NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
Payton v. Autumn Ridge Apartments I, LP, No. 2021-CH-01769,
(Cook County Cir. Ct.) Cook County, Illinois
If you used an alleged fingerprint scanning timeclock while working for any of the following Defendants: Autumn Ridge Apartments I, LP; The Ferndale Realty Group, LLC; The Ferndale Property Management Group, LLC; and Alon Z. Yonatan in Illinois between August 11, 2016 and December 29, 2022, before you signed a biometric consent form, you may be entitled to a payment from a class action settlement.
- A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit between Autumn Ridge Apartments I, LP; The Ferndale Realty Group, LLC; The Ferndale Property Management Group, LLC; and Alon Z. Yonatan (“Defendants”) and some of its current and former Illinois employees. The lawsuit claims that Defendants violated an Illinois law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) by collecting scans of their employees’ fingerprints using a fingerprint scanning timeclock and not complying with the law’s requirements.
- Defendants deny any wrongdoing and maintain that they have not violated any laws. The settlement does not establish who is right. Rather, the Parties chose to settle this lawsuit to avoid the time and expense of continued litigation.
- The lawsuit is called Payton v. Autumn Ridge Apartments I, LP, No. 2021-CH-01769, and is before Judge Allen Price Walker in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, in Chicago, Illinois.
- If you’re eligible, and the Court approves the Settlement, a check will automatically be mailed to you for an amount between $500-$600. You will not have to send in a claim form.
You will receive a payment under the Settlement if you are eligible and give up the right to sue Defendants about the issues in this case.
You will receive NO payment, but you will retain any rights you currently have to sue Defendants about the issues in this case.
Write to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement or any part of it.
These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in the notice.
The Court still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement and checks will only be issued after the Court approves the Settlement. Please be patient.