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After winning settlement, lawyers fight over their shares of the spoils in NCAA concussion class action

Dan Churney Sep. 19, 2017, 4:54pm

Lawyers are scrimmaging in Chicago federal court over $21 million in fees for handling the nationwide concussion lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries.

Lawsuits vs Ace Hardware, Empire Today, Kmart, add to litigation over website accessibility for the blind

Dan Churney Sep. 11, 2017, 5:05pm

A blind woman is alleging in Chicago federal court that three major Chicago-area-based retailers - Ace Hardware, Empire Today and Kmart - are denying her, and similarly vision-impaired people, access to their websites in violation of federal law.

Federal appeals panel: Judge's OK of class action vs Blue Cross amounted to unexplained 'judicial fiat'

Dan Churney Sep. 5, 2017, 5:33pm

A Chicago federal appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit, which alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates overcharged beneficiaries, then passed the profits back to Blue Cross, saying a Springfield federal judge overlooked “glaring problems” when allowing the suit to proceed as a class action.

Judge sinks footlong sub sandwich suit, calls dismissed action ‘worthless’ and a ‘racket’

Dan Churney Aug. 28, 2017, 12:30pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel suffered heartburn from a class-action suit, which claimed Subway Footlong sandwiches cheat customers by occasionally measuring just under a foot, likening the litigation to a “racket” that lines the pockets of plaintiffs’ lawyers, but does little else

Judge: Not enough proof tying suburban Palestinian groups to Hamas to enforce $156M judgment

Dan Churney Aug. 25, 2017, 10:00am

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against suburban Palestinian aid groups, which alleged the groups were disguised versions of defunct Hamas support organizations that owed a $156 million judgment to a couple whose son was killed by Hamas in a terrorist attack in Israel, saying there was not enough evidence to show the new groups were alter egos of the old ones.

Appeals court shears class action vs Regency beauty school, says students not employees under FLSA

Dan Churney Aug. 23, 2017, 5:00am

A Chicago federal appellate court has scalped a class-action lawsuit filed by a onetime student of a nationwide beauty school, which alleged student cosmetologists should be paid for on-the-job training, as the hands-on work experience serves as compensation and is required for licensing.

Judge won't budge on $283M penalty assessed vs Dish Network over 3rd-party telemarketer misdeeds

Dan Churney Aug. 16, 2017, 11:00am

A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.

Judge breaks down cardboard antitrust action, says prices were raised, but no evidence of scheme

Dan Churney Aug. 9, 2017, 3:15pm

A Chicago federal judge has boxed up a class action antitrust suit against two containerboard companies, which alleged the companies conspired to fix prices, saying plaintiffs may have raised prices and cut production, but defendants failed to show the acts were part of a scheme and not simply reactions to the market.

Confidential deal between suburban hotel partners is void, because it sought to conceal alleged bank fraud

Dan Churney Aug. 7, 2017, 5:50pm

Confidential deal between suburban hotel partners is void, because it sought to conceal alleged bank fraud

Judge: IL law compels employers to give day off each week, but workers who want OT mustn't take it

Dan Churney Aug. 1, 2017, 12:36am

A Chicago federal judge has crumbled a suit by a Chicago cookie company, which wanted to force its employees to take 24 hours off every seven days in lieu of working voluntary overtime, saying state law requires companies give their workers the option to take one day off each week, but does not force workers to take a day off, if their contract otherwise allows them to work seven consecutive days or more, and they want the overtime.

Judge throws brake on investor class action vs operators of failed electric car maker Fisker Auto

Dan Churney Jul. 24, 2017, 7:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has put the brakes on a class action suit filed by investors, who alleged they were ripped off for hundreds of millions of dollars in a failed electric car venture, saying the investors were asleep at the switch because they launched their suit after the statute of limitations expired.

Judge dismisses disabled runner's suit against IHSA, says only right to compete guaranteed, not to win

Dan Churney Jul. 19, 2017, 4:00am

A Chicago federal judge has benched litigation brought by a disabled suburban student athlete against the Illinois High School Association, who wanted lower qualifying standards, saying the IHSA has to guarantee the athlete's opportunity to compete, but not to give him an unfair edge over the non-disabled.

Chicago judge calls electronic firm's suit against ex-attorneys 'bizarre,' dismissal motion pending

Dan Churney Jul. 14, 2017, 6:00am

A Chicago federal judge has voiced reservations about a suburban electronic company's court action, which alleges its former attorneys short-circuited its defense against a $9 million trademark infringement suit, saying the company and its counsel have a "good deal of explaining to do to support the maintenance of this action."

Plug pulled on data breach class action vs Vtech; plaintiffs never showed how harmed, judge says

Dan Churney Jul. 11, 2017, 6:06pm

A Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on a class action suit against electronic toymaker VTech, which alleged VTech did not protect parents' and childrens' personal data from a hacker, saying plaintiffs failed to show how the security breach harmed them.

NorthShore asks court to slice class action demanding IL hospitals repay for improper tax exemptions

Dan Churney Jul. 4, 2017, 6:00am

Saying the basis for the suit has been amputated by Illinois’ highest court, NorthShore University Health System is asking a Cook County judge to dismiss a class-action suit, which demanded hospitals be made to pay back Illinois property taxpayers who have allegedly overpaid because, the plaintiffs allege, the state’s hospitals have wrongly enjoyed tax-exempt status.

Judge corks Indiana wine seller's lawsuit vs Illinois over law banning shipping to IL customers

Dan Churney Jun. 26, 2017, 1:47pm

A Chicago federal judge has stomped on an Indiana wine retailer's suit, which claimed Illinois liquor law unconstitutionally bars him from shipping his products into Illinois, saying the suit fails at the "most basic level." But the seller is asking to reopen the case.

Couple suing over effects of Levaquin must show how drugmaker lied, judge says

Dan Churney Jun. 7, 2017, 8:16pm

A Chicago federal judge has ruled a suburban woman must describe, in her lawsuit against global drug maker Johnson & Johnson, how the company allegedly lied about possible effects of its antibiotic Levaquin, which the woman said caused her to develop a number of ailments.

GSK asks for new trial over claims its anti-depressant labeling contributed to lawyer's suicide

Dan Churney May 31, 2017, 11:18am

Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline is trying to get out from under a $3 million jury judgment, which blamed it for a Chicago lawyer’s suicide, saying a federal judge made multiple mistakes that hamstrung the manufacturer’s defense against the claim its labels failed to warn its anti-depressant drug Paxil and its generic equivalent can lead to suicide.

Judge OKs $5.2M settlement for banks vs Kmart over data breach; $1.7M to lawyers

Dan Churney May 30, 2017, 9:54pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $5.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit by financial companies against Kmart over a data breach, including $1.7 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Federal judge scrambles Koch Foods’ dismissal motion in suit claiming chicken catchers not properly paid

Dan Churney May 22, 2017, 12:30pm

Suburban-based poultry wholesaler Koch Foods has laid an egg in Chicago federal court, with its failed motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by former chicken handlers, who claim the company failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime.