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Class action vs legal directory Avvo tossed, judge says attorney listings protected by First Amendment

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2016, 3:55pm

A federal judge has tossed a Chicago lawyer’s class action lawsuit against online attorney directory Avvo, ruling Avvo’s lawyer listings are protected by the First Amendment, and don’t break an Illinois law which forbids the use of personal information, without consent, for profit.

Class action vs legal directory Avvo to stay in Chicago federal court, after judge allows lead plaintiffs' swap

Jonathan Bilyk May 26, 2016, 5:41pm

Faced with the possibility the class action lawsuit could be transferred to a court more than 2,000 miles away in the Pacific Northwest, the lawyers suing online attorney directory Avvo have swapped in a different Chicago attorney, who also is the son of a once-powerful Chicago alderman, to replace the original named plaintiff, whose history with Avvo could have triggered provisions in Avvo’s user agreement, which could have kicked the case to a federal court in Seattle.

Online lawyer directory Avvo hit with class action for allegedly wrongly profiting from lawyers' 'professional ID'

Dana Herra Feb. 8, 2016, 4:58pm

A Chicago attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit against Avvo, an online directory that allows consumers to search for attorneys by city, name or area of practice, claiming the website is making money from her information and that of other lawyers without permission.