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Dec 15, 2021

Ancestry.com Will Have to Face Illinois Class Action Lawsuit

One of three class action claims against Ancestry.com will continue as a result of a federal judge’s recent ruling.

Chicago judge Virginia Kendall on Dec. 7 allowed lawyers to pursue recovery for alleged violation of the Illinois Right of Publicity Act, while tossing claims made under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

The lawsuit seeks to penalize Ancestry.com for using old yearbook photos without permission to advertise its pay service. Lawyers at Clifford Law Offices, Morgan and Morgan and Bursor & Fisher had defended their claims by pointing to a Seattle judge’s decision to let a similar case go forward against Whitepages.

Ancestry.com said it was protected from suit by the Communications Decency Act.

More information may be found at: https://legalnewsline.com/stories/614428335-ancestry-com-will-have-to-face-illinois-class-action-lawsuit.