Samsung Asks US Court to Block Mass Arbitration in Privacy Case

Samsung Electronics on Thursday urged a U.S. appeals court to reverse a decision allowing thousands of privacy claims to move forward against the company, in case that could help rein in or embolden mass consumer arbitrations.
Samsung told the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that leaving the lower court’s decision in place could force it to pay millions of dollars in arbitration processing fees, giving unfair leverage to the claimants and their lawyers.
Samsung at the hearing also disputed that all of the consumers had arbitration agreements with the company.
The arbitrations against Samsung contend its facial recognition software violated an Illinois state law that restricts the collection and use of biometric information such as facial scans and fingerprints. Samsung has called the claims “frivolous.”
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