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Judge caps off class action accusing Walgreens of wrongly collecting Chicago's 5 cent bottled water tax

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 10, 2017, 3:33pm

A Cook County judge has put a lid on a class action lawsuit against Walgreens brought by a man who claimed the drug store chain wrongly charged him and others a 5 cent city of Chicago sales tax on bottled drinks, which should have applied only to bottled water.

SNAP rep denies lawsuit's accusation sex abuse survivors group colludes with lawyers for kickbacks

Laura Halleman Feb. 1, 2017, 11:26pm

A former employee of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is suing the group, alleging collusion with survivors' attorneys - charges the group denies.

Class action settled vs Trump campaign over unauthorized text messages

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 27, 2017, 9:17pm

A class action lawsuit alleging Donald Trump’s presidential campaign texted people without their permission has been dismissed, court documents show. And the plaintiff in the case has told The Cook County Record the case was setttled. 

Clergy sex abuse survivors group ran kickback scheme with lawyers, says ex-fundraiser's lawsuit

Scott Holland Jan. 23, 2017, 2:58pm

A former fundraiser at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has sued her ex-employer, accusing the Chicago-based self-help agency for victims of clergy sexual abuse of firing her after she exposed an alleged kickback scheme between the Network and trial lawyers suing on behalf of the victims.

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.

Walgreens: Didn't mislead anyone to pay a Chicago beverage tax; judge should dismiss class action

Scott Holland Nov. 22, 2016, 6:23pm

Walgreens has asked a judge to dismiss a class action complaint it faces over a nickel beverage tax. In a Nov. 2 Cook County Circuit Court filing, Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance asked Judge Diane J. Larsen to dismiss a complaint Destin McIntosh filed Aug. 15, in which McIntosh claimed the pharmacy giant improperly charged a 5-cent tax. 

Volvo's offer to refund purchase price of 'underperforming' hybrid SUV nixed class action vs automaker

Scott Holland Oct. 18, 2016, 11:56am

Volvo will not have to face a class action complaint about its hybrid vehicles after a federal judge in Chicago agreed to dismiss a lawsuit which demanded Volvo refund tens of thousands of dollars to everyone who purchased one of the automaker’s hybrid SUVs, which plaintiffs alleged underperformed its advertised battery-only driving range. 

Class action says Walgreens wrongly collected 5 cent bottled water tax from other drink sales

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 17, 2016, 4:22pm

A man who claims Walgreens wrongly charged him a 5 cent sales tax on drinks he purchased at their stores has brought a class action lawsuit against the nation’s largest chain of drug stores, claiming the retailer likely similarly overcharged potentially thousands of other people and should be made to pay under Illinois law.

Class action says Trump campaign sent unsolicited, automated text messages, broke federal law

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 25, 2016, 8:46pm

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the campaign texted people without permission, and should pay as much as $1,500 for each improper text message sent.

Federal appeals court: PF Chang's can be sued over potential ID theft from data breach

Dan Churney Apr. 25, 2016, 12:34pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel has given the P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain a case of legal indigestion, by reversing a district court’s dismissal of a class action suit brought by two diners, who claimed they were vulnerable to identity theft, because the chain’s allegedly poor data security allowed hackers to obtain diners’ debit and credit card information.

Volvo's hybrid engine doesn't go far enough on battery alone, XC90 buyer says in class action

Scott Holland Apr. 22, 2016, 4:58pm

Volvo is facing a class action complaint over the performance of its hybrid sport utility vehicles.

VW diesel emissions class actions transferred, centralized by MDL Panel in San Francisco federal court

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2015, 1:04pm

The blizzard of litigation filed against Volkswagen in the wake of revelations the automaker allegedly installed devices on diesel cars to fool emissions testing equipment has been redirected to federal court in San Francisco. Across the country, more than 500 lawsuits - primarily class action complaints - have been lodged in federal district courts against Volkswagen. In the Northern District of Illinois, for instance, 19 such lawsuits have been filed against VW.

Prior class action settlements doom fresh class action attempt vs maker of Oscillo

Dana Herra Nov. 16, 2015, 9:58pm

A federal judge has denied class certification in a lawsuit against the maker of a homeopathic flu remedy, but is permitting the man who filed the suit to proceed with his claim for individual relief. Plaintiff Chad Conrad sued Boiron Inc. and Boiron USA Inc., manufacturer of a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum, sold under the name Oscillo.

Judge junks junk fax class action settlement deal to pay plaintiffs' lawyer 98 percent of proceeds, class members zero

Scott Holland Sep. 24, 2015, 11:05pm

Saying a proposed settlement agreement in which a lawyer would receive over 98 percent of the proceeds “does not come close to meeting the standards of fairness and reasonableness,” a federal judge in Chicago has rejected the request of two truck companies to settle a class action dispute over junk faxes sent by one of the companies. Grok Lines Inc., of Palatine, which initiated a class action claim against Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines, was pursuing a $100,000 settlement.

Operators of subscription adult entertainment sites Well Hello, Badoink face class action over unsolicited text messages linked to porn

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 31, 2015, 8:11pm

A Chicago businessman has brought what he intends to be a federal class action against the owners of pornographic websites who he says have improperly sent text messages to his mobile phone and those of untold numbers of others, seeking to entice them to click a link directing them to view their subscription service sites. On Aug. 30, David Izsak filed suit in federal court in Chicago against Smoochy Brands LLC and CM Productions LLC.