CHRISTOPHER L. DORE is Of Counsel at Edelson PC. Chris joined Edelson in 2008 and served as a Partner from 2013 to 2022. Specifically, Chris for years led Edelson’s Case Development and Investigations Team, overseeing the origination and evaluation of new cases and referrals, with particular emphasis on privacy and technology, and consumer protection. Chris also spent the past several years helping to grow all aspects of the firm’s mass tort practice. In 2022, Chris left the Edelson partnership to pursue certain investment and advisory opportunities, particularly in emerging legal markets. He continues to work with the firm in a consulting role with respect to various ongoing and special projects.
In the firm’s privacy and technology practice, Chris has led the investigation and development of myriad novel and groundbreaking cases, including data breach litigation, unlawful interception and collection of personal data, IoT, systematic digital security failures, improper sharing of data, and the regulation of biometrics. Chris played a primary role in uncovering the widespread unlawful collection and use of biometric information, like facial recognition technology. This investigation led to a first of its kind class action against Facebook under the Biometric Information Privacy Act, alleging Facebook collected facial recognition data from its users without authorization. That case resulted in the largest-ever privacy settlement in US history. See In re Facebook Biometric Privacy Litigation, 15-cv-03747 (N.D. Cal.) ($650 million classwide settlement).
Chris also was an integral part of the team that developed a series of first-of-their-kind class actions against social gaming companies operating through mobile apps and other online platforms, alleging violations of state gambling law, which have resulted in settlements worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Kater v. Churchill Downs Downs, Inc., 15-cv-00612 (W.D. Wash.) (Settled for $155,000,000), Wilson v. Playtika, Ltd., 18-cv-05277 (W.D. Wash.) (Settled for $38,000,000). See also In Re: Apple Inc. App Store Simulated Casino-Style Games Litigation, 21-md-02985 (N.D. Cal.) and Wilkinson et al v. Facebook, Inc., 21-cv-02777 (N.D. Cal.).
Chris has additionally investigated and developed cases alleging that major players in the crypto industry defrauded consumers. See Greene, et al v. MtGox Inc., et al., No. 14-cv-01437 (N.D. Ill.); Hussein v. Coinabul, LLC, et al., No. 14-cv-05735 (N.D. Ill.); Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange, Inc. v. Binance Holdings LTD., 20-cv-06445 (N.D. Cal.). And he helped develop the first ever genetic privacy action against a leading direct-to-consumer DNA testing company accused of disclosing customers’ DNA test results without permission.
In the mass action space, Chris has assisted in, among others, the development of and representation in cases involving (1) hundreds of individuals suffering from exposure to the air pollutant ethylene oxide (“EtO”); (2) thousands of former football players suffering from the long-term effects of concussive and sub-concussive hits to the head; (3) thousands of families who lost their homes, businesses, and even loved ones in the 2018 “Camp Fire” and the 2020 Oregon Wildfires; and (4) thousands of consumers exposed to toxic PFAS in their drinking water.
In the area of consumer protection, Chris has helped develop hundreds of cases, from those asserting claims related to deceptive design and marketing of products, to violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), to cases focused on employment issues, and unfair practices in the healthcare, banking, and insurance industries.
- Doe v. Roblox Corporation, 21-cv-03943 (N.D. Cal.)
- Dickey v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 15-cv-04922 (N.D. Cal.)
- Wakefield v. Visalus, Inc., 15-cv-01857 (D. Or.)
- Doty v. ADT, LLC, 20-cv-60972 (S.D. Fl.)
- Doe v. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 2020-CH-04123 (Cook Cnty)
- Brown v. Adtalem Global Education, Inc. et al, 19-cv-00250 (W.D. Mo.)
- Dancel v. Groupon, Inc.19-1831 (N.D. Ill.)
- In re 24 Hour Fitness Prepaid Memberships Litigation, 16-cv-01668 (N.D. Cal.)
- Dinerstein v. Google, LLC et al, 19-cv-04311 (N.D. Ill.)
- Birchmeier et al v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc., 12-cv-04069 (N.D. Ill.)
- Cristman v. DraftKings Inc., 21-cv-11092 (E.D. Mich.)
- Mata v. Digital Recognition Network, Inc., 21-cv-01485 (S.D. Cal.)
- Amans v. Tesla, Inc., 21-cv-03577 (N.D. Cal.)
- Sosa v. Onfido, Inc.,20-cv-04247 (N.D. Ill.)
- Sha-Poppin Gourmet Popcorn LLC v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A, 20-cv-02523 (N.D. Ill.)
- Risher v. Adecco Inc., 19-cv-05602 (N.D. Cal.)
- Bouvy v. Analog Devices, Inc. et al, 19-cv-00881 (S.D. Cal.)
- In re: Society Insurance Company COVID-19 Business Interruption Protection Insurance Litigation, MDL 2964, (N.D. Ill.)
- Zak v. Bose Corporation, 17-cv-02928 (N.D. Ill.)
- Cole v. Gene by Gene, Ltd., No. 1:14-cv-00004-SLG (D. Alaska)
In addition to representing consumers, Chris worked closely with Edelson’s Public Client and Government Affairs practice group, assisting in the development of and representation in cases for a number of government regulators at the state, county, and municipal levels. These clients and cases include:
- The District of Columbia and the People of the State of Illinois, by and through the State’s Attorney of Cook County, in lawsuits against the world’s largest social network, Facebook, and Cambridge Analytica—a London-based electioneering firm—for allegedly collecting (or allowing the collecting of) and misusing the private data of 50 million Facebook users.
- The State of New Mexico in a privacy suit, alleging that Google LLC violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501, et seq., and various state laws, by collecting data from children under the age of 13 through its G-Suite for Education products and services.
- The City of Chicago and Cook County State’s Attorney in their consolidated data breach/failure to notify lawsuit against Uber Technologies.
- The City of Chicago in the Marriott data breach litigation.
- The State of Idaho, along with dozens of other governmental entities, unions, and private insurance funds, seeking to recover from the devastation of the opioid crisis.
Chris also led the investigation of a first of its kind class action alleging that a prominent club volleyball program committed fraud by concealing the owner and head coach’s alleged history of sexually abusing teenage girls in his care. Chris was likewise the lead from his team in investigating of infamous plaintiff’s lawyer Tom Girardi and his firm, Girardi Keese, leading to the filing of Edelson v. Girardi, which revealed for the first time the depth of Girardi’s alleged ponzi scheme and systematic failures to ethically represent his clients.
Chris received his law degree from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, his M.A. in Legal Sociology from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (located in Onati, Spain), and his B.A. in Legal Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chris also serves on the Illinois Bar Foundation, Board of Directors.
- Guest Lecturer at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Complex Litigation (2011-2015).
- Guest Lecturer at the University of Minnesota Law School (Spring 2016).
- Chris has been asked to appear on television, radio, and in national publications to discuss consumer protection and privacy issues, as well as asked to lecture at his alma mater on the class action practice.
- TV and radio appearances include interviews on CNBC’s Power Lunch, NPR, NBC News, among other national and regional programs. Chris has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fortune, Law360, Bloomberg, and the National Law Journal, among others.
- Panelist, IAPP’s Privacy Bar Forum, Privacy Litigation (Washington, D.C.).
- Panelist, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference (Cleveland).
- Panelist, King & Spalding Cybersecurity & Privacy Summit (Atlanta).
- Panelist, American Bar Association’s National Institute on Cybersecurity (New York).
- Panelist, American Conference Institute’s Cyber Security and Data Privacy & Protection(Washington, D.C.).
- Dialogue Leader and Panelist, Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Annual Meeting (Scottsdale).
- Panelist, NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum(Philadelphia).
- Dialogue Leader and Panelist, Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Mid-Year Meeting (Miami).
- Panelist, Georgetown Law Cybersecurity Law Institute (Washington, D.C.).
- Panelist, Cybersecurity Summit (Atlanta).
- Panelist, South Florida Privacy and Data Security Law Summit (Miami).
- Panelist, HarrisMartin’s Data Breach Litigation Conference(San Diego).
- Contributing Drafter, Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Data Security Compendium (2015).