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Retired flight attendants cleared to continue suing American Airlines over change to boarding status perk

Scott Holland Aug. 18, 2017, 4:22pm

A group of American Airlines retirees will be able to continue their lawsuit against the company over changes to their priority boarding status, which they claim was guaranteed to them as a retirement benefit.

Uber agrees to settle 'Refer-A-Friend' class action for $20M; $6.6M potentially going to lawyers

Scott Holland Aug. 17, 2017, 5:49pm

Uber is moving toward a $20 million settlement of a class action lawsuit by a group accusing the ride-hailing company of breaking federal law in how it sent “Refer-A-Friend” promotional messages to prospective new customers.

Federal judge's 'important punt' sends key question on status of Uber drivers in class action to arbitrator

John Myers Aug. 16, 2017, 2:00pm

A Chicago federal judge has added a new entry in the ongoing debate over whether companies can force employees and contractors to sign class-action waivers, stepping into a dispute in which an Uber driver claims the company owes him wages and overtime under federal law.

Seventh Circuit slices $4.8M atty fee award in half in defective washing machines class action vs Sears

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 15, 2017, 4:35pm

A federal appeals panel has sliced almost in half nearly $5 million in attorney fees awarded by a federal judge to a group of lawyers who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.

Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

Scott Holland Aug. 14, 2017, 6:18pm

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Judge: Advocate must recognize union representing nurses working at Walgreens clinics

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 14, 2017, 5:59pm

A Chicago federal judge has ordered Advocate Health to recognize and bargain with a union representing more than 140 advanced practice nurses who staff the former Take Care Health clinics Advocate now operates inside Chicago area Walgreens stores, saying he believes the ex-Take Care Health APNs should be counted separately from the more than 200 APNs Advocate already employed at its other walk-in clinics for the purposes of collective bargaining.

Class action accuses Walgreens of 'scheme' with insurers to overcharge customers, claw back copays

Scott Holland Aug. 13, 2017, 11:54am

A customer who said Walgreens charged him $21.80 for a generic drug through his insurance plan without telling him he could have paid only $10 if he paid in cash, has filed a federal class action complaint against the Deerfield-based retail pharmacy giant, saying the overcharge is part of a “fraudulent scheme” between the retailer and insurance companies.

Lawyer recommends employers work with experts after class-action suit against Kroger subsidiary over biometric data

John Myers Aug. 13, 2017, 11:51am

As they face a growing number of class action lawsuits from workers accusing them of improperly collecting and storing their fingerprints and other biometric data, employers should not ignore the litigation threat arising from a growing number of state laws protecting biometric privacy.

Judge severs disability access class action attempt vs Kohl's, says not near enough settlement

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 11, 2017, 3:44pm

After rejecting an attempt by advocates for those with disabilities to turn their lawsuit over accessibility standards at Kohl’s department stores into a nationwide class action against the retailer, a federal judge has separated the cases, saying he does not hold out much hope the parties will agree to a settlement to resolve their disputes over such things as the width of Kohl’s store aisles and whether stores lived up to the retail chain’s “Shopability Standards.”

Federal court dismisses laundromat owner's discrimination suit against Inland Bank and Trust

Glenn Minnis Aug. 10, 2017, 5:29pm

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a suit filed by a longtime South Side Chicago businessman who accused a bank of discriminating against him when it sought to foreclose on his loan and take away his home.

Vugo given green light to continue lawsuit vs city over Uber, Lyft ad ban

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

Minneapolis-based tech firm Vugo, which provides interactive video advertising to be displayed in Uber and Lyft vehicles, has received a green light to continue its legal challenge against a Chicago city ordinance barring such advertising in the vehicles, as a federal judge said she wasn’t sure she was buying the city’s assertions the ad ban was needed to protect “captive” passengers.

Judge breaks down cardboard antitrust action, says prices were raised, but no evidence of scheme

Dan Churney Aug. 9, 2017, 3:15pm

A Chicago federal judge has boxed up a class action antitrust suit against two containerboard companies, which alleged the companies conspired to fix prices, saying plaintiffs may have raised prices and cut production, but defendants failed to show the acts were part of a scheme and not simply reactions to the market.

Century National Insurance Company alleges it has no liability in lawsuit over fatal allergic reaction

Louie Torres Aug. 9, 2017, 1:00am

An insurance company is suing GT Transport Inc., Grainco FS Inc. and Grace Shaw, special administrator of the estate of Anthony Lincoln, alleging it has no liability in lawsuit involving a fatal allergic reaction.

Class action: Groupon violates ADA by not offering comparable deals accessible to disabled

Scott Holland Aug. 8, 2017, 4:40pm

A man with spina bifida has accused Groupon of discrimination for not offering comparable products accessible to those with disabilities alongside other offered deals, including discounted hotel stays and football tickets.

Popsockets LLC accuses online marketplace of selling counterfeit goods

Louie Torres Aug. 8, 2017, 1:00am

A Colorado company is suing several alleged online counterfeiters, identified on a schedule listed in their complaint, for alleged copyright infringement and unfair competition.

Judge slices $6.5M sex discrimination verdict to $100K, citing damage caps

Scott Holland Aug. 4, 2017, 12:19pm

A federal judge has shaved more than $6 million off a jury’s verdict in a 2011 discrimination case because the company wasn’t large enough to be forced to pay more.

Any Time Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. accused of breach of contract

Louie Torres Aug. 4, 2017, 3:30am

A labor group is suing Any Time Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. for alleged breach of contract.

Tommy Hilfiger accuses online stores of copyright infringement

Louie Torres Aug. 4, 2017, 3:00am

Clothing maker Tommy Hilfiger is suing several online stores listed in a court filing, citing alleged copyright infringement and unfair competition.

Morcom Construction Company accused of breach of contract

Louie Torres Aug. 4, 2017, 2:30am

A labor group and an administrative manager are suing Morcom Construction Company for alleged breach of contract.

LivaNova PLC accused of negligence, product liability for infection allegedly linked to Sorin 3T

Louie Torres Aug. 4, 2017, 2:00am

A deceased man's family is suing LivaNova PLC, Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH and Sorin Group USA Inc. for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries, negligence, product liability and violation of federal law.