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IL law doesn't require ComEd to grant net metering benefit to community solar projects, panel says

Dana Herra Jun. 16, 2016, 3:21pm

A state appellate court has rejected a claim by the Citizens Utility Board that ComEd should extend the special metering it allows customers who generate their own green energy to groups of people supporting community green energy projects.

Appeals court: Cook County has lawful power to regulate trash, recycling transfer stations

Dana Herra Jun. 1, 2016, 12:07pm

A state appellate court has ruled that Cook County has the authority to regulate solid waste and recycling facilities, upholding a summary judgment by the Cook County Circuit Court against the National Waste and Recycling Association.

Arabic-speaking man says didn't understand signed forms, but still can't sue Palos hospital

Dana Herra May 12, 2016, 11:24am

Palos Community Hospital’s clear and repeated notices that doctors are contractors, not employees, proved the undoing of a man’s medical malpractice suit, even though he claimed he could not read the notices.

Cruise line, timeshare seller who tacked pitches to phone surveys likely broke law, judge says

Dana Herra Apr. 29, 2016, 5:45pm

A federal judge has ruled a group of companies that used promises of free cruises to entice people to take telephone political surveys appeared to have broken federal law, clearing the way for a class action to continue against a cruise line and seller of vacation timeshares.

Hospital council asks court to stop IT vendor from wiping patient data when it goes out of business

Dana Herra Apr. 26, 2016, 2:09pm

A council of more than 30 Chicago-area hospitals has sued its IT provider over the tech firm’s plan to destroy patient data from its servers, saying the action would severely impair the council’s ability to operate a patient-data sharing exchange.

Class actions alleging DirecTV didn't pay its service techs overtime can proceed, judge says

Dana Herra Apr. 19, 2016, 1:57pm

DirecTV and its installation contractors will need to continue to defend itself against a pair of lawsuits brought in Chicago federal court by service technicians who claimed the satellite television provider owes them unpaid overtime.

Judge douses consumer fraud class action vs Mondelez over whether belVita biscuits need milk

Dana Herra Apr. 14, 2016, 1:19pm

A northwest suburban woman who claimed she was duped by the advertising slogan on a box of breakfast biscuits lost her attempt at filing a class-action lawsuit when a federal judge dismissed her claim.

Appeals panel upholds $22 million verdict to family of carpenter injured in McCormick Place crash

Dana Herra Apr. 8, 2016, 12:27pm

A state appellate panel has upheld a $22 million verdict awarded to a former carpenter who was seriously injured while constructing booths for a trade show at McCormick Place.

IL law doesn't entitle salespeople to commissions outside terms of their pay agreement, judge says

Dana Herra Mar. 25, 2016, 11:00pm

A judge has slammed the door on a pitched class action brought by a pair of salespeople who claimed Illinois wage laws entitled them to more money than they received from the medical equipment supplier that employed them because, they said, the company used both sales declines and increases to calculate their commissions.

Just beachy: Appellate panel says Winnetka couple not obligated to let neighbors use property to get to Lake Michigan

Dana Herra Mar. 18, 2016, 5:10pm

An appellate court panel has waded into a dispute between Winnetka neighbors, affirming a lower court’s ruling that a couple whose home borders the Lake Michigan shore has no legal obligation to allow neighbors to cross their property in order to access the beach.

Investment group connected to Aon founder Pat Ryan says data analytics firm swindled them out of millions

Dana Herra Mar. 14, 2016, 10:13am

A wealthy and politically connected Chicago family is suing an executive they claim cheated them out of stock worth hundreds of millions of dollars to fulfill his own aspirations and allegedly cut out the investors on the cheap after their usefulness as a springboard had ended.

Cook County: State must pay millions owed to fund child support collection program

Dana Herra Mar. 8, 2016, 2:50pm

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and lawyers acting on behalf of parents owed child support have asked the federal courts to step in to force the state of Illinois to pay up what it owes to cover the costs of enforcing the collection of child support, saying the state’s failure to pass a budget to fund the program has cost Cook County millions, harms the parents and their children and threatens the future viability of the program.

Say cheese: Class actions begin to pile up vs Kraft, Walmart over Parmesan cheese contents

Dana Herra Mar. 1, 2016, 11:27am

Class action lawsuits against Kraft Heinz and Walmart have begun to accumulate in the aftermath of a February news investigation turned up evidence of wood-based fillers in the companies’ grated Parmesan cheese products.

Judge allows lawsuit to proceed vs Sprint over claims company's background check forms break law

Dana Herra Feb. 24, 2016, 3:02pm

A potential class action lawsuit claiming Sprint violated consumer protection laws when it ran credit checks on job applicants will proceed, after a federal judge refused the company’s motion to dismiss.

Class action says Pepperidge Farm needs to treat in-store display workers as employees, not contractors

Dana Herra Feb. 16, 2016, 12:26pm

A federal class action lawsuit claims cookie and cracker maker Pepperidge Farm has exploited the workers who deliver, set up and maintain its product displays in supermarkets and other stores, treating these workers like employees, but classifying them as independent contractors, contrary to labor law.

Online lawyer directory Avvo hit with class action for allegedly wrongly profiting from lawyers' 'professional ID'

Dana Herra Feb. 8, 2016, 4:58pm

A Chicago attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit against Avvo, an online directory that allows consumers to search for attorneys by city, name or area of practice, claiming the website is making money from her information and that of other lawyers without permission.

Class action says Ford knew about 'inherent defect' in PowerShift transmission, never told car owners

Dana Herra Feb. 3, 2016, 9:23am

A Plainfield woman has brought a class action suit against Ford, claiming the automaker knew the PowerShift transmission it offers on Fiestas and Focuses is defective, but has never publicly acknowledged the defect or offered restitution to vehicle owners.

Appeals panel: Circuit judge erred in not giving female domestic violence victim order of protection

Dana Herra Feb. 2, 2016, 1:18pm

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois expressed strong disapproval of a Cook County circuit court judge’s handling of a domestic violence case, in which the alleged victim’s request for an order of protection was denied and a less-stringent civil restraining order was issued instead.

Judge tosses Illinois privacy law class action vs Facebook over photo tagging; California cases still pending

Dana Herra Jan. 27, 2016, 11:05am

A federal judge has dismissed an Illinois man’s attempted class action lawsuit against Facebook, contending the social media provider’s photo sharing platform violates Illinois privacy law. In dismissing the matter, however, the judge said the court in this case only lacked jurisdiction to rule in the matter, and stopped short of rendering an opinion on the lawsuit’s allegations against Facebook.

Appeals panel: Airlines aren't breaching contract when put passengers' checked bags on separate flights

Dana Herra Jan. 15, 2016, 12:41pm

An airline is under no obligation to make sure passengers and their baggage are transported on the same flight, an Illinois appeals court ruled, upholding a decision of a Cook County judge in dismissing a class action lawsuit on the question. Plaintiff Gina Spadoni had filed a single-count class-action lawsuit against United Airlines in Cook County Circuit Court in 2014, claiming the airline breached its contract with her when it placed her baggage on a different flight.