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Amazon hit with class action over alleged wrongful debits for Prime memberships

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 28, 2017, 7:58pm

A Chicago woman who claims Amazon continued to draw payments from her bank account for an Amazon Prime membership she says she didn’t even purchase has filed a class action suit against the online retailer.

'Joint employer' lawsuit vs Amazon, trucking companies illustrates reach of doctrine pushed by NLRB

Mia Sims Nov. 15, 2016, 7:17pm

A class action lawsuit recently filed against Amazon and a trucking operation that works with the online retailer illustrate the reach of the "joint employer" doctrine now being expanded by federal regulators, an attorney who focuses on labor and employment issues.

Delivery drivers sue trucking firms, Amazon as joint employers, say broke law by not paying OT

Dana Herra Nov. 3, 2016, 5:06pm

A pair of former delivery drivers has filed a class action lawsuit against the trucking company that employed them and against Internet behemoth Amazon, the merchant whose cargo they were delivering and who they allege acted as their "joint employer," saying the companies wrongly didn't pay overtime, making them earn less than what state and federal law requires.

Amazon can use rejected settlement offer to fight background check class action, judge says

Dan Churney Dec. 14, 2015, 11:16pm

A Chicago federal judge has ruled a plaintiff, who is leading a putative class action suit against Amazon for allegedly rejecting his job application after a background check turned up what the plaintiff said is a bogus report of a drug conviction, can’t stop the online retailer from using the plaintiff’s decision to reject a settlement offer as a defense to ward off the class action suit.

Lawsuit: City sidestepped law in enacting 'Cloud Tax' via administrative ruling on streaming media

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 11, 2015, 4:56pm

A group of Chicago residents who subscribe to a range of online streaming media services, including Netflix, Xbox Live, Amazon Prime and Spotify, have sued City Hall, asserting the decision by the city’s comptroller to tax the services under the city’s existing amusement tax is illegal. On Sept. 9, the Chicago-based legal non-profit Liberty Justice Center filed the complaint challenging the so-called “Cloud Tax” in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of six Chicago residents.

Chicago manufacturer sues rival for 'slavishly copying' its personal misting, cooling products

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 13, 2015, 9:00am

A Chicago company which bills itself as “innovators in the field of personal cooling,” making personal misting fans, sports bottles and other products, have sued a South Carolina-based competitor, claiming its rival has blatantly copied its designs and infringed patents in rolling out a new product line of personal cooling products.

Wisconsin poet alleges CBS lifted her copyrighted work for use in Criminal Minds episode

Sherry Jiao Apr. 27, 2015, 11:14am

BarinholtzA Wisconsin woman is claiming copyright infringement over a popular television show’s alleged use of her poem without giving her credit.Susan Lynn Kugler filed suit on April 17 in federal court in Chicago against defendants CBS Studios, Paramount Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and ABC Studios.Kugler, who is represented by attorney

Seventh Circuit awards legal fees to author who won Sherlock Holmes copyright challenge; urges Doyle's estate to change business model

Bethany Krajelis Aug. 6, 2014, 1:05pm


Runner's wife files class action lawsuit over Garmin's fitness tracker

Andrew Thomason Feb. 5, 2014, 4:31pm


Apple and Amazon accused of patent infringement over video streaming services

Kenneth Lowe Jan. 21, 2014, 1:45pm

An Ohio-based company is suing two technology giants and a pair of movie production companies, claiming the tech companies' widely-used video streaming services infringes on its patents.

Supreme Court strikes down so-called Amazon tax law; Karmeier dissents

Bethany Krajelis Oct. 18, 2013, 2:53pm