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After winning settlement, lawyers fight over their shares of the spoils in NCAA concussion class action

Dan Churney Sep. 19, 2017, 4:54pm

Lawyers are scrimmaging in Chicago federal court over $21 million in fees for handling the nationwide concussion lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries.

Class action accuses Walgreens of 'scheme' with insurers to overcharge customers, claw back copays

Scott Holland Aug. 13, 2017, 11:54am

A customer who said Walgreens charged him $21.80 for a generic drug through his insurance plan without telling him he could have paid only $10 if he paid in cash, has filed a federal class action complaint against the Deerfield-based retail pharmacy giant, saying the overcharge is part of a “fraudulent scheme” between the retailer and insurance companies.

Class action: Walgreens wrongly charged Cook 'pop tax'; retailers had warned such suits were coming

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 8, 2017, 3:15pm

Walgreens has become the first retailer hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly wrongly making customers pay Cook County’s so-called “pop tax” on drink purchases that should have been exempt, just two days after the tax began to be collected and about a week after a judge brushed aside retailers' concerns they could be targeted by such litigation.

Judge: No right to make broadcasters pay for airing pre-1972 songs

Scott Holland Jun. 13, 2017, 10:50pm

A federal judge in Chicago scuttled a class action over music royalties, saying no law allows a couple who otherwise own the rights to many chart-topping tunes from the 1950s and ‘60s to exact payment from broadcasters who play their songs.

Campaign donor can't sue disgraced ex-congressman Schock for 'dishonesty'

Scott Holland Apr. 3, 2017, 1:54pm

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a campaign donor against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned his post amid allegations of financial impropriety, saying the donor can’t sue the ex-congressman for fraud because he may have acted dishonestly.

Judge: Class action OK vs Stericycle over medical waste disposal billing fraud accusations

Scott Holland Feb. 21, 2017, 12:44am

A federal judge has cleared the way for a nationwide class action to proceed against Stericycle over allegations the Lake Forest-based regulated waste disposal giant for years used an automatic price-increasing scheme to defraud customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lawyers behind NCAA concussion settlement request combined $21M in fees

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 18, 2017, 5:28pm

Laywers behind the nationwide concussion class action lawsuit against the NCAA, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries, have now asked a Chicago federal judge to award them attorney fees of $15 million. And attorneys with Edelson P.C., who represented an objector to the initial settlement and claims their work added $50 million to the settlement, has requested the court order an additional $6 million in fees.

Racketeering charges dismissed vs Fiat Chrysler, but Napleton Auto Group's fraud suit proceeds

Scott Holland Oct. 7, 2016, 6:03pm

Fiat Chrysler still faces a legal challenge from owners of a network of auto dealerships in the Chicago area and elsewhere, though it succeeded in removing federal racketeering accusations. 

City of Chicago: Huge lead water pipes class action can't prove injuries, impinges city sovereignty

Jonathan Bilyk May 25, 2016, 6:08pm

Saying the Chicago city residents who brought the legal action can’t prove they were injured by lead in their water and arguing the lawsuit comes directly against the city’s rights under the law to set its own governmental policy, Chicago city attorneys have asked the court to toss a class action demanding the court order the city to replace lead water pipes leading to homes throughout the city and pay for medical monitoring for a large number of Chicagoans who may have been exposed to lead.

Judge tosses class action vs Osco over generic substitutions for brand name ADHD drug

Scott Holland Apr. 18, 2016, 1:39pm

Osco Drug has secured the dismissal of a federal class action lawsuit brought by a Chicago man who claimed pharmacists at the regional retail pharmacy chain wrongly substituted generic versions for a brand name drug his doctors had prescribed to treat his son’s ADHD symptoms. Plaintiff Alex Turetsky, of Chicago, had filed a complaint in Chicago federal court in November 2015 against the companies doing business as Osco Drug.

'Clean diesel' scandal makes running Volkswagen dealerships much less profitable, Napleton Auto's RICO class action says

Scott Holland Apr. 7, 2016, 3:03pm

A Chicagoland auto franchise is taking aim at Volkswagen federal court, arguing a scandal now surrounding the German automaker and its diesel cars - and Volkswagen’s handling of the scandal in the months since allegations first publicly surfaced of the automaker’s purported attempt to deceive government auto emissions testers - has damaged the ability of Volkswagen dealerships, including its own, to turn a profit.

Class action demands Chicago replace lead water lines, pay for residents' lead exposure monitoring

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 19, 2016, 6:24pm

The city of Chicago could be forced to replace lead water pipes leading to homes throughout the city and pay for medical monitoring for lead exposure for a large number of Chicago residents should three city residents succeed in a class action lawsuit alleging the city failed to do enough to protect residents against lead contamination in their drinking water in the wake of city water line replacement projects.

Judge tosses false claims class action vs makers of 'wonder drug' supplement Anatabloc

Scott Holland Feb. 12, 2016, 1:51pm

A class action lawsuit targeting the maker of a “wonder drug” nutritional supplement has been shelved after a federal judge tossed the complaint of two men who claimed they had been misled by the supplement makers’ claims regarding the product’s effectiveness at treating arthritis and other inflammation.

Judge grants conditional OK to settlement deal to end NCAA concussion litigation

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 27, 2016, 4:58pm

A federal judge has signed off on an agreement to settle the bulk of the litigation against the National Collegiate Athletic Association over concussions and other brain injuries suffered by college athletes nationwide. On Tuesday, Jab. 26, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee granted preliminary approval to the settlement agreement between the NCAA and a potential class of more than 4.4 million student athletes nationwide.

Class action demands state pay up, despite budget impasse, for land taken for road projects

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 10:43pm

A property owner believes the state has wrongfully used Springfield’s ongoing budget dispute to improperly withhold payment on land the Illinois Department of Transportation seized for work on Route 59 in DuPage County, so the land owner has filed a class action to force Illinois to pay up to all others who have allegedly been similarly wronged. Naper Corner, successor entity to North Star Trust, filed suit Dec. 28 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Former store workers cleared to bring wage, hour class action against Family Video

Dana Herra Dec. 3, 2015, 11:30pm

A federal judge was not swayed by Family Video’s “creative” arguments against granting class certification in a lawsuit filed by a group of the retailer’s former employees, allowing the litigation to move forward under both federal and Illinois wage and hour laws.

Class action alleges Osco Drug knew generic ADHD drugs they were distributing were less effective than brand name version

Scott Holland Nov. 20, 2015, 5:34pm

Osco Drug is facing a federal class action lawsuit over the sale of generic prescription drugs used to treat ADHD, which they allegedly knew were inferior to the brand name drug for which they were substituting. Chicago resident Alex Turetsky, parent of a minor identified as J.T., filed a complaint in federal court in Chicago this week against the companies doing business as Osco Drug.

Chicago plaintiffs pour local lawsuit into mix of rising nationwide litigation vs McCormick over black pepper slack fill

Scott Holland Sep. 17, 2015, 10:04am

Culinary experts may disagree on what constitutes a dash of pepper, but residents of Chicago and Altoona, Iowa, have joined their names to a growing list of litigants making a federal case out of the amount of the spice in jars sold by McCormick & Company throughout the country. Julia Vladimirsky, of Chicago, and Bernard Ortiz, of Altoona, Iowa, filed a class action complaint against spice purveyor McCormick and Wal-Mart Stores, alleging the companies changed the amount of black pepper in newer