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Judge OKs $5.2M settlement for banks vs Kmart over data breach; $1.7M to lawyers

Dan Churney May 30, 2017, 9:54pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $5.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit by financial companies against Kmart over a data breach, including $1.7 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Appeals panel says Sears data disclosure doesn’t harm credit card holders, so suit is tossed

Dan Churney Jan. 9, 2017, 4:41pm

A Chicago appeals courts has affirmed a lower court ruling that shelved a class-action suit against Sears, Roebuck & Co., which alleged the retail giant sold credit card holders’ personal data to telemarketers, because card holders took no financial hit as a result of Sears’ action.

Judge awards $4.8 million to attorneys who settled defective washing machine lawsuit vs Sears

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 16, 2016, 5:19pm

A federal judge has signed off on a plan to award more than $4.8 million to attorneys who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.

Judge OKs deal ending washing machine class action vs Sears; mum on lawyers' request to get $6 million

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 18, 2016, 4:37pm

More than 10,000 people who paid to fix problems with certain kinds of Kenmore and Whirlpool washing machines sold by Sears could be in line for some money in coming months, as a Chicago federal judge approved a settlement agreement to end nearly a decade of litigation over the reliability of those home appliances.

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.

Federal judge dampens suit claiming Sears sells flammable riding mowers

Dan Churney Jan. 5, 2016, 10:27am

Acting on a motion to dismiss, a Chicago federal judge has pruned a class action lawsuit brought by four people against Sears, which alleges the retailer sold defective lawnmowers prone to burst into flames.

Weber lawsuit vs Sears over grill design more than just smoke, judge says

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2015, 12:51pm

The makers of the iconic Weber backyard grill may get their chance to prove at trial Sears intentionally aped the Weber design for its own store-brand grills, after a federal judge said there may be more than just smoke to Weber’s infringement claims against the retailer. Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, creator of the eponymous Weber Grill, filed suit in federal court in 2013 against Sears, alleging some Kenmore grills infringe on Weber’s trade dress.

Kmart lawsuit: Catamaran undercutting pharmacies on prescription drug costs, owes $38.5 million

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 2, 2015, 3:40pm

Kmart has joined its name to list of retail pharmacies suing Schaumburg-based pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran, claiming the policies of the middleman organization, which connects prescription drug retailers to health insurers, has left retail pharmacies eating millions of dollars in costs of drugs they provide to consumers, while Catamaran’s profits grow.