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Lawsuit: Bose headphone app secretly collects customer listening habits, data then sold by Bose

Scott Holland Apr. 19, 2017, 2:31pm

An Illinois man is pursuing a class action complaint worth at least $5 million against Bose Corp., accusing the maker of high-end wireless headphones, speakers and other audio equipment of selling customer data secretly collected by an app paired with the headphones and other consumer gear.

Flood of RICO countersuits could follow Edelson class action vs 'serial objectors,' Bandas firm warns

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 7:35pm

The courts could risk a flood of new litigation, which could chill efforts to object to future class action settlements, if a judge allows prominent Chicago class action trial law firm Edelson P.C. to continue with a class action lawsuit accusing rival Bandas Law Firm and others, of racketeering for acting as “professional objectors,” bent on extorting payoffs, according to a motion filed by Bandas.

Judge OKs at least $15M for plaintiff lawyers under Caribbean cruise telemarketing class action deal

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 7, 2017, 2:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an award of more than $15 million – and potentially, as much as $18.9 million – in attorney fees for lawyers who secured a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and other associated companies accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask illegal telemarketing calls.

Johnson & Bell hit Edelson with defamation suit, demand firm pay for 'self-serving publicity tour'

Scott Holland Apr. 1, 2017, 10:23pm

Johnson & Bell, a prominent Chicago civil defense law firm, has taken aim at the firm of Edelson P.C., alleging the Chicago-based firm which ranks as one of the country’s leading filers of digital privacy and technology class actions should be made to pay for using the courts to spread “lies and defamatory statements” as part of a continuing “self-serving publicity tour.” 

Class action: Grubhub texts violated federal law

Louie Torres Mar. 30, 2017, 1:54am

A consumer recently filed a class action lawsuit against Grubhub for alleged violations of telephone harassment statutes.

Class action vs Down To Lunch app makers tossed; promo 'spam-vite' texts users' fault, judge says

Scott Holland Mar. 27, 2017, 11:06am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a class action complaint against the San Francisco-based developer of the Down to Lunch smartphone app, saying app users – and not the software itself – are responsible for “spam-vite” promotional text messages sent to other people’s phones. 

Bluetooth-enabled vibrator maker settles digital privacy class action for $3.7M

Scott Holland Mar. 14, 2017, 2:45pm

The maker of a high-tech Bluetooth-enabled personal intimacy device has reached a $3.7 million settlement with a woman, on behalf of classes of other plaintiffs, who had accused the company of improperly collecting private information in a class action complaint filed last year. 

Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action

Dan Churney Mar. 6, 2017, 3:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.” 

Class action accuses Paypal of mishandling charitable donations made through its Giving Fund

Scott Holland Mar. 1, 2017, 5:25pm

A Highland Park charity and a donor are accusing PayPal of illegally withholding and redirecting donations intended to benefit certain charities in a class action complaint filed Feb. 28 in Chicago federal court.

Whitepages latest people search site hit by class action alleging wrongly uses people's names for ads

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 6, 2017, 4:49pm

Yet another online people search website has been targeted for allegedly breaking an Illinois privacy law, as a new class action alleges WhitePages.com also wrongly uses a web search advertising technique to use people’s names to market their search reports.

Judge: Calif. woman's class action can continue vs debt collector Harris & Harris over cell calls

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 3, 2017, 5:58pm

A Cook County judge has cleared a California woman to continue her class action lawsuit against a Chicago-based debt collector who she accused of breaking federal law in using so-called “skip tracing” to call her on her mobile phone to collect unpaid traffic tickets.

Class actions: PeopleLooker, InstantCheckmate, Intelius wrongly sell ads using users' names

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 30, 2017, 4:15pm

After filing a class action lawsuit against online personal information provider Spokeo, the legal team behind that lawsuit has brought at least three other class actions against similar online operators, claiming their web search advertising practices also have violated an Illinois privacy law by using a web search advertising trick to use people’s names to market their online people search products.

Lawsuit vs Spokeo alleges online info company's personalized ads broke IL identity protection law

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 25, 2017, 6:41pm

Spokeo, a company whose name has become synonymous with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the impact of which remains a heavily debated topic in class action litigation across the country, has been served with a new class action lawsuit in Chicago, this time brought by an Illinois woman who claims the company has violated Illinois law by using a web search advertising trick to use her name and those of others to market its online people search products.

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.