ALBERT J. PLAWINSKI is an Associate at Edelson PC and a member of the firm’s investigations and mass actions teams. He identifies and evaluates potential cases and works with the firm’s computer forensic engineers to investigate privacy violations by consumer products and IoT devices. Albert also works on the development of the environmental mass tort and mass action cases, including preparing lawsuits on behalf of (1) victims of the California Camp Fire—the largest and most devastating fire in California’s history; (2) individuals exposed to toxic chemicals in their drinking water; and (3) individuals exposed to carcinogenic ethylene oxide.
- P. v. Standard Innovations, No. 1:16-cv-08655 (N.D. Ill.). Alleging that Defendant’s web-enabled sex toy collected consumers’ usage data without permission. The case resulted in the “first-ever settlement involving the internet of things” (Law360, October 2017).
- Zak v. Bose Corp., No.1:17-cv-02928 (N.D. Ill.). Alleging that Defendant collected information on consumers’ music listening histories without permission.
- Dancel v. Groupon Inc., No. 16-ch-01716 (Cir. Ct. Cook County). Challenging Defendant’s unauthorized use of consumers’ social media photos for commercial purposes in violation of the Illinois Right of Publicity Act.
- Mocek v. AllSaints USA Ltd., No. 16-ch-10056 (Cir. Ct. Cook County). Alleging a violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act — a federal statute designed to protect consumers from identity theft — for printing out more than the last five digits of consumers’ credit card numbers.
Awards and Honors:
- CALI award, for receiving the highest grade, in Litigation Technology at the Chicago-Kent College of Law
- While in law school, Albert served as the Web Editor of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property.
Albert was also a research assistant for professor Henry Perritt at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He researched various legal issues pertaining to the emerging consumer drone market such as data collection by drone manufacturers and federal preemption obstacles for states and municipalities seeking to legislate the use of drones.Read More