Consumers too far down distribution chain to press price fixing class action vs steelmakers, says judge
A group of steel makers, led by Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA, have beaten down a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by more than a dozen consumers, who alleged the companies schemed to raise prices for goods made with steel, by pointing out the consumers were too far down the distribution line from the steel manufacturers to claim losses.
This week, a Chicago federal court will empanel jurors to decide whether pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline should be made to pay the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK, because, the woman claims, the drug’s warning label, which was approved by federal regulators, did not contain enough information on suicide risk, misleading the doctor who prescribed it.
Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher – a player whose exceptional, bruising play on the field was accentuated by his clean shaven head – has rushed to sack a Florida medical practice the middle linebacker said has wrongly profited from baldly using Urlacher’s name and hair regrowth success to market his services.
Volvo's offer to refund purchase price of 'underperforming' hybrid SUV nixed class action vs automaker
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.
A federal judge has tossed out a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by the African-American owners of a garbage hauling company, who had alleged Chicago city officials and representatives of two other waste haulers had conspired to lock their smaller, minority-owned rival out of the city’s waste hauling business, saying the small business owners had not offered nearly enough evidence to back their assertions.
The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that an increase in the state’s cigarette tax does not violate the state constitution. Casey’s Marketing Company, which operates hundreds of Casey’s General Store convenience stores, filed the initial complaint in the wake of state legislation in 2012 to roughly double the per cigarette tax charged to those who sell them.
A group of more than two dozen California wineries who ship wine to Illinois customers have scored a legal win, as a Cook County judge granted the request of Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan to dismiss numerous lawsuits alleging the wineries had shorted the state's treasury by not paying sales taxes on shipping and handling fees they charged consumers.
A federal judge has tossed, with leave to amend, the bulk of a federal racketeering and fraud class action brought by an Ohio-based health insurer against Abbvie and other makers of testosterone drugs, saying the insurer has not yet backed up with enough particularity its allegations the drugmakers invented the condition known as “low T,” and, through false marketing to doctors, patients and insurers alike, induced insurers and others to pay far more for the drugs to treat the condition.
The makers of Four Loko, a cross between malt liquor and an energy drink, are on their own in defending against six lawsuits claiming consumption of the beverage led to injuries or deaths, after a state appellate court ruled the company’s insurer is not obligated to indemnify it. Chicago-based Phusion Projects Inc. and Phusion Projects LLC, makers of Four Loko, sued Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina in Cook County Circuit Court.
Chicago, Park Grill investors launch appeals, counter-appeals over rulings in Millennium Park restaurant deal fight
The legal fight over the fate of the Park Grill restaurant in Chicago’s Millennium Park will continue in the courts in 2016 and perhaps beyond, as the city of Chicago and the restaurant’s operators each prepare for appeals and counter-appeals of a Cook County judge’s decisions in a case over an allegedly crooked restaurant deal that has already cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees and court costs.
While Chicago city officials sued the owners of the Park Grill restaurant to collect millions of dollars in taxes and fees that would otherwise have been paid into the city’s coffers, the years-long litigation which failed to persuade a judge the deal was too crooked has cost the city’s taxpayers millions in legal fees, as well. In September, Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius shot down the lawsuit brought by Chicago City Hall to undo a deal cut by the Chicago Park District with a group of invest
Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.
The online sale of five hotel properties worth a combined $86 million is proceeding after a federal judge in Chicago approved the transaction, which is connected to an ongoing lawsuit regarding a multi-million dollar fraudulent loan scheme. Pennant Management is embroiled in legal proceedings after accusing First Farmers Financial of selling it the federally guaranteed portions of 26 fraudulent loans allegedly worth $180 million.