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Chicago taxi surcharge fee class actions end in settlement deal for refunds, $48K attorney fees

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2016, 1:58pm

Lawsuits targeting Chicago taxi companies and a payment processing company for adding a 50-cent surcharge to nearly 410,000 credit card payments over three-plus months this spring have been garaged, according to a settlement agreement filed Sept. 9 in Cook County Circuit Court. The deal ended the lawsuits in exchange for refunds of all improperly charged fees. Plaintiffs' lawyers received $48,000.

Judge says antitrust class action vs NorthShore's 2000 Highland Park hospital merger not time-barred

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 12, 2016, 8:26pm

NorthShore University Health System will need to continue to defend itself against a class action antitrust lawsuit, after a federal judge ruled a group of patients and health insurers were not years too late in bringing their legal action over NorthShore’s decision to allegedly jack up its rates nearly 16 years ago following its acquisition of Highland Park Hospital.

Judge douses consumer fraud class action vs Mondelez over whether belVita biscuits need milk

Dana Herra Apr. 14, 2016, 1:19pm

A northwest suburban woman who claimed she was duped by the advertising slogan on a box of breakfast biscuits lost her attempt at filing a class-action lawsuit when a federal judge dismissed her claim.

Say cheese: Class actions begin to pile up vs Kraft, Walmart over Parmesan cheese contents

Dana Herra Mar. 1, 2016, 11:27am

Class action lawsuits against Kraft Heinz and Walmart have begun to accumulate in the aftermath of a February news investigation turned up evidence of wood-based fillers in the companies’ grated Parmesan cheese products.

Cab fare credit card payment processors illegally charged 50 cent fee, need to pay up, class action says

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 23, 2016, 7:15pm

A company which processes credit card payments for many of the taxis operating in Chicago could be made to pay back thousands of taxi riders, should a Chicago man succeed in his class action lawsuit against the business over the addition of a 50-cent per ride fee charged since the beginning of the year to passengers paying fares with plastic.

Where's the pork? Woman slaps Walmart with class action, claims store brand pork and beans contains no actual pork

Scott Holland Oct. 9, 2015, 11:37pm

Just as actress Clara Peller famously asked “Where’s the beef?” in a series of memorable 1980s television commercials for fast food chain Wendy's, now a Schaumburg woman is demanding in a federal class action lawsuit to know where the pork is in Walmart’s store brand product labeled “Pork and Beans.”