Zurich Says Chicago Hotel Is On Its Own In BIPA Suit

By Gina Kim (July 19, 2022, 7:13 PM EDT) — An insurer told an Illinois state court that it shouldn’t have to defend a Chicago hotel accused of illegally storing employees’ fingerprints for clocking in and out of their shifts, citing exclusions often used for Biometric Information Privacy Act coverage suits.

In an 18-page complaint filed Friday seeking declaratory relief, American Zurich Insurance Co. and its units argued that the policies issued to Congress Plaza Hotel contain exclusions that foreclose the possibility of covering a BIPA putative class action filed by hotel employee Erendida Alfaro.

Zurich and its units argued that Alfaro’s underlying complaint doesn’t assert any claims covered by the…

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