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Judge rejects Google's argument in privacy lawsuit over photo scans; impact could reach far

Fraser Sherman Mar. 23, 2017, 12:40am

A Chicago federal judge recently rejected Google’s argument that an Illinois law on obtaining a person's biometric data does not apply to scanned photographs, and the decision could have far-reaching ramifications if other courts adopt the judge's interpretation of the law.

Appeals panel tosses out $84K sanction ordered vs Schaumburg attorney in contract dispute vs PNC

Scott Holland Mar. 21, 2017, 7:29pm

A divided federal appeals panel has tossed an $84,000 sanctions order against an attorney, finding a federal judge abused discretion in imposing the sanctions in a breach of contract suit brought by a telecommunications vendor against PNC Bank. 

Class action: Blistex lip ointment tubes, dispensers cause users to waste money on unusable product

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 16, 2017, 5:41pm

A California woman has applied to lead a class action lawsuit against the Oak Brook-based maker of Blistex lip ointment, alleging the company smears customers by selling their product in tubes that leave a quarter of the ointment stick inaccessible to users, even though customers believe they are paying for the full amount.

Judge dismisses Unilever's first try to sue Johnson Controls over collapse of Melrose Park factory deal

Robert Lawson Mar. 16, 2017, 1:24pm

A Chicago federal judge dismissed the first attempt at a lawsuit brought by Unilever against Johnson Controls over the collapse of a deal to sell a factory in Melrose Park.

Healthfuse alleges CDH-Delnor Health System owes $2.2M for contract breach

Louie Torres Mar. 16, 2017, 12:17pm

A Wisconsin company is suing CDH-Delnor Health System, citing an alleged breach of contract, worth $2.2 million.

Judge denies injunction, says Chicago Airbnb ordinance likely doesn't impinge homeowners' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 14, 2017, 7:54pm

Saying she doesn’t believe the rules impinge the constitutional rights of homeowners and others wishing to share their homes with guests through Airbnb and similar websites, a federal judge has refused to bar the door to a new Chicago ordinance regulating home-sharing arrangements in the city.

Class action vs Home Depot: Consumers overpay for lumber that doesn't measure up

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 1:28am

An Illinois man has sought to nail one of the largest home improvement retailers in the country with a class action lawsuit, asserting they should be made to pay for selling two-by-fours and other pieces of lumber that don't measure up to their listed dimensions.

Judge signs off on $9.3M deal to end Rustoleum Restore products class action; lawyers get $3M

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 8, 2017, 5:00pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $9.3 million settlement deal – including more than $3 million in attorney fees – ending years of litigation against Rustoleum over damage allegedly caused to decks and patios by the company’s “Restore” product line.

Class action: Walgreens, CVS, Osco overcharging diabetics on Medicare for insulin pumps, supplies

Scott Holland Mar. 7, 2017, 6:18pm

A Geneva resident who says pharmacies are overcharging people with diabetes for medication is pursuing a class action complaint against some of the country’s largest retail drug stores in Chicago federal court, seeking at least $5 million. 

Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action

Dan Churney Mar. 6, 2017, 3:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.” 

Man suing U of Chicago for 'anti-male' assault policies settles with female accuser, keeps suing school

Scott Holland Mar. 3, 2017, 10:42pm

A University of Chicago student suing the school over anti-male bias built into its sexual assault investigation system is continuing his lawsuit against the school, in which he is demanding $1.35 million, even though the school purportedly dropped its disciplinary action against him, and after he settled with a female student who allegedly triggered the disciplinary action by accusing him of sexual assault. 

IL gay conversion therapy ban doesn't apply to pastors, religious counselors, judge says

Chandra Lye Mar. 1, 2017, 6:11pm

A group of Illinois Christian pastors have hailed a Chicago federal judge's decision to dismiss their case challenging an Illinois state law governing so-called gay conversion therapy, saying the judge's ruling establishes legal protections for private religious counselors.

Class action accuses Paypal of mishandling charitable donations made through its Giving Fund

Scott Holland Mar. 1, 2017, 5:25pm

A Highland Park charity and a donor are accusing PayPal of illegally withholding and redirecting donations intended to benefit certain charities in a class action complaint filed Feb. 28 in Chicago federal court.

Amazon hit with class action over alleged wrongful debits for Prime memberships

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 28, 2017, 7:58pm

A Chicago woman who claims Amazon continued to draw payments from her bank account for an Amazon Prime membership she says she didn’t even purchase has filed a class action suit against the online retailer.

Judge won't short-circuit class action accusing Google Photos of breaking IL biometric privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 28, 2017, 4:04pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused Google’s request to delete a class action lawsuit accusing the tech titan of violating an Illinois law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its cloud-based Google Photos service without first collecting written authorization from those whose faces were scanned.

Wolfgang Puck asks court to reduce heat in trademark fight over 'The Kitchen'

Scott Holland Feb. 27, 2017, 8:38pm

A celebrity chef has asked a federal court to turn down the heat brought by a competing restaurant group cooking up a legal storm over whether they can legally stake a trademark claim to “the kitchen.”  Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc. filed a complaint Feb. 24 in Chicago in hopes of preventing The Kitchen Café LLC  from asserting protectable trademark rights over the term “The Kitchen.”

Attorney says $20 million settlement in Chicago red light camera bribery scandal seems low

Jireh Gibson Feb. 24, 2017, 11:41am

A former red light camera vendor for the city of Chicago has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a $2 million bribery scandal. But the amount of the settlement has raised eyebrows, particularly from the former executive at the vendor company who brought the lawsuit against his former employer on behalf of the city.

New whistleblower suit signals arrival of litigation under new federal food safety rules

Laura Halleman Feb. 23, 2017, 5:44pm

Less than a year after federal regulators established new rules under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a whistleblower suit has been filed by an employee of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, potentially signaling more attention for that company and others under the FSMA.

Church wins OK to continue to jury with claims Burbank discriminated by denying permit for sanctuary

Scott Holland Feb. 23, 2017, 5:26pm

A church will be allowed to press its claim that a southwest suburban Cook County government owes it some money for allegedly discriminating against the congregation and torpedoing the church’s deal in place to buy land for a new sanctuary. 

Judge: Comcast 'refusal to deal' on local TV ad sales not 'anticompetitive'; Viamedia to continue suit

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 23, 2017, 5:14pm

Comcast has not violated federal anti-monopoly law by refusing to allow the competitor of one of its subsidiary companies to act as a middleman on the sale of local cable advertising, a federal judge has ruled.