Ill. Residents Get Class Cert. In Instant Checkmate Suit

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By Celeste Bott (March 31, 2022, 8:15 PM EDT) — An Illinois federal judge Thursday certified two classes of Illinois residents who claim that the listing of their names and other personal information on a searchable, SEO-optimized Instant Checkmate background check directory violated a Prairie State right of publicity law.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman denied the certification motion as to one plaintiff, Tiffany Adams, because he ruled in July she must arbitrate her claims against Instant Checkmate, having bound herself to an arbitration agreement when she agreed to the website’s terms of use, but gave the green light for plaintiffs Stephanie Lukis and Robert Fischer to represent the classes….

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