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Class action OK'd vs Oakton Community College over decision to no longer hire SURS pensioners

Scott Holland May 19, 2017, 3:45pm

An age discrimination class action against Oakton Community College after the college decided to no longer hire those collecting pensions through the State Universities Retirement System will be allowed to proceed, after a federal judge weighed in on the matter.

IL Supreme Court: IHSA may oversee public high school sports, but not a public body subject to FOIA

Scott Holland May 19, 2017, 10:07am

In an unanimous opinion, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed the Illinois High School Association – the organization which partners with high schools to oversee high school athletics across the state – does not need to share its documents with the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Female Northwestern grad student: HarperCollins, author published private info to twist sex assault tale

Scott Holland May 17, 2017, 7:12pm

Another lawsuit has been filed in a three-year dispute about alleged sexual assault involving a Northwestern University professor, as a female graduate student has accused publishing house HarperCollins and an author of embarrassing her by exposing private details to make the professor she accused of sexual assault a sympathetic figure.

Appeals panel: HIPAA doesn't bar hospital from identifying witness to slip-and-fall

Scott Holland May 16, 2017, 4:05pm

A state appeals court said a woman who fell in her hospital room is entitled to know the identity of her roommate and a visitor, despite a hospital’s contention that information should be shielded by HIPAA.

Lawyer sues P.I. lawyers Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny, says disclosed too much info in court, to press

Scott Holland May 15, 2017, 4:35pm

Though they helped him obtain a $4 million verdict against a hospital he accused of not doing enough to stop him from harming himself, a lawyer has sued his former personal injury attorneys, claiming they disclosed too much of his personal information in self-promoting statements about the case they made to the press and didn't file his personal information under seal.

Class action fails to rise vs Whirlpool over overheating self-cleaning ovens

Scott Holland May 12, 2017, 9:23am

A federal judge has denied class certification to Whirlpool customers who said the company sold them defective, overheating ovens, saying their expert witness couldn’t help them establish that all of their oven problems arose from the same source.

Pharmacy accuses insurance claims processor Prime Therapeutics of squeezing it out of business

Scott Holland May 11, 2017, 12:44am

A family-owned pharmacy serving low-income Chicago residents says in an antitrust lawsuit filed May 9 in federal court in Chicago it’s being squeezed out of business by an insurance claims processor, allegedly to benefit Walgreens.

Judge: Reporters can't moonlight as attorneys and expect to be shielded in court

Scott Holland May 10, 2017, 12:16am

Protections for reporters do not permanently extend to lawyers moonlighting as filmmakers, according to a federal judge in Chicago.

Class action: Honda knew CR-V SUVs reek of gas fumes, won't fix problem

Scott Holland May 8, 2017, 11:42pm

Four women have joined together to bring a class action complaint against Honda, alleging the passenger cabins in its CR-V line “frequently becomes filled with a harmful noxious gasoline odor.”

Shareholder suit alleges Akorn, Fresenius merger benefits leadership, doesn't do enough for investors

Scott Holland May 5, 2017, 4:48pm

A group of investors wants a court to keep German pharmaceutical firm Fresenius from buying Illinois drug maker Akorn, saying shareholders won’t get enough from the deal, which is valued at more than $4 billion.

Nationwide disability access class action vs Kohls thwarted by differing layouts of retail chain's stores

Scott Holland May 4, 2017, 8:35am

A disability rights class action brought against Kohl’s more than two and a half years ago is on the shelf after a federal judge in Chicago denied class certification, saying, because Kohl’s store layouts vary from store to store, plaintiffs would have too difficult of a time proving the retailer had in place a nationwide policy diminishing access to people using wheelchairs.

Judge: Fired music director may be able to sue Chicago Catholic Church for age, ethnicity discrimination

Scott Holland May 3, 2017, 7:09pm

A former longtime music director for a Chicago Catholic church, who alleged he was demoted and fired for being ethnic Polish and a senior citizen, might be able to sue for discrimination after reworking his complaint to prevent the church from exercising its ministerial exception rights.

Appeals panel: Judge let suburban dentist fend off malpractice claims using skulls improperly at trial

Scott Holland May 3, 2017, 12:07am

A state appeals panel has determined a Will County judge ruled improperly in a dental malpractice suit, saying the judge was wrong, in part, for allowing an expert witness presented by the defendant dental practice to use skulls as more than just visual aids.

Judge: Application provision sends blind man's ADA suit vs cooking school to arbitration

Scott Holland May 1, 2017, 6:30pm

A federal judge has ordered a blind man’s discrimination complaint against Chicago cooking school Le Cordon Bleu out of his courtroom and into arbitration.

Wellpet wins dismissal of lawsuit claiming 'Made in USA' dog food label was misleading

Scott Holland Apr. 26, 2017, 11:58pm

A federal judge agreed pet food maker Wellpet doesn’t have to be subjected to a lawsuit accusing it of misleading the public in claiming its ingredients were “Made in the USA,” even though some vitamins and minerals came from overseas.

Judge lets juvenile detainees continue suit vs Cook County over filming of TV show "Empire"

Scott Holland Apr. 24, 2017, 11:36am

Juvenile detainees will be allowed to continue part of their class action complaint of rights violations against Cook County prison officials and television network Fox after a federal judge in Chicago refused to dismiss the entire case, claiming the county had wrongly surrendered control of large portions of the county’s juvenile detention center while the studio filmed episodes of hit television show, “Empire.”

Fraud action: OKCupid sets users up with premium access premise, stiffs them on 'viable dating options'

Scott Holland Apr. 21, 2017, 11:29am

A man who paid premiums to access A-list dating prospects, only to find out most were dead ends, is suing the company behind OkCupid in a $5 million class action complaint, accusing the company of setting him and other users up to get stiffed.

Parent: Oak Brook school district owes $50M for accusing sons of cheating in geography bee

Scott Holland Apr. 20, 2017, 11:05pm

A DuPage County surgeon who says his sons were falsely accused of cheating in a geography bee is suing their Oak Brook school district in federal court for $50 million.

Lawsuit: Bose headphone app secretly collects customer listening habits, data then sold by Bose

Scott Holland Apr. 19, 2017, 2:31pm

An Illinois man is pursuing a class action complaint worth at least $5 million against Bose Corp., accusing the maker of high-end wireless headphones, speakers and other audio equipment of selling customer data secretly collected by an app paired with the headphones and other consumer gear.

Federal judge says clock ran out on part of a franchisee's racial discrimination suit vs Checkers

Scott Holland Apr. 18, 2017, 10:50pm

A federal judge has put half of a restaurateur’s racial discrimination claim against Checkers Drive-In on the back burner, saying the statute of limitations had run out on his lawsuit.