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Ex-Wrigley gum plant workers sue flavorings makers for diacetyl exposure, resulting lung diseases

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 20, 2017, 3:47pm

A group of former workers at a former chewing gum factory on Chicago’s South Side have brought a wad of lawsuits against 15 companies they claim should be made to pay for allegedly including lung-disease causing chemical compounds in the flavorings with which they worked every day for years.

Shutterfly can't delete class action lawsuit under IL privacy law over face tagging software

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 19, 2017, 4:38pm

A Chicago federal judge will allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against Shutterfly over its face tagging software, rejecting the online photo sharing company’s request to delete the action accusing it of violating an Illinois biometric privacy law.

IL Supreme Court removes asbestos case from judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 18, 2017, 5:22pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Cook County judge from an asbestos personal injury case, granting a request from lawyers who had asked the court to step in and block a "rogue" judge from continuing his sanctions proceedings amid a bench investigation of a situation the judge said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for a company named as a defendant in the case.

Judge: No need for new trial, $3M verdict vs GSK over lawyer's suicide should stand

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 15, 2017, 10:03am

Pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline will not get a chance to undo a jury’s verdict, finding it owes $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide, allegedly after taking a generic equivalent of GSK’s anti-depressant drug, Paxil.

Class actions: Abra Auto Body, Crunch Fitness didn't properly collect employee, customer fingerprints

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 14, 2017, 4:43pm

Two more business groups – a chain of auto body repair shops and a group of fitness clubs – have been added to the growing list of shops being sued under an Illinois law governing how businesses are supposed to handle the collection and use of employees’ and customers’ fingerprints and other so-called biometric information.

Judge cuts out Black & Decker's $54M win vs Positec, orders new trial after key evidence came up short

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2017, 3:48pm

Black & Decker will need to try again in court to secure a judgment worth tens of millions of dollars it thought it was getting from China-based power tool maker Positec, who Black & Decker had accused of using a black-and-yellow color scheme to improperly mimic the B&D-owned DeWalt brand’s packaging to confuse consumers into buying its Rockwell tools.

Judge: State Rep Drury yet to prove malice in defamation suit vs Proft over campaign ads

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 12, 2017, 5:41pm

An Illinois state representative and Democratic candidate for governor has failed in his renewed attempt to sue an Illinois conservative radio talk show host and political activist and his political organization for statements made in 2014 political advertisements, as a Cook County judge has again tossed the defamation lawsuit brought by State Rep. Scott Drury against Dan Proft and Liberty Principles PAC.

List of class action lawsuits quickly grows vs Equifax over data breach

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 11, 2017, 4:48pm

Class action lawsuits have begun to multiply against Equifax in recent days in the wake of news late last week the credit reporting agency had suffered a massive data breach affecting more than 140 million Americans, yet had waited at least a month to tell the public.

Posner departure sets stage for potential political fight over future of Seventh Circuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 8, 2017, 11:59am

After decades of relative stability, Chicago's U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals could soon undergo an extensive makeover, making the court potentially the next battleground in the fight for the future of the nation’s judiciary, as President Trump and the Senate seek to fill four vacancies on the court, including a new one left following the sudden departure of influential Judge Richard Posner.

Subway, O'Hare concessionaire targeted by class actions for improperly collecting Chicago soft drink tax

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 7, 2017, 10:39pm

While class actions continue to stack up against retailers accused of improperly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” one of the law firms bringing those suits has also popped two new class action suits under Chicago’s “soft drink tax,” as well, targeting Subway and a company that operates concessions at O'Hare.

Speedway, Lettuce Entertain You tagged with class actions under IL biometric privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 6, 2017, 7:14pm

The Speedway chain of gas stations and convenience stores and the Lettuce Entertain You group of restaurants have become the latest businesses to get tagged with class action lawsuits under Illinois’ biometric privacy law.

Hospital vicarious liability; wrongful death claims past repose; Lakefront Trail liability on IL Sup Ct Sept call

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 5, 2017, 5:24pm

In September, the Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in 16 cases, including to resolve questions of whether hospitals can be held liable for malpractice at other clinics; whether plaintiffs can add wrongful death claims to medical negligence lawsuits outside the statute of repose; and whether the Chicago Park District can be sued by a bicyclist who fell over a crack in the Lakefront Trail.

Posner announces retirement, ending 36-year prolific, influential tenure on Seventh Circuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2017, 5:59pm

After more than three-and-a-half decades on the bench at Chicago’s Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Posner has announced his retirement.

Judges: Asbestos plaintiff not harmed by ruling barring testimony from doctor over exposure theories

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2017, 12:17pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused to upend a jury’s verdict against a retired pipefitter, who had claimed Owens-Illinois and ExxonMobil should be held liable for his lung cancer because possible exposure to asbestos on work sites decades ago, and not a 30-year, pack-and-a-half-a-day cigarette smoking habit, had caused the illness.

Wrigley Co. accused of mislabeling caloric content of Starburst Gummy candy in class action

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 31, 2017, 11:44pm

When eating a bag of gummy candy, every calorie – or every 10 calories – should count, according to a class action lawsuit brought by a man who claims the Wrigley company should pay for stating on the front of the bag in which it sells its Starburst-brand Sour Gummy candies that the candy contains 10 fewer calories per serving than it states in the nutrition content panel on the bag’s backside.

Subway footlong class action plaintiffs to take another stab, after appeals court sliced 'worthless' deal

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 31, 2017, 4:00pm

Less than five days after a federal appeals court threw out a settlement deal intended to cut short the litigation, a group of lawyers representing people suing Subway over the length of their footlong sub sandwiches have indicated they will now refresh their class actions against the ubiquitous fast food chain.

Class action says PepsiCo charged Cook County 'pop tax' to bottled water sold at vending machines

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 9:57pm

PepsiCo has become the latest soft drinks vendor to be accused of not properly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” after a Chicago law firm which has already sued 7-Eleven, Subway and Jewel-Osco, also filed suit against PepsiCo, saying the food and beverage giant should be made to pay for allegedly forcing customers to pay the county tax on bottled water purchased at Pepsi-branded vending machines.

Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 5:39pm

A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.

Judge: Lawyers' objections to rival attorneys' $24M fee request merely cash grab, not worth $59K fees

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 28, 2017, 5:50pm

While a Texas lawyer and his client say their efforts helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday under a $56 million class action settlement deal, a federal judge has rejected their attempts to grab a $59,000 share of that settlement, saying their efforts were redundant and produced nothing but an opportunity for them to grab some quick cash.

Judge: IL law doesn't force Zillow to get appraisers' license to publish online home value 'zestimates'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 24, 2017, 11:16am

Saying the plaintiffs are asking the court to misread and misapply an Illinois state law, a Chicago federal law has crashed a class action lawsuit against Zillow, which had accused the operators of the real estate website of essentially appraising property without a license, and then using their online home value estimate tool as a marketing ploy to drive business by hampering home sellers’ efforts to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.