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Class action: Chicago tramples rights in prosecuting distracted driving tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 4, 2017, 12:06pm

Fast on the heels of a $39 million settlement ending their class action lawsuit against City Hall over tickets issued under its red light camera program, attorneys with the firm of Myron Cherry & Associates have again delivered a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago, now alleging the city also wrongly prosecuted tens of thousands of city citations issued under the city’s distracted driving ordinance.

Jimmy John's, asst mgr class action plaintiffs square off over whether sandwich chain is 'joint employer'

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 26, 2017, 4:00pm

Facing a growing number of lawsuits over its alleged treatment of assistant store managers, sub sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s has asked a Chicago federal judge to determine exactly how much responsibility it should bear for how its franchisees classify, pay and manage those assistant managers.

Chicago red light camera settlement deal could bring plaintiffs' lawyers $11.5M

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 25, 2017, 1:50pm

Under a proposed $38.75 million settlement to end one of the class action lawsuits it faces over abuses within its red light camera program, the city of Chicago could pay those who were ticketed under the program half of the money they paid to the city for the alleged wrongful $100 fines. Attorneys for the plaintiffs who brought the case, however, could drive off with more than $11 million in fees for their work, should a Cook County judge sign off on the deal.

$38M red light camera settlement on table; Deal won't end risk to city, taxpayers, other litigants say

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 21, 2017, 10:58pm

People who received tickets from Chicago’s red light cameras could be in line for a bit of a refund, should Chicago aldermen sign off on a $38.75 million settlement deal negotiated by City Hall’s lawyers to end a class action lawsuit over the automated traffic enforcement program. But the trial lawyers behind a separate class action against the city say the settlement doesn’t end the legal and financial risk to the city or taxpayers.

IL high court deadlocks on whether title companies' attorney payments are kickbacks

Jonathan Bilyk May 22, 2017, 4:54pm

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has let stand a lower court’s decision to allow lawyers to earn fees – even fees that appear overly large, compared to the amount of work being done – from real estate title companies, despite accusations that the fee-splitting arrangements amount to little more than a kickback scheme.

Federal judge tosses some accusations vs testosterone drug makers on eve of Androgel bellwether trials

Dan Churney May 16, 2017, 3:34pm

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed several. but not all of the claims against the maker of a testosterone boosting drug, advanced by several plaintiffs chosen as bellwethers in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. against multiple drug manufacturers, including Besins, AbbVie, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline.

Appeals court: Cook Circuit Clerk misinterpreted state law, can be sued for wrongly collecting fees

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 18, 2017, 4:08pm

The Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office has misinterpreted a state law allowing it to collect fees from people filing certain motions in court, a state appeals court has said, clearing the way for a Chicago man and his attorney to pursue their lawsuit to secure a court order forcing the clerk’s office to stop demanding the money.

Class action says telemarketers working for banks secretly recorded phone calls with small biz owners

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 12, 2016, 5:03pm

A Salt Lake City-based telemarketing business which uses a Naperville call center to solicit retailers and other merchants to persuade them to hire certain banks to process their debit and credit transactions has been hit with a class action lawsuit from small business owners who allege they and a company whose marketing operations they purchased last year, “surreptitiously recorded” phone conversations in which the business owners divulged financials and other “sensitive” information.

New city red light, speed camera ordinance 'illegal' try at re-collecting voided tickets, class action says

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 11, 2016, 2:35pm

Saying the new ordinance marks nothing more than an illegal attempt by Chicago City Hall to collect fines and fees on old traffic tickets already voided by a judge, a group of plaintiffs who earlier secured the key court victories in their quest to collect refunds for potentially more than 1 million tickets issued under the city’s red light and speed camera programs have returned to Cook County court, asking a judge to declare the new ordinance unconstitutional.

Judge OKs class action vs Chicago over alleged missteps in issuing red light, speed camera tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 7, 2016, 8:40am

Anyone who received a red light or speeding camera ticket from the city of Chicago before May 2015 could be added to a class action lawsuit demanding the city void many red light and speed camera tickets because City Hall allegedly broke its own rules in the way it notified the people who had been ticketed.

Big U.S. sales of Androgel sink Belgian drugmaker Besins' try to toss 'Low T' drug class action suit

Dana Herra Oct. 14, 2016, 9:30am

A federal judge has denied a Belgian drug maker’s attempt to remove itself from a massive class-action lawsuit that claims testosterone replacement drugs caused harm to patients taking them for off-label conditions.

Class action tossed vs Cook County Circuit Clerk over fees for filing motions that aren't 'final'

Dan Churney Sep. 27, 2016, 6:06pm

A Cook County judge has shot down a class action suit brought by a suburban medical records company, which alleged the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s Office wrongly charged litigants with fees for filing certain types of motions, ruling the company should have paid the fee under protest and pursued other options, rather than lodge a lawsuit. 

Group suing Cook County Circuit Clerk over filing fees asks judge to toss 'copy-and-paste' duplicate lawsuits

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 8, 2016, 3:43pm

A Schaumburg-based medical records technology company, which brought a class action lawsuit against Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown over her office’s allegedly improper collection of filing fees for certain kinds of motions, has asked a judge to either dismiss or at least put a hold on what it called “copy-and-paste” duplicate class actions filed after its initial lawsuit.

Cook County judge: Chicago must send second notice of red light, speeding camera tickets, or they're void

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 26, 2016, 4:03pm

The city of Chicago will need to continue to defend its red light and speed camera ticketing policies in court after a Cook County judge refused to dismiss claims the city had violated its own ordinance by only sending one violation notice to people who had been ticketed for running red lights or speeding, when the ordinance requires a second notice be sent before the city moves to begin collecting the fines and assessing fees.

Cook Circuit Clerk improperly collects fees on motions that aren't 'final,' class action lawsuit says

Scott Holland Nov. 24, 2015, 11:57am

The Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office has been hit with a potential class action lawsuit, brought by litigants who claim the office has improperly collected fees for interlocutory motions filed over various questions arising while cases are still in process in Cook County Circuit Court. Midwest Medical Records Association filed the class-action complaint Nov. 19, naming Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown, as well as co-defendants Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappasand the county itself.

United management pilots win class action certification to sue the Air Line Pilots Association union over retro pay

Dana Herra Oct. 6, 2015, 11:29pm

A federal judge in Chicago has signed off on class action status for a lawsuit against the Air Line Pilots Association International, or ALPA, by management pilots for United Airlines, who complain they were not fairly compensated in a payout of $225 million in retroactive pay the association distributed on behalf of the airline.