Thome v. NOVAtime Technology, Inc.
Case No. 1:19-cv-06256

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  • The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/1, et seq., prohibits private companies from capturing, obtaining, storing, disseminating, and/or using the biometric identifiers and/or information of another individual for any purpose, without first providing such individual with written notice and obtaining a written release. This lawsuit alleges that NOVAtime violated BIPA by allegedly collecting individuals’ biometric data when they used NOVAtime finger-scan and/or hand-scan timeclocks in the State of Illinois, without first providing written notice or obtaining a written release. NOVAtime contests these claims and denies that it violated BIPA.

  • To resolve this matter without the expense, delay, and uncertainties of litigation, the Parties have reached a Settlement, which resolves all claims in the case against the released parties. The Settlement requires a payment of money to the Settlement Class, as well as the payment of settlement administration expenses, attorneys’ fees and costs to Class Counsel, and an incentive award to the Class Representative, if approved by the Court. The Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing and does not imply that there has been, or would be, any finding of a violation of the law. The Court has already preliminarily approved the Settlement. Nevertheless, the Court overseeing this lawsuit must give final approval to the Settlement before it can be effective. The Court has preliminarily certified the Settlement Class for settlement purposes only, so that members of the Settlement Class can be given this notice and an opportunity to submit a Claim Form, if you have not already previously done so, to receive the relief offered by the Settlement. If the Court does not enter a Final Approval Order approving the Settlement, or if the Settlement Agreement is terminated by the Parties, the Settlement will be void, and the lawsuit will proceed as if there had been no settlement and no certification of the Settlement Class.

  • You are a member of the Settlement Class if you scanned your finger and/or hand on a NOVAtime-branded finger-scan and/or hand-scan timeclock in Illinois between August 14, 2014 and October 19, 2020. If you scanned your finger and/or hand on a NOVAtime-branded finger-scan and/or hand-scan timeclock in Illinois during that time-period, you may be a class member and may submit a Claim Form for a cash payment.

    Excluded from the Settlement Class are: (1) any Judge or Magistrate presiding over this action and members of their families, (2) the defendant, defendant’s subsidiaries, parent companies, successors, predecessors, and any entity in which the defendant or its parents have a controlling interest, (3) persons who properly execute and file a timely request for exclusion from the Settlement Class, and (4) the legal representatives, successors or assigns of any such excluded persons.

  • Cash Payments. If you’re eligible, you can submit a Claim Form to receive a cash payment. The amount of such payment is estimated to be approximately $248.90 but is unknown at this time and could be more or less depending on the number of valid Claim Forms submitted. This is an equal share of the $4,200,000.00 Settlement Fund, after the payment of settlement expenses, attorneys’ fees, and any incentive award for the named plaintiff in the litigation approved by the Court.

  • Just complete and verify the short and simple Claim Form. If you are a Settlement Class Member and you want to get settlement benefits, you must complete and submit a valid Claim Form by May 30, 2024. An online Claim Form is available on the website and can be filled out and submitted online. You should also be receiving a paper Claim Form in the mail. You can also download a Claim Form on the website or you can also call 1-833-707-1448 to request an additional paper copy of the Claim Form. All Claim Forms must be postmarked by May 30, 2024. We encourage you to submit a claim online. It’s faster. Only those Settlement Class Members who have not previously submitted a Claim Form are required to submit an Approved Claim to be entitled to a Settlement Payment. All Settlement Class Members who previously submitted an Approved Claim will automatically receive a pro rata share of the Settlement Fund. If you do not recall whether you previously submitted an Approved Claim, you can call 1-833-707-1448 to verify.

    The Claim Form requires you to provide the following information: (i) full name, (ii) current U.S. Mail address, (iii) current contact telephone number and email address, and (iv) a statement that you scanned your finger or hand on a NOVAtime-branded finger-scan and/or hand-scan timeclock at your place of employment in the State of Illinois between August 14, 2014 and October 19, 2020.

  • The Court will hold an in-person Final Approval Hearing on June 28, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly in Courtroom 2103 (rescheduled from June 26). The Court will determine if the settlement is fair, made in good faith, and consider Class Counsel’s request for fees of up to 33.33% of the settlement fund, plus expenses, and an incentive award to the Class Representative of $7,500. Class Counsel’s request will be available on the settlement website. If the Court approves the Settlement, Settlement Class members whose claims were approved by the Settlement Administrator will be sent a check via U.S. Mail. The online Claim Form will provide Class Members with the option of having their Settlement Payment transmitted to them electronically through Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, or a check.

    Please be patient. All checks will expire and become void 90 days after they are issued. Uncashed checks will be donated to a not-for-profit entity agreed to by the Parties and approved by the Court, or such other organization as the Court may order consistent with the Illinois statutory requirements for cy pres recipients.

  • Yes. The Court has appointed lawyers from the law firms of Stephan Zouras, LLC and Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise, LLP as “Class Counsel.” In addition, the Court appointed Plaintiff Timothy Thome to serve as the Class Representative. He is a Class Member like you.

  • You don’t need to hire your own lawyer because Class Counsel is working on your behalf. You may hire your own lawyer, but if you want your own lawyer, you will have to pay that lawyer.

  • Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees of up to 33.33% of the Settlement Fund, plus expenses, and will also request an incentive award of $7,500.00 for the Class Representative from the Settlement Fund. The Court will determine the proper amount of any attorneys’ fees and expenses to award Class Counsel and the proper amount of any award to the Class Representative. The Court may award less than the amounts requested.

  • Accept the Settlement.

    To accept the Settlement, you must submit a Claim Form by May 30, 2024. You may obtain a copy of the Claim Form on the website, and you may submit your Claim Form online too, or by U.S. Mail to the Settlement Administrator at Thome v. NOVAtime Technology, c/o JND Legal Administration, PO Box 91368, Seattle WA 98111. If the Settlement is approved and your Claim Form 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.

    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. If you do nothing and have not previously submitted an Approved Claim, you won’t be able to sue any of the released parties in a future lawsuit about the claims addressed in the settlement, nor will you be entitled any money from the Settlement Fund. Unless you have previously done so, submitting a valid and timely Claim Form is the only way to receive a payment from this Settlement.

    You can submit a Claim Form on the website, or call (833) 707-1448.

  • The Court will hold the in-person Final Approval Hearing at 9:30 a.m. on June 28, 2024, before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly in Courtroom 2103 (rescheduled from June 26). The purpose of the hearing is for the Court to determine whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Class; and whether it was made in good faith.

    Note: The date and time of the fairness hearing are subject to change by Court Order. Directions on attending the hearing and any changes will be posted to the website.

  • No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have. You are, however, welcome to attend. You may also pay a lawyer to attend, but you don’t have to.

  • The Court has approved the following attorneys to represent the Settlement Class. They are called “Class Counsel.” You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer instead, you may hire one at your own expense. 

    Ryan F. Stephan
    James B. Zouras
    Andrew C. Ficzko
    Stephan Zouras, LLC
    222 W. Adams Street, Suite 2020
    Chicago, Illinois 60606
    Tel: 312-233-1550

    Brandon M. Wise
    Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise, LLP
    One US Bank Plaza, Suite 1950
    St. Louis, Missouri 63101
    Tel: 314-833-4827

  • This Notice is only a summary of the proposed Settlement of this lawsuit. More details are in the Settlement Agreement which, along with other documents, can be obtained on the website. If you have any questions, you can call the Settlement Administrator at 1-833-707-1448. In addition to the documents available on the website, all pleadings and documents filed in court may be reviewed or copied in the Office of the Clerk. Please do not call the Judge or the Clerk of the Court about this case. They will not be able to give you advice on your options.


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Thome v. NOVAtime Technology, Inc.
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91368
Seattle, WA 98111