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Lawsuit alleging Big Lots job applications disclose too much moved from Philadelphia to Chicago federal court

Dan Churney Jan. 4, 2016, 9:45am

A Pennsylvania-born putative class-action suit, which alleges the nationwide retailer Big Lots violated federal law by overstocking job applicant disclosure statements with too much information, has landed in Chicago federal court. The one-count suit, between Aaron Abel and Big Lots Stores, Inc., was filed Nov. 2 in Philadelphia County Court and transferred to Chicago Dec. 15.

Caterpillar ordered to pay U.K. engineering firm $73 million for stealing trade secrets

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 22, 2015, 11:18am

A federal jury has ordered one of Illinois’ largest employers, Caterpillar, to pay a small United Kingdom-based company more than $73 million in damages, after the jury found Caterpillar had stolen trade secrets from the supplier business. On Dec. 18, the jury returned a verdict in favor of parts supplier Miller U.K.

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.

Federal judge declares Chicago red light camera program constitutional, tosses class action vs city, vendors

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 10, 2015, 3:38pm

A federal judge has slapped a permanent stop sign on a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago and the vendors it uses to administer its red light camera program, as the judge said the city should be allowed under state law and Illinois’ constitution to delegate the task of reviewing potential red light citations to administrators and technicians hired by the vendors.

Former store workers cleared to bring wage, hour class action against Family Video

Dana Herra Dec. 3, 2015, 11:30pm

A federal judge was not swayed by Family Video’s “creative” arguments against granting class certification in a lawsuit filed by a group of the retailer’s former employees, allowing the litigation to move forward under both federal and Illinois wage and hour laws.