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L.A. Tan Franchisee’s Insurer Owes Defense in Biometrics Suit

May 21, 2021, 8:21 PM

A business liability insurer must defend an L.A. Tan franchisee in Illinois against a customer’s proposed class action lawsuit alleging the franchisee violated her rights under state biometrics privacy law by collecting her fingerprints and sharing that information with a vendor, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.

The ruling upholds decisions by a pair of lower courts against West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. under two businessowners’ liability policies it issued to Krishna Schaumburg Tan Inc. The state justices agreed that Klaudia Sekura’s lawsuit against Krishna Schaumburg under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act involved the sort of personal injury covered under the ...