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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.

Illinois Supreme Court disbars six lawyers, suspends 11 others in March attorney disciplinary actions

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 24, 2017, 10:58am

A Forest Park lawyer accused of skipping out on his client's trial and costing his client $33,000 in opponent attorney fees was among six lawyers disbarred in March by the Illinois Supreme Court, which also suspended 11 others and censured three.

Class action: Ex-IL Lottery managers owe jackpot for manipulating games to reduce big prize payouts

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 22, 2017, 7:53pm

Two players of the Illinois Lottery’s scratch-off games have asked a court to award a jackpot from the former operators of the state lottery system, alleging Northstar Lottery Group owes them and others who played the state’s instant games for flooding the market with tickets to greatly reduce the odds players could win grand prizes, contrary to advertised odds, allowing the Lottery to pocket millions of dollars more than it should have.

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.