Welcome to the Information Website for the Rogers v. BNSF Railway Company.
If you are an individual who visited a BNSF Railway Company (“BNSF”) railyard in Illinois between April 4, 2014, and January 25, 2020, and provided your fingerprint for identification verification, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.
This class action alleges BNSF captured, collected, received through trade, or otherwise obtained the biometrics of individuals who visited its Illinois facilities without receiving informed written consent from those individuals. Plaintiff, a truck driver, claims that BNSF required him to submit his fingerprint biometrics in order to gain access to BNSF’s facilities in Illinois while he was delivering or picking up loads of freight. Plaintiff alleges that this practice of obtaining biometrics without informed written consent violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/et seq., and that Certified Class Members are entitled to recover statutory damages in the amount of $1,000 per negligent violation, in addition to other nonmonetary relief. BNSF denies these allegations.
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