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Class action vs legal directory Avvo tossed, judge says attorney listings protected by First Amendment

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2016, 3:55pm

A federal judge has tossed a Chicago lawyer’s class action lawsuit against online attorney directory Avvo, ruling Avvo’s lawyer listings are protected by the First Amendment, and don’t break an Illinois law which forbids the use of personal information, without consent, for profit.

Class action lawsuit: Seterus reaped kickbacks from force-placed home insurance policies

Jonathan Bilyk May 31, 2016, 8:01pm

Seterus, one of the country’s largest servicers of home mortgages, has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the company has overcharged its customers for mandatory insurance coverage by partnering with one insurance provider, who then kicks back a portion of the purportedly overpriced insurance policies to Seterus.

People who sued Peet's for pouring too little French press coffee confidentially settle

Jonathan Bilyk May 2, 2016, 11:01pm

A group of people who sued Peet’s Coffee & Tea for allegedly shorting them the amount French press coffee they believed they were owed for their money, have settled their lawsuits, surrendering their opportunity to pursue the cases as class actions.

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.

Online lawyer directory Avvo hit with class action for allegedly wrongly profiting from lawyers' 'professional ID'

Dana Herra Feb. 8, 2016, 4:58pm

A Chicago attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit against Avvo, an online directory that allows consumers to search for attorneys by city, name or area of practice, claiming the website is making money from her information and that of other lawyers without permission.

Class action says Ford knew about 'inherent defect' in PowerShift transmission, never told car owners

Dana Herra Feb. 3, 2016, 9:23am

A Plainfield woman has brought a class action suit against Ford, claiming the automaker knew the PowerShift transmission it offers on Fiestas and Focuses is defective, but has never publicly acknowledged the defect or offered restitution to vehicle owners.

Appeals panel: Airlines aren't breaching contract when put passengers' checked bags on separate flights

Dana Herra Jan. 15, 2016, 12:41pm

An airline is under no obligation to make sure passengers and their baggage are transported on the same flight, an Illinois appeals court ruled, upholding a decision of a Cook County judge in dismissing a class action lawsuit on the question. Plaintiff Gina Spadoni had filed a single-count class-action lawsuit against United Airlines in Cook County Circuit Court in 2014, claiming the airline breached its contract with her when it placed her baggage on a different flight.

Lottery winners, rebuffed in federal court, bring class action in Cook to collect interest on winnings

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 12, 2016, 2:47pm

About a month after a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery over failure to pay winnings amid the ongoing Illinois state budget impasse, plaintiffs from the dismissed federal case have hit the same lottery and state officials with another class action, this time asserting the state owes them interest on the unpaid or slowly paid lottery winnings.

Appeals panel tosses $158K legal fee award in consumer fraud case vs Sears over $3.10 sales tax overcharge

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 7, 2016, 4:02pm

Chicago-based Zimmerman Law Offices may need to produce more records to substantiate its work if it wishes to recover a $157,000 payday it claims Sears must pay for work the firm performed to secure a $3.10 consumer fraud judgment on behalf of a “professional class action plaintiff” who had claimed the retailer charged him too much sales tax when he used federal vouchers to buy digital television converter boxes.

Lawsuit claiming Ashley Madison faked female member profiles to dupe male customers headed to federal court

Dan Churney Dec. 23, 2015, 3:11pm

A Cook County man’s lawsuit, which alleges the Ashley Madison adultery website not only failed to protect personal information from hackers, but also two-timed male members through fake female profiles, could be headed from circuit court to Chicago federal court. In September, Matthew Lisuzzo filed a 10-count putative class-action suit in Cook County Circuit Court against Avid Life Media Inc., and the company’s law firm, Barnes & Thornburg.

Templeton Rye whiskey marketing settlement holds $36 for consumers, thousands for named plaintiffs, $750K for lawyers

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 16, 2015, 12:25pm

Drinkers of Templeton Rye have another month to submit their claims to get up to a $36 share of a $2.5 million settlement the company has reached to end a class action over the company’s allegedly deceptive marketing tactics. The class representatives and other named plaintiffs in the action, and the attorneys who represented them, however, are guaranteed to get quite a bit more, regardless of how many of Templeton Rye’s customers can verify they bought the whiskey since 2006.

Federal judge toasts suburban restaurant owner's lawsuit claiming vodka manufacturer falsely marketed product as handmade

Dan Churney Oct. 1, 2015, 8:43am

A suburban restaurant owner's class-action suit against a Texas distillery has dried up, after a Chicago federal judge found there were no grounds to allege the distillery falsely advertised its vodka as handcrafted. Mario Aliano, owner of Batavia-based restaurant business, Due Fratelli Inc., had filed a class action suit in October 2014 in Cook County Circuit Court against Fifth Generation Inc., which makes Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Lotto winners demand Lottery pay up despite state budget problems, stop selling tickets for large jackpot games

Scott Holland Sep. 10, 2015, 1:18pm

The state of Illinois has been operating since July 1 without a budget in place, causing a slowing or stoppage of payments in several arenas. One of those casualties was lottery players who won $25,000 or more on a single ticket. In response, two Illinois Lottery winners have filed a class action complaint against B.R. Lane, acting Illinois Lottery director, as well as the Lottery itself, the Lottery Control Board and Northstar Lottery Group, the private firm that operates lottery games in Illin