Suit Filed Against Verified
Providers of the Airport Security CLEAR Program
VIP until recently provided
biometric system solutions for airports, airlines, travel agents and business
travelers in the
During the CLEAR program’s existence, in exchange for an annual membership fee of at least $199 and after completing extensive prescreening procedures in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s guidelines (including the provision of social security numbers, fingerprints and, in some cases, iris scans), CLEAR members were provided with a card that allowed them to access designated airport security fast lanes. It is reported that the CLEAR program had approximately 250,000 members.
On June 22, the CLEAR program ceased operations. On that day, the CLEAR airport kiosks were unstaffed with a paper note stating it had “ceased operations” and passengers should “please utilize regular security checkpoint lanes.” Content on the VIP Web site was removed and replaced with a statement that the company was ceasing operations, effectively immediately.
The lead plaintiff, Stephen
“In the weeks leading up to VIP’s shut down, it continued to both sell and renew extended CLEAR program memberships to consumers and businesses – monies that VIP now refuses to return,” said Todd Schneider of Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP, who is representing the plaintiffs. “VIP entered into contracts with its customers that it would provide expedited airport check-in privileges. The company then terminated the services without refunding membership fees paid by its customers. This conduct is simply wrong. Businesses cannot simply take money from customers and then fail to perform the services for which they were paid without a refund. This type of corporate behavior needs to stop immediately”
In addition to Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP, the plaintiffs are represented by Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP. Individuals or businesses who have purchased membership in the CLEAR program are potentially members of the class action lawsuit and can obtain additional information by calling 415.421.7100 or Chris Fox at 800.290.1952 or visiting http://www.schneiderwallace.com/contact.php.
Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP represents workers and consumers in class action litigation matters around the country. For 16 years, the firm’s attorneys have handled matters involving workplace benefits, disability rights, employment discrimination issues and consumer rights. On the Web: http://www.schneiderwallace.com
Fox & Kilsheimer LLP for more than 30 years has prosecuted investor class
actions and actions involving financial fraud. The firm has offices in