BIPA Statutory Overview
Courts Interpret BIPA Liability and Damages Broadly
Insurance Available for BIPA Claims
BIPA Statutory Overview
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) presents substantial potential liability to any company doing business in the state. It provides for draconian damages for the use of biometric information that is commonplace in other states. Because Illinois’ BIPA statute is unique in that it... Read More
Violation-of-Law Exclusion Bars Coverage for BIPA Claim; Estoppel Does Not Apply
The Illinois Appellate Court for the First District, in an opinion written by Judge Ellis, applying Illinois law, declined to follow a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit and determined that there were no coverage obligations for an underlying claim asserting violations of the Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740... Read More
Is BIPA the Proverbial “Next Big Thing”?
Plaintiffs’ lawyers are always on the lookout for “the next big thing.” It may be here. In 2008, Illinois became the first state to enact a biometric privacy law that prohibits private companies from collecting, capturing, purchasing, receiving through trade, or otherwise obtaining a person’s biometric information without informing and receiving written consent.... Read More
In May 2021, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on the seminal Illinois insurance coverage case for underlying actions alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. (West 2018) (“BIPA”), West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan, Inc., 2021 IL 125978. It held West Bend had a duty to defend because the... Read More
Defense Costs Owed under Media Liability Coverage
The Appellate Court of Illinois for the First District, applying New York law due to a choice of law provision, held that Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London (“Lloyd’s”) had an obligation to pay for defense expenses for its insured, a technology company, in an underlying lawsuit that alleged the insured violated the Illinois... Read More
Defense Expenses Exhaust SIR
The Southern District of Florida, applying Florida law, held that class action defense expenses incurred by a Florida agricultural business eroded the applicable $1 million self-insured retention (“SIR”) despite the fact that the policy contained another contradictory SIR endorsement.
The coverage dispute arose when US Sugar Corporation (“US Sugar”) successfully defended itself against a class-action lawsuit alleging... Read More