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IL 'fair share fees' lawsuit tossed; plaintiffs say 'desired result,' allowing appeal to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 21, 2017, 6:37pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide just how much public worker unions in Illinois and elsewhere can exact from non-union workers, after a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit intended to challenge a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify the forcible collection of so-called “fair share” fees.

Appeals panel upholds $26M for lawyer hurt in taxi crash, despite dissent over Chicago regulations

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 20, 2017, 6:45pm

A divided state appeals court has upheld a $26 million jury verdict awarded to a Chicago lawyer injured in a 2005 taxicab crash near Hinsdale, saying the Yellow Cab taxi affiliation must pay out for the accident because the injured passenger believed Yellow Cab was the driver’s “apparent agent,” even though Yellow Cab did not employ the driver and a Cook County trial judge refused to let YCA show the jury key evidence on how extensively all cabs are controlled by Chicago City Hall.

Wells Fargo didn't send fax ad, but could still be on hook in TCPA class action, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 17, 2017, 8:25pm

A Chicago federal judge has declined to let Wells Fargo off the hook of a junk fax class action lawsuit against the bank and one of its member services credit card processer, saying, even if Wells Fargo had no knowledge of the credit payment company’s decision to send a fax bearing its name, the bank’s name on the fax and business connection to its partner means it could share liability for the unauthorized fax.

Class action: Blistex lip ointment tubes, dispensers cause users to waste money on unusable product

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 16, 2017, 5:41pm

A California woman has applied to lead a class action lawsuit against the Oak Brook-based maker of Blistex lip ointment, alleging the company smears customers by selling their product in tubes that leave a quarter of the ointment stick inaccessible to users, even though customers believe they are paying for the full amount.

Lawsuit: Quarles & Brady concealed key info in bad loan deal for Gammonley River North condo project

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 15, 2017, 7:05pm

The parent company of a Downers Grove-based plastics manufacturer has sued its former attorneys, claiming they potentially owe millions of dollars for allegedly helping a financially-troubled Chicago condo development group conceal other loan defaults to secure a $4.3 million loan to get the money they needed to build a River North condo project.

Judge: No evidence Madigan, allies improperly used expunged records to smear 2016 primary foe

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 15, 2017, 4:10pm

A man who launched an ill-fated primary election challenge of Michael J. Madigan, arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois, has again lost to the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, after a federal judge tossed out his lawsuit alleging Madigan and his political allies violated his constitutional rights by conspiring to smear his name and undercut his campaign.

Judge denies injunction, says Chicago Airbnb ordinance likely doesn't impinge homeowners' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 14, 2017, 7:54pm

Saying she doesn’t believe the rules impinge the constitutional rights of homeowners and others wishing to share their homes with guests through Airbnb and similar websites, a federal judge has refused to bar the door to a new Chicago ordinance regulating home-sharing arrangements in the city.

Trial set to begin in litigation vs drugmaker GSK over suicide by lawyer who took generic Paxil

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 13, 2017, 8:03pm

This week, a Chicago federal court will empanel jurors to decide whether pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline should be made to pay 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, because, the woman claims, the drug’s warning label, which was approved by federal regulators, did not contain enough information on suicide risk, misleading the doctor who prescribed it.

Lawsuit asks court to order Cook County to look into alleged discrepancies in Circuit Clerk funds

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 10, 2017, 1:44pm

A Chicago businessman has asked a Cook County court to order the county to conduct an audit of the finances of the county’s Circuit Court Clerk office to explain what the businessman says are apparent discrepancies, totaling perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars, between what the businessman and his lawyers believe should have been collected for special-use court funds from millions who pass through the county’s court system, and the figures the court clerk has allegedly publicly reported.

Illinois can choose SEIU to represent all home caregivers in negotiations: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 5:28pm

The state of Illinois doesn’t trample on the rights of non-union home care providers by forcing them to abide by the terms of deals it strikes with a union over care provider pay rates and other terms of the care providers’ “employment,” a federal appeals court has ruled.

Class action vs Home Depot: Consumers overpay for lumber that doesn't measure up

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 1:28am

An Illinois man has sought to nail one of the largest home improvement retailers in the country with a class action lawsuit, asserting they should be made to pay for selling two-by-fours and other pieces of lumber that don't measure up to their listed dimensions.

Judge signs off on $9.3M deal to end Rustoleum Restore products class action; lawyers get $3M

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 8, 2017, 5:00pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $9.3 million settlement deal – including more than $3 million in attorney fees – ending years of litigation against Rustoleum over damage allegedly caused to decks and patios by the company’s “Restore” product line.

Judge blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger; effort to combine health systems scuttled

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 7, 2017, 3:35pm

A Chicago federal judge has moved to formally block the attempted merger between Advocate and NorthShore, two of the Chicago area’s largest hospital operators, granting federal regulators’ request for an injunction and likely scuttling the merger.

Class action: American Airlines deceived mechanics into taking jobs under hiring incentive program

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 6, 2017, 6:40pm

An American Airlines mechanic has accused his employer of fraud, saying in a class action lawsuit the airline hired him and perhaps hundreds of other workers under the promise of working under a special program under which they would rocket to the top of the company’s wage scale within three years, only to quickly cancel the program soon after he took the job.

Appeals court: Cities can cut vacation time buybacks, other programs, to end pension spiking

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 3, 2017, 6:21pm

A state appeals court in Springfield has affirmed cities and other local governments have the right to modify workers’ employment and compensation agreements to prevent “pension spiking” without running afoul of the state constitution’s public worker pension protections.

NIU frat alcohol death, lawyer fee agreements, IHSA FOIA status on IL Supreme Court March call

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 2, 2017, 5:04pm

Beginning March 14, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in several cases, including: whether a NIU fraternity can be sued for a pledge's alcohol-induced death; whether lawyers must specify "joint financial responsibility" in case referral agreements; and whether the IHSA is a public body subject to FOIA.

Seventh Circuit hears arguments over IL 'fair share' union fees; case may be headed to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 1, 2017, 5:44pm

A challenge to the power of state worker labor unions to extract so-called “fair share” fees from non-union workers could be ticketed for the U.S. Supreme Court, where opponents of the fees hope a conservative-majority court could overturn a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify their forcible collection of fees from public employees who refuse to pay formal union dues.

Amazon hit with class action over alleged wrongful debits for Prime memberships

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 28, 2017, 7:58pm

A Chicago woman who claims Amazon continued to draw payments from her bank account for an Amazon Prime membership she says she didn’t even purchase has filed a class action suit against the online retailer.

Judge won't short-circuit class action accusing Google Photos of breaking IL biometric privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 28, 2017, 4:04pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused Google’s request to delete a class action lawsuit accusing the tech titan of violating an Illinois law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its cloud-based Google Photos service without first collecting written authorization from those whose faces were scanned.

Bosnian Muslim congregation can take to trial lawsuit over zoning denial for Des Plaines mosque

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 27, 2017, 8:21pm

Saying he believed the evidence could suggest the city of Des Plaines discriminated against a local Islamic congregation when it denied their request for a permit to build a new community center in one of the city’s business districts, a federal judge has decided to let the congregation and the city take their legal fight to trial.