Nearly 1.4 million Illinois Facebook users have filed claims in $650 million privacy settlement, with Monday deadline looming
CHICAGO — Illinois Facebook users have until Monday to claim their share of a $650 million class action settlement over alleged violations of the state’s biometric privacy law.Nearly 1.4 million people had filed a claim as of Wednesday, which would make the expected payout about $400 each, Chicago attorney Jay Edelson said.In April 2015, Edelson filed the initial lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiff Carlo Licata, alleging the social media giant’s use of facial tagging features without consent was not allowed under Illinois privacy law.The case was moved to Chicago federa...
2021 Cadillac Escalade's features and tech propel luxury SUV to leadership
If it’s possible to be simultaneously iconic and underappreciated, the Cadillac Escalade qualifies. The ‘Slade — a nickname I despise, but hey, how many vehicles are special enough to have nicknames these days? — is the ride of choice for star athletes and celebrities, featured in music videos and prime time soaps like HBO’s “Succession.”When you arrive in an Escalade, you have arrived.Despite that, know-it-all auto writers like me tended to dismiss the Escalade when the conversation turns to the best luxury SUVs. A friend who knows the auto industry as well as anybody I know looked at me like...
Detroit Free Press
Former WNBA star Cappie Pondexter found after she was feared missing
Cappie Pondexter has gone AWOL twice and arrested in the span of a week, but has since been found safe.The former WNBA and Liberty legend was first thought to be missing since Monday after those close to her were unable to get in touch with her for several days. Her wallet and phone were found in her home, according to multiple reports.Pondexter, who a friend told The Athletic was “not in the best mental state,” was arrested on suspicion of battery, according to the Associated Press. Police did not witness the incident and arrested Pondexter on someone else’s complaint. She was released on her...
New York Daily News
Broward School Board demands psychiatric records from Parkland parents
PARKLAND, Fla. — Their sons and daughters died in the Stoneman Douglas massacre. They sued the Broward School Board, the sheriff and others for the loss of their children.Now parents and other victims are being asked to turn over their psychiatric records to prove they suffered mental anguish over the tragedy.The demand, contained in documents filed in lawsuits blaming the Broward school district for failing to identify and stop the threat posed by gunman Nikolas Cruz, has families of the victims enraged.In formal court responses, school board member Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter is one of tho...
Running an election in a pandemic, in 10 steps
WASHINGTON — When the pandemic hit and more than a thousand usual poll workers backed out of working the April primary in Madison, Wisconsin, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl needed replacements who were available to work late, had customer service skills and knew how to assess a photo ID.Coincidentally, her office also handles licensing for a couple thousand people who fit that description and were out of work because of COVID-19: bartenders.Chad Vogel, who owns three bars on the east side of town, worked at the elementary school that serves as his own neighborhood polling place — and he ran i...