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Alexander Misakian joins Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team in Chicago office

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Misakian brings experience handling a variety of legal matters involving the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, professional liability, premise liability and insurance coverage litigation. He has assisted clients in the development of cybersecurity frameworks, privacy policies and incident response planning, and advised in preparation for and responding to data security breaches, determining and sending required notifications to affected individuals, state regulators, departments of insurances and states’ offices of attorneys general in compliance with regulatory requirements.

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McDonald Hopkins welcomes Manisha P. Reddy to Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Department of the firm’s Chicago office

Friday, December 18, 2020

Manisha P. Reddy has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as an associate in the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group.

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Cyber Master Class presented by MCPc and McDonald Hopkins

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Cyber Master Class is a 5-part webinar series examining the cybersecurity landscape and the anatomy of a data breach.

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Christopher Dean cited in Bloomberg Law

Friday, November 20, 2020

Apple Inc. will have to face a class action claiming the facial recognition feature in its Photos app violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, an Illinois federal court said.

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The People vs. Amazon Alexa: Connected Devices Are Not Hostile Witnesses

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Christopher B. Hopkins article published by American Bar Association: A criminal case made national news, not because of the bizarre circumstances of a death, but due to the fact that Florida prosecutors had subpoenaed audio recordings from an Amazon Alexa device in the bedroom.

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Illinois appellate court holds that Workers' Compensation Act does not preempt claims for statutory damages under Biometric Information Privacy Act

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On Sept. 18, 2020, the Illinois First District Appellate Court issued an important decision on an issue of first impression in Illinois appellate courts, holding that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act does not preempt claims for statutory damages under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Unless it is overturned or withdrawn, the First District’s decision appears to eliminate a potential defense to BIPA claims.

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McDonald Hopkins LLC welcomes Jermaine N. Conner to Litigation Department in firm’s Cleveland office

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Jermaine N. Conner has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as an associate in the Litigation Department of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity group in the Cleveland office.

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Newly proposed Federal Biometrics Privacy Act mirrors controversial - and expensive - Illinois statute

Friday, August 7, 2020

On August 4, 2020, Senators Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders introduced the National Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “National Act”), a data privacy law modeled after the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “Illinois Act”). As Illinois’s experience shows, the proposed act has potential to give rise to a tidal wave of expensive class action lawsuits against all manner of businesses throughout the country. Companies should carefully monitor the progress of the National Act and analyze the impact it would have on their businesses.

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Martin T. McElligott joins Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins LLC

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Martin T. McElligott has joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as an associate in the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau survives constitutional challenge

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation’s top financial privacy watchdog, has survived a constitutional challenge to its very existence. As such, financial institutions subject to the bureau’s jurisdiction are required to remain in compliance with the bureau’s robust privacy regulations.

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