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Lawyers behind NCAA concussion settlement request combined $21M in fees

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 18, 2017, 5:28pm

Laywers behind the nationwide concussion class action lawsuit against the NCAA, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries, have now asked a Chicago federal judge to award them attorney fees of $15 million. And attorneys with Edelson P.C., who represented an objector to the initial settlement and claims their work added $50 million to the settlement, has requested the court order an additional $6 million in fees.

Class action: Zoomer food delivery service broke US phone law by sending texts to hawk app

Scott Holland Jan. 13, 2017, 7:01pm

Zoomer, a company which provides third-party “independent contractor” drivers to pick up and deliver take-out meals on behalf of restaurants, is facing a class action complaint over text messages the company sent to restaurant customers to promote its delivery tracking smartphone app. 

Judge OKs suit vs After School app makers over texts; plaintiff wants decision applied vs Down To Lunch

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 3, 2017, 6:57pm

A Chicago federal judge will allow a potential class action lawsuit to proceed against the makers of smartphone app “After School,” saying the app’s use of allegedly unauthorized invitational text messages to grow its user base could violate federal law. And this decision could have implications for another class action lawsuit against the makers of another app.

L.A. Tan settles fingerprint scan privacy class action for $1.5M; attorneys get $600K

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 9, 2016, 3:33pm

A woman who brought two class action lawsuits against L.A. Tan and some of its local franchisees over how they handle customers’ fingerprint scans has settled one of the lawsuits, as L.A. Tan has agreed to pay $1.5 million - including $600,000 to the attorneys who filed the class action.

Maneuver in receipt privacy class action earns AllSaints $58K sanction from federal judge

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 8, 2016, 4:53pm

The U.S. wing of a British high-end retail clothier has failed in a gambit to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging it broke federal law by printing too many credit card digits on its customers’ receipts – and has been stuck with a bill for $58,000 for its opponents’ legal costs, as the federal judge sent the case back to Cook County court for further proceedings.

Edelson says Bandas, others, conspiring to 'serially object' to class action settlements, extort payoffs

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 5, 2016, 8:51pm

A prominent Chicago class action law firm and prolific filer of class action lawsuits against a diverse array of businesses has aimed its latest class action lawsuit against a Texas law firm and other alleged co-conspirators it accuses of engaging in a pattern of racketeering and extortion as “professional objectors,” who use the law to extract payoffs, often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, in exchange for withdrawing objections holding up the completion of class action settlement paymen

Joya Communications accused of violating phone laws

Louie Torres Nov. 16, 2016, 9:31am

Two women have filed a class action lawsuit against Joya Communications Inc., a California business, citing alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.

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.