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Wife of bankruptcy lawyer Geraci doesn't get to have special elevator access to avoid dogs, jury says

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 25, 2017, 5:41pm

The wife of prominent Chicago area bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci has failed to persuade a jury her post-traumatic stress disorder, which she claims was triggered by a dog attack years ago, should allow her to use federal disability law to force the association that manages the Chicago condo building in which she lives to give her the right to ride alone in the building’s elevator, to avoid sharing the elevator with her neighbors’ dogs.

Lawsuit: McDonald's website, mobile app not accessible to the blind, violates ADA

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 24, 2017, 6:59pm

A blind man has sued McDonald’s, claiming the fast food giant has discriminated against him under federal disabilities law because it has not made its smartphone app or website accessible to those with visual impairments.

'Serial objector' lawyer Bandas says owed cut of $56M TCPA deal because helped trim other lawyers' fees

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 21, 2017, 5:53pm

A Texas lawyer embroiled in a racketeering action accusing him and others of being “serial objectors” out to simply claim a chunk of others’ negotiated class action settlements has inserted himself into another massive class action deal, asking a federal judge to award him money for representing an organization whose objection to the attorney fee request in a $56 million deal to end a class action against a cruise line, phone poll operator and timeshare company, helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday.

Jury: GSK liable for suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil; $3M awarded to widow

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 20, 2017, 4:04pm

A federal jury in Chicago has ordered pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK, finding the drugmaker should be held responsible for his death, even though it didn’t make the actual medication the lawyer had been taking for about a week before he took his life.

200+ retired Chicago firefighters accuse pension board of shorting them owed COLA boosts

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 19, 2017, 4:11pm

A group of more than 200, 60-62-year-old retired Chicago firefighters have filed suit against their retirement pension board, accusing the board of wrongly interpreting a state law intended to give them retroactive benefits increases, shorting them the automatic 3 percent annuity raises they say they are owed every year under the law.

Jury: Trucking companies not to blame for drinking water contamination in Sauk Village

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 18, 2017, 6:55pm

A federal jury has ruled two trucking companies are not liable for drinking water contamination in suburban Sauk Village, granting a win to their firms in their court battle with the village, which had contended the trucking companies spilled cancer-causing chemicals into the groundwater the village pumps from its wells into the homes and businesses connected to its water system.

Judge: Newly listed endangered bumblebee could stop Kane County Fox River bridge project

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 18, 2017, 4:02pm

A Chicago federal judge has thrown the brakes on a plan to construct a new bridge over the Fox River in northwest suburban Kane County, saying the plan could harm a kind of bumblebee placed last month on the Endangered Species List.

State can deny FOIA'd documents under new law even though law changed after request filed: Panel

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 17, 2017, 8:21pm

Illinois state regulators can use a state law shielding certain public records from disclosure to prevent a business owner from obtaining public records related to a regulatory complaint filed against his business, even though the state law was enacted after the business owner had tried, failed and then sued to force the regulators to give him the documents.

Judge: 'Ride time' to worksites should be counted in OT calculations, even if workers not working

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 14, 2017, 9:57am

A Chicago federal judge has determined employers can be forced under the law to pay workers overtime for certain “ride time” spent traveling to a worksite, agreeing with a group of workers for a party tent and equipment rental company who argued their employer could have been required to pay them overtime under federal and Illinois wage laws.

Abt Electronics sues trucking firm AirGroup for late deliveries, alleged improper surcharges

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 13, 2017, 5:02pm

Suburban Chicago retailer Abt Electronics is suing a trucking company it hired to deliver televisions, appliances and other household electronics to customers’ homes and businesses, alleging the delivery company wrongly slapped on surcharges for services it did not perform, and was routinely late in completing deliveries, generating hundreds of formal customer complaints and a mass of bad online customer reviews aimed at Abt.

Flood of RICO countersuits could follow Edelson class action vs 'serial objectors,' Bandas firm warns

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 7:35pm

The courts could risk a flood of new litigation, which could chill efforts to object to future class action settlements, if a judge allows prominent Chicago class action trial law firm Edelson P.C. to continue with a class action lawsuit accusing rival Bandas Law Firm and others, of racketeering for acting as “professional objectors,” bent on extorting payoffs, according to a motion filed by Bandas.

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 6:00pm

Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien has been indicted for her alleged role in a mortgage fraud scheme, which took place a few years before she was elected to the Cook County bench.

Judge: Dollar General can't stop EEOC action over alleged discriminatory job screening practices

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 12:03am

Dollar General has suffered another setback in its attempt to beat back a long-running federal investigation into job screening practices allegedly set up to screen out African American applicants, as a Chicago federal judge ruled the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t overstep in initiating an enforcement action against the retailer, even after the federal agency pulled the plug on the required pre-enforcement settlement process.

Environmental Law & Policy Center, others step into court fight over IL 'Zero Emissions Credit' program

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 11, 2017, 12:14am

Even as Illinois state electricity regulators have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging a state law unconstitutionally rigs the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon, a prominent environmental activist organization has also stepped into the court fight, asking the court to allow it to defend the law’s renewable energy requirements, which it says the lawsuit also threatens.

Judge OKs at least $15M for plaintiff lawyers under Caribbean cruise telemarketing class action deal

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 7, 2017, 2:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an award of more than $15 million – and potentially, as much as $18.9 million – in attorney fees for lawyers who secured a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and other associated companies accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask illegal telemarketing calls.

Judge denies request to end trial vs drugmaker GSK over suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 6, 2017, 4:41pm

A trial continues this week in Chicago federal court over the question of how much blame should be shouldered by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline for the death of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK. This week, a federal judge denied an attempt by GSK to abruptly end the weeks-long trial and secure a judgment in its favor.

Wonderful Pistachios hit with class action over early 2016 Salmonella outbreak

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 5, 2017, 5:47pm

A Chicago man has served a class action lawsuit against Wonderful Pistachios, saying the nuts seller and Sam’s Club should be made to pay for a Salmonella outbreak allegedly tied to contaminated pistachio nuts.

Judge: California law can't be applied nationwide in toilet water line class action vs Fluidmaster

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 4, 2017, 2:50pm

A Chicago federal judge has sunk a bid by a group of plaintiffs to float a nationwide class action under California consumer protection law against plumbing products maker Fluidmaster over supposed defects in toilet and sink water supply lines, which allegedly cause the lines to fail, rupture and leak, causing damage to homes in which they were installed.

Judge: Man has standing under Spokeo to sue lawyer who used his crash report to solicit him

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 3, 2017, 1:37pm

A Chicago federal judge has cleared the way for a man to continue his lawsuit against a Chicago lawyer he has accused of buying traffic crash reports to improperly obtain his personal information to then offer to represent him in any legal actions involving his auto accident.

Court filings: Lawsuit vs SchoolMessenger imperils schools' ability to text, call parents, students

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 28, 2017, 12:28am

The call center company behind the SchoolMessenger service, which specializes in helping schools across the country instantly communicate with parents, students and their communities, is in federal court in Chicago, attempting to fend off a massive class action lawsuit they warn could disrupt the ability of the schools who rely on the vendor to send text and voice messages requested by parents to spread the word about school events, including school closings and other emergencies.