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Appeals panel upholds dismissal of class action challenge of how Blue Cross parent corp uses profits

Scott Holland Oct. 12, 2016, 6:25pm

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. 

Cruise line, others agree to pay up to $76M to end lawsuit over telemarketing cloaked as surveys

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 3:53pm

A cruise line and other companies accused of allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys have agreed to settle a federal class action lawsuit against them, agreeing to pay potentially as much as $76 million – including potentially as much as $24 million to plaintiffs’attorneys - to end the litigation before it went to trial.

'Game of War' in-game casino app doesn't violate gambling laws, judge says

Scott Holland Sep. 23, 2016, 12:44pm

An app operator won’t have to face a class action lawsuit after a federal judge in Chicago determined the company’s in-game casino does not break any laws. 

Woman alleges vibrator makers improperly used smartphone app to track usage

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2016, 11:40am

An Illinois woman has brought a class action against the makers of a high-tech personal intimacy device, alleging the smartphone app used to operate the vibrator is improperly collecting private information. 

Class members get $45 each, lawyers get $3.1 million in deal to end TCPA suit vs Nationstar

Dan Churney Sep. 8, 2016, 11:17am

A Chicago federal judge has approved a $12.1 million class action settlement against a national mortgage company, which allegedly made improper automated phone calls to collect debts, in which each class member gets $45 and attorneys pocket $3.1 million – even as attorneys had wanted $600,000 more. 

Pop Warner youth football hit with concussion class action; adds to growing list of CTE lawsuits

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 7, 2016, 4:49pm

Even as lawsuits continue to pile on in Chicago federal courtrooms against colleges and universities over football-induced concussions, a new front in the legal scrimmage has opened, as plaintiffs have lined up to tackle youth football powerhouse Pop Warner over brain injuries allegedly suffered by young teen athletes.

Class action says CVS has improperly called former Target pharmacy customers' cell phones

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 2, 2016, 4:10pm

A Chicago man has hit CVS with a class action lawsuit, saying the drug store giant, which recently purchased all of Target’s retail pharmacies, should be made to pay out for allegedly calling former Target pharmacy customers, without their consent, using automated messages to remind the customers to take prescription medications or pick up prescription refills at CVS.

Judge sinks bid by cruise line to use Spokeo to thwart class action over telemarketing disguised as surveys

Dana Herra Aug. 26, 2016, 12:47pm

A cruise line and other companies being sued for allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls under the guise of nonprofit surveys lost an attempt to use the recent U.S. Supreme Court Spokeo ruling to defeat a class action against them.

Samsung Qwerty Smart TV remotes overheating, leaking battery acid, class action suit says

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 26, 2016, 11:43pm

Samsung, one of the world’s largest makers of televisions and other electronics, has been hit with a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective remote controls for its smart TVs, centered on claims the remotes can overheat and cause the AA batteries inside to leak potentially dangerous “battery juice.” The lawsuit was filed July 25 in Chicago federal court.

Lawsuit accusing Grubhub of sending too many unwanted text messages lands in federal court

Scott Holland May 11, 2016, 4:18pm

A Chicago woman’s class action lawsuit that accused Chicago-based food delivery app operator Grubhub of sending unwanted text messages in violation of federal law, has landed in federal court.

California federal judge: Facebook can face privacy class actions under Illinois biometrics law

Dan Churney May 9, 2016, 2:37pm

A federal judge has ruled that even though a putative class-action suit against Facebook – which alleges the company lifted users’ biometric information without permission – was moved from Illinois federal court to California federal jurisdiction, Illinois law regarding privacy will apply in the case.

Cruise line, timeshare seller who tacked pitches to phone surveys likely broke law, judge says

Dana Herra Apr. 29, 2016, 5:45pm

A federal judge has ruled a group of companies that used promises of free cruises to entice people to take telephone political surveys appeared to have broken federal law, clearing the way for a class action to continue against a cruise line and seller of vacation timeshares.

Class action: Down To Lunch smartphone app illegally used users' phone contact lists to send spam promo texts

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 28, 2016, 11:06pm

The owners and developers of the hot new social networking app Down To Lunch have been hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging they illegally used text messages to “spam-vite” potentially thousands of people to download the app.

California woman dials up class action vs Chicago debt collector Harris & Harris over cell phone calls

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 15, 2016, 4:26pm

A California woman has dialed up a potential class action lawsuit against a Chicago-based debt collection firm she claims violated federal and California law when they called her mobile phone to try to collect debt on her unpaid traffic tickets.

Class action: Local L.A. Tan franchisee must pay for storing client fingerprints, despite similar suit vs national brand

Scott Holland Apr. 12, 2016, 6:22pm

While already pursuing a class action complaint against nationwide tanning salon franchiser L.A. Tan, an Illinois woman has lodged a second complaint against its Schaumburg franchisee, alleging the franchise business owner should be made to pay, as well, for collecting, storing and sharing customers’ fingerprints when enrolling them in L.A. Tan’s customer rewards program.

Online casino-style game provider beats back class action alleging it hosts illegal gambling

Scott Holland Mar. 30, 2016, 3:23pm

A federal judge has sided with online casino-style game company Double Down Interactive in a potential class action lawsuit which alleged the company's games violated Illinois gambling laws, and the company should pay back those who had paid to play its games.

Class action says iHeart Media, owners of WGCI, WLIT, other Chicago stations, sent illegal automated ad texts

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 25, 2016, 6:50pm

One of the country’s largest radio networks, and the parent company of several Chicago stations, has been served with a class action lawsuit alleging it violated federal law when it replied to listeners’ song requests and other text messages with texts containing advertisements for online games, apps, convenience stores and other sponsors.

Class action alleges GroupOn uses Instagram photos without permission to promote deals

Scott Holland Feb. 9, 2016, 9:26am

An Instagram user has brought a class action against Groupon, arguing Chicago-based e-commerce deal provider has been wrongly using photos posted to Instagram to promote deals crafted by Groupon for restaurants and other businesses.

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.

Ministry hit with another class action over robocalls soliciting donations to boost profits of 'prophet'

Scott Holland Jan. 12, 2016, 12:39pm

A Cook County resident fed up with receiving unwanted phone calls from a profitable prophet hopes a class action lawsuit will stop the ringing. Jeffrey Molitor filed the complaint Jan. 5 in Cook County Circuit against New York-based Manasseh Jordan Ministries and Yakim Manasseh Jordan.