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YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO A CASH PAYMENT FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT IF YOU SCANNED YOUR FINGER FOR TIMEKEEPING PURPOSES DURING THE APPLICABLE CLASS PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 30, 2012 WHILE WORKING FOR HYATT CORPORATION IN ILLINOIS.

 

The Court has authorized notice of a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit, Rapai v. Hyatt Corporation d/b/a Hyatt Lodge, No. 2017-CH-14483, pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois before the Honorable Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos. The Settlement would resolve a lawsuit brought on behalf of persons who allege that Hyatt Corporation required its employees to provide a scan of their finger or fingerprint for timekeeping purposes without complying with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS § 14/1, et seq. (“BIPA”). This website explains the nature of the class action lawsuit, the terms of the Settlement, and the legal rights and obligations of the Settlement Class Members.

The Settlement creates a $1,068,300.00 Settlement Fund for the Class Members, which which will be used to pay valid claims, settlement administration expenses, attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses, and a Class Representative Incentive Award. All Settlement Class Members are entitled to submit a Claim Form in order to receive a cash payment out of the Settlement Fund. If the Settlement is approved, each Settlement Class Member who submits a timely Claim Form that is deemed valid will be entitled to an equal payment paid out of the Settlement Fund. The exact amount of each Class Member’s payment is unknown at this time. The per-person payment to each valid claimant is estimated to be approximately $1,500.00 but depends on unknown factors to be determined, including the total number of valid Claim Forms submitted. This website and the notice explain the nature of the class action lawsuit, the terms of the Settlement, and the legal rights and obligations of the Settlement Class Members.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
(1) Accept the Settlement.

To accept the Settlement and receive payment from the Settlement Fund, you must submit a Claim Form by December 24, 2021. You may submit a Claim Form by using the File Claim tab above, or you may obtain a copy of the Claim Form on the Case Documents tab above, complete it, and send it by email to Info@HyattBIPASettlement.com, or by U.S. Mail to the Settlement Administrator at P.O. Box 43208, Providence, RI 02940-3208. If the Settlement is approved and your claim is deemed valid, a check will be mailed to you. Submitting a valid and timely Claim Form is the only way to receive a payment from this Settlement, and is the only thing you need to do to receive a payment.

(2) Exclude yourself.
You may exclude yourself from the Settlement. If you do so, you will not receive any cash payment, but you will not release any claims you may have against the Released Parties (as that term is defined in the Settlement Agreement) and are free to pursue whatever legal rights you may have by pursuing your own lawsuit against the Released Parties at your own risk and expense. To exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must mail a signed letter to the Settlement Administrator at Hyatt Corporation BIPA Settlement, Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 43208, Providence, RI 02940-3208, postmarked by December 3, 2021. The exclusion letter must state that you exclude yourself from this Settlement and must include the name and case number of this Litigation, as well as your full name, address, telephone number, email address, and a statement that you wish to be excluded from the Settlement Agreement. You may also exclude yourself online using the Opt-Out tab above.

(3) Object to the Settlement.

If you wish to object to the Settlement, you must submit your objection in writing to the Clerk of the Court of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 802, Chicago, IL 60602. The objection must be postmarked no later than December 3, 2021. You must also send a copy of your objection to the attorneys for all Parties to the lawsuit, including Lead Class Counsel (Timothy P. Kingsbury of McGuire Law, P.C., 55 West Wacker Drive, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601), as well as Defendant Hyatt Corporation’s counsel (Lisa Handler Ackerman of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, 55 W. Monroe Street, Suite 3800, Chicago, IL 60603) postmarked no later than December 3, 2021. Any objection to the proposed Settlement must include include: (i) your full name, address, telephone number, and email address; (ii) the case name and number of this Litigation; (iii) all grounds for the objection, with factual and legal support for the stated objection, including any supporting materials; (iv) the identification of any other objections you have filed, or have had filed on your behalf, in any other class action cases in the last four years; and (v) your signature. If you hire an attorney in connection with making an objection, that attorney must also file with the Court a notice of appearance by the objection deadline of December 3, 2021. If you do hire your own attorney, you will be solely responsible for payment of any fees and expenses the attorney incurs on your behalf. If you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you cannot file an objection.

You may appear at the Final Approval Hearing, which will be held via Zoom (Meeting ID: 946 7646 3310, Password: 145041, Dial-In Number: (312) 626-6799) (or as the Court otherwise directs), on January 20, 2022 at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom 2502 of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602, in person or through counsel to show cause why the proposed Settlement should not be approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate. Participating in the hearing is not necessary; however, persons wishing to be heard orally in opposition to Final Approval of the Settlement, the request for attorneys’ fees and expenses, and/or the request for an Incentive Award to the Class Representative are required to indicate in their written objection their intention to appear at the hearing on their own behalf or through counsel and to identify the names of any witnesses they intend to call to testify at the Final Approval Hearing, as well as any exhibits they intend to introduce at the Final Approval Hearing. The hearing date and time, and whether the hearing will be conducted remotely, is subject to change by the Court, so please check this Website for updates.

(4) Do Nothing.
If you do nothing, you will receive no money from the Settlement Fund, but you will still be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court. Unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not be able to file or continue a lawsuit against Defendant or other Released Parties regarding any of the Released Claims as those terms are defined in the Settlement Agreement. Submitting a valid and timely Claim Form is the only way to receive a payment from this Settlement.

 

If you have any questions about your options under this Settlement, please click here for our answers to Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Settlement Administrator at info@HyattBIPASettlement.comor by calling 1-866-832-3370.

Important Dates

December 3, 2021

  Deadline for Class Members to Exclude themselves from Settlement

December 3, 2021

  Deadline for Class Members to Object to the Settlement

December 24, 2021

  Claims Deadline

January 20, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

  Final Approval Hearing