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