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IF YOU DONATED PLASMA AT A CENTER OWNED BY DEFENDANTS IN ILLINOIS BETWEEN JUNE 10, 2015 AND JULY 25, 2022, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CLAIM A PAYMENT FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.
- This is to inform you that a proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Biomat USA, Inc., Talecris Plasma Resources, Inc. and Interstate Blood Bank, Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) and certain plasma donors who allegedly had their biometric identifiers and/or biometric information collected, possessed, received, captured, stored, or otherwise obtained in connection with donating plasma at one or more of Defendants’ plasma donation centers in Illinois (such as when using a finger-scanning device).
- The lawsuit claims that Defendants violated an Illinois law called the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) by collecting individuals’ biometric data when they used a finger-scanning device without complying with the law’s requirements. Defendants deny those allegations and deny the law’s applicability to them. The Court has not decided who is right or wrong. The Settlement has been preliminarily approved by a federal court in Chicago, Illinois.
- You are included in the Settlement if you scanned your finger on a finger scanning device in connection with donating plasma at either (1) one of Biomat USA or Talecris Plasma Resources’ plasma donation centers located in Illinois between June 10, 2015 and June 10, 2022, or (2) the Interstate Blood Bank plasma donation center located in Illinois between April 8, 2016 and July 25, 2022. If you received a notice of the Settlement in the mail or by text message, our records indicate that you are a Settlement Class Member and are included in the Settlement, and you may submit a claim form online or by mail to receive a cash payment.
- If the Court approves the Settlement, members of the Class who submit valid claims will receive an equal, or pro rata, share of a $16,750,000 settlement fund that Defendants have agreed to establish, after all notice and administration costs, incentive awards, and attorneys’ fees have been paid. Individual payments to Settlement Class Members who submit a valid Claim Form are estimated to be paid as explained in paragraph 5 of the Notice.
Please contact the Settlement Administrator:
Vaughan et al. v. Biomat et al.
c/o Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 2006
Chanhassen, MN 55317-2006
Please do not call the Court.