Cases & Deals

McDonald's obtains dismissal after moving for summary judgment on BIPA claims

Client(s) McDonald's Corporation

Jones Day defended McDonald's Corporation against allegations that an artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) system for automating orders at a restaurant drive-thru violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by capturing Plaintiff's biometric information when he placed his restaurant order. McDonald's moved for summary judgment because its system, which performed Natural Language Processing (NLP), operated as a speech recognition system, and could not be used to perform speaker recognition or any voice biometric speaker assessment. Shortly after McDonald's moved for summary judgment, the parties agreed to dismiss the suit.

Carpenter v. McDonald's Corp., No. 1-21-cv-02906 (N.D. Ill.)