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Judge dismisses 'fair share' fee suit vs state worker unions; SCOTUS deadlock means precedent stands

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:52pm

In the wake of a deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court, letting stand a federal appeals court’s ruling that public unions can compel workers not represented by unions to pay so-called “fair share” fees in lieu of union dues, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by several Illinois state workers, similarly challenging the union’s payroll deductions.

Judge awards $4.8 million to attorneys who settled defective washing machine lawsuit vs Sears

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 16, 2016, 5:19pm

A federal judge has signed off on a plan to award more than $4.8 million to attorneys who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.

Judge OKs deal ending washing machine class action vs Sears; mum on lawyers' request to get $6 million

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 18, 2016, 4:37pm

More than 10,000 people who paid to fix problems with certain kinds of Kenmore and Whirlpool washing machines sold by Sears could be in line for some money in coming months, as a Chicago federal judge approved a settlement agreement to end nearly a decade of litigation over the reliability of those home appliances.