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Class action: Gather app improperly uses users' phones to send 'spam-vites' to friends, other contacts

Scott Holland Jun. 1, 2017, 4:30pm

An Illinois man who said he received unsolicited text messages is accusing the developers of the Gather app of violating federal telecommunications law in designing a product which allegedly raids a user’s phone’s contacts list and sends more spam text messages inviting others to install the app.

Judge breaks up janitors' wage class action vs O'Hare cleaning contractor Scrub Inc.

Scott Holland May 29, 2017, 10:21pm

A federal judge has broken up a class action involving hundreds of airport janitors who had accused cleaning contractor Scrub Inc. of shorting them pay, as the judge said the only thing the janitors truly had in common is that they all worked at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Lawsuit: Fired Cook correctional officers should be rehired, because merit board included illegal member

Scott Holland May 26, 2017, 1:55pm

A former Cook County correctional officer who had been terminated in 2015 has asked a judge to order the county to reinstate him and others like him, after a state appeals court found the board that fired them included a member who was never validly appointed.

Lids store managers say parent companies owe them for unpaid overtime: Class action

Scott Holland May 26, 2017, 1:55pm

A group of Lids store managers have filed a federal class action complaint against the hat retailer’s parent companies, alleging they were not properly compensated for overtime work.

Chicago Public Schools try again to persuade court to order fix of 'discriminatory' school funding

Scott Holland May 25, 2017, 11:37am

After their first attempt to obtain a court order to compel a rewrite of the state's education funding rules was rebuffed, the Chicago Public Schools have renewed their legal challenge, again asking a Cook County judge to force changes in a school funding system they call discriminatory.

VRBO operator HomeAway challenges Chicago short-term rentals rules, says favor Airbnb

Scott Holland May 23, 2017, 2:48pm

Short-term home rentals company HomeAway, which operates VRBO and other short-term home rentals listings sites, has sued the city of Chicago over its ordinance regulating such businesses, asserting the young policy that’s already been challenged several times in court is indecipherable to home renters and the listing services, and has the effect of favoring Airbnb, VRBO’s largest competitor.

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.