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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.

Federal judge tosses some accusations vs testosterone drug makers on eve of Androgel bellwether trials

Dan Churney May 16, 2017, 3:34pm

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed several. but not all of the claims against the maker of a testosterone boosting drug, advanced by several plaintiffs chosen as bellwethers in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. against multiple drug manufacturers, including Besins, AbbVie, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline.

Ex-St. Charles school staffer says district, schools took her copyrighted computer program, then fired her

Dan Churney May 11, 2017, 12:35am

A former school district computer lab staffer is alleging the suburban St. Charles school district for which she worked infringed her copyright for a spreadsheet software program, then bullied her into quitting her job after she disputed the alleged infringement.

Ex-state parole board boss blames Chicago lawyer for botching his bankruptcy, costing him state post

Dan Churney May 8, 2017, 11:42pm

A former chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board is suing his onetime bankruptcy attorney for allegedly under-reporting his state salary and forging his signature on bankruptcy documents, which he said cost him his job with the board.

Trucker pay suit parked vs Atlas Van Lines; Contract clear, even if drivers don't understand: Judge

Dan Churney Apr. 26, 2017, 6:40pm

A Chicago federal judge has applied the brakes to a trucker’s lawsuit against two global moving van companies, which alleged the companies used “vague” contract language to short him of pay, saying the trucker should have sought clarification before signing the contract.

Junk fax lawsuit results in $3.3M settlement deal; $1.1M to plaintiffs' lawyers

Dan Churney Apr. 25, 2017, 10:36am

A settlement in a junk fax class action lawsuit, which is pending in Chicago federal court, would give about $330 to each fax recipient and more than $1 million to three lawyers who represented the plaintiff.

IL appeals panel: Man can challenge constitutionality of state's retroactive estate tax bill

Dan Churney Apr. 17, 2017, 2:14pm

A state appeals panel has overturned a DuPage County circuit judge’s dismissal of a challenge to Illinois’ retroactive estate tax, saying an executor is entitled to pursue his case against the tax in circuit court, not the Illinois Court of Claims as the state asserted.