Walmart To Pay $10M To Resolve Ill. Biometric Privacy Suit

By Celeste Bott (June 29, 2021, 8:09 PM EDT) -- Walmart Inc. has agreed to pay $10 million to resolve claims that it violated Illinois' landmark biometric privacy law when it required workers to scan their handprints to access cash recyclers without obtaining informed consent, in a deal approved by a Chicago state court judge.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Pamela McLean Meyerson determined that the settlement was fair and reasonable, noting that it was reached after arms-length negotiations and mediation, and that a high percentage of class members — 46%, or more than 10,000 members — have already submitted claim forms.

The settlement was approved by Judge Meyerson on June 16....

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