family for coverage under one-year Business Owners Liability Insurance policies that the insurer had...

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