A state appeals panel in Chicago has slapped down a motion by one law firm to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a rival firm on SLAPP grounds, saying the suit isn't trying to choke off defendants' free speech, as protected by anti-SLAPP law, but rather concerns alleged attacks on the plaintiff firm’s reputation.
The city of Chicago and the vendor to which the city paid $1.2 billion to install and run Chicago’s street parking meter system have been hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging the vendor and the city should be made to pay up for parking tickets wrongly issued to motorists who were actually legally parked after paying for their parking using the ParkChicago smartphone app.
Federal judge OKs 'least bad option' settlement deal to end class action over American Express gift cards
Thousands who had American Express gift cards could be in for a bit of money, after a federal judge signed off on a settlement agreement to end a class action over claims American Express had misled card holders. Lawyers were poised for a lesser payday than they had requested, as the judge adjusted down their fee request to be more in line with the total settlement.
VW diesel emissions class actions transferred, centralized by MDL Panel in San Francisco federal court
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.