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Despite Garlock settlement, asbestos lawyers can't shake racketeering claims yet

John O'Brien Jun. 7, 2016, 9:22pm

CHICAGO - A company that frequently finds itself targeted by asbestos attorneys is taking the reins on racketeering claims that allege those lawyers manipulated the system to unfairly drive up the costs of settlements and verdicts.

U.S. House passes asbestos, class action reform bill under veto threat

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2016, 12:16pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Under threat of a presidential veto, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that targets class action lawsuits and the asbestos injury compensation system.

Chicago housing voucher participants living in luxury

John O'Brien Sep. 8, 2014, 2:31pm

CHICAGO – Information collected from the Chicago Housing Authority shows low-income families who are participating in a rent voucher program are living in some of Chicago’s most luxurious apartment buildings.In August, the CHA announced it was making changes to its Housing Choice Voucher program, two weeks after a Chicago Business article reported that federal funds administered by CHA were being used

Seventh Circuit calls Pella class action settlement ‘scandalous;’ removes Paul Weiss as attorney

John O'Brien Jun. 2, 2014, 5:26pm

PosnerA federal appeals court has overturned the approval of a multi-million dollar class action settlement, describing it as “inequitable – even scandalous.”The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday overturned a settlement involving window-maker Pella Corporation that was estimated to be worth $90 million, though the court feels its value is much, much less.Class counsel was to receive