Federal appeals panel: Judge's OK of class action vs Blue Cross amounted to unexplained 'judicial fiat'
A Chicago federal appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit, which alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates overcharged beneficiaries, then passed the profits back to Blue Cross, saying a Springfield federal judge overlooked “glaring problems” when allowing the suit to proceed as a class action.
A federal jury has ruled two trucking companies are not liable for drinking water contamination in suburban Sauk Village, granting a win to their firms in their court battle with the village, which had contended the trucking companies spilled cancer-causing chemicals into the groundwater the village pumps from its wells into the homes and businesses connected to its water system.
Appeals panel upholds dismissal of class action challenge of how Blue Cross parent corp uses profits
A state appeals panel has ruled in favor of the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, finding a Cook County judge was correct in dismissing a class action lawsuit arguing the health insurer should have spent more of its $10 billion in “cash surplus” for the betterment of its members.
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.
A years-long legal battle involving a group of Orland Park residents, a New Jersey blogger and an Orland Park library employee who each accused those on the other side of spreading lies about them in an attempt to bring the other side to heel in a fight over library policy, has ended in Chicago’s federal courts, after a judge dismissed the library employee’s last attempt at continuing her lawsuit against the blogger.
General Mediterranean Holding says attorney missteps led to $18 million verdict in lawsuit over Rezko South Loop deal
An international real estate development group stung last year by a multi-million dollar jury award to a fellow investor who claimed the group cheated him out of millions in an allegedly underhanded deal with corrupt Illinois campaign financier Tony Rezko has itself filed suit against its former attorney, claiming missteps by the lawyer cost the group $18 million.
A federal jury has ordered one of Illinois’ largest employers, Caterpillar, to pay a small United Kingdom-based company more than $73 million in damages, after the jury found Caterpillar had stolen trade secrets from the supplier business. On Dec. 18, the jury returned a verdict in favor of parts supplier Miller U.K.
Appeals panel: Lawyers must only perform some 'core title' work to earn payments from title insurers, avoid kickback allegations
Two title insurance companies did not participate in an illegal kickback scheme by splitting fees with Chicago area real estate lawyers in return for those attorneys referring clients to them, a divided state appeals panel has ruled, finding lawyers are allowed to be paid fees by the title companies – even fees that may appear large, relative to the work they actually performed – if they perform any work related to clearing a title, at all.
Federal judge declares Chicago red light camera program constitutional, tosses class action vs city, vendors
A federal judge has slapped a permanent stop sign on a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago and the vendors it uses to administer its red light camera program, as the judge said the city should be allowed under state law and Illinois’ constitution to delegate the task of reviewing potential red light citations to administrators and technicians hired by the vendors.
Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.