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United Airlines wins judgment in discrimination case brought by man accused of taking food from plane

Laura Halleman Sep. 4, 2017, 6:00am

A Chicago federal judge has found United Airlines didn't discriminate against an African-American former employee who sued the company after he was fired for allegedly taking food from an airplane during a layover.

Injunction by federal judge may signal end is near for law forcing pro-life physicians to promote abortion

Kacie Whaley Sep. 2, 2017, 7:00am

A recent federal injunction could signal the end of an Illinois law that critics say forces pregnancy physicians to promote abortion.

Judges: Asbestos plaintiff not harmed by ruling barring testimony from doctor over exposure theories

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2017, 12:17pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused to upend a jury’s verdict against a retired pipefitter, who had claimed Owens-Illinois and ExxonMobil should be held liable for his lung cancer because possible exposure to asbestos on work sites decades ago, and not a 30-year, pack-and-a-half-a-day cigarette smoking habit, had caused the illness.

Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 5:39pm

A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.

Jackson Towers Condominium Association Inc. accused of failing to pay monthly contribution

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

Two labor groups are suing Jackson Towers Condominium Association Inc. for alleged breach of contract.

Clarins U.S.A. Inc. accused of misleading consumers over skin cream benefits

Louie Torres Aug. 29, 2017, 4:00am

A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Clarins U.S.A. Inc. for allegedly misleadingly marketing a skin cream.

Redbox Automated Retail LLC, Outerwall Inc. accused of age discrimination

Louie Torres Aug. 29, 2017, 3:00am

A former employee is suing Redbox Automated Retail LLC and Coinstar LLC, which is now known as Outerwall Inc., for alleged age discrimination and wrongful termination.

Judge: Lawyers' objections to rival attorneys' $24M fee request merely cash grab, not worth $59K fees

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 28, 2017, 5:50pm

While a Texas lawyer and his client say their efforts helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday under a $56 million class action settlement deal, a federal judge has rejected their attempts to grab a $59,000 share of that settlement, saying their efforts were redundant and produced nothing but an opportunity for them to grab some quick cash.

Lawsuit: Sears website inaccessible to the blind, violates ADA

Louie Torres Aug. 27, 2017, 5:00am

A woman is suing Sears for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, for operating a website that is allegedly inaccessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Monroe Clinic Inc., doctor accused of failing to remove malignant tumor

Louie Torres Aug. 27, 2017, 2:00am

A married couple is suing the Monroe Clinic Inc. and doctor Joseph Ehle, asking the court to award at least $2 million for alleged failure to remove a cancerous growth.

Lambent Risk Management Services Inc. allegedly failed to pay overtime wages

Louie Torres Aug. 27, 2017, 1:00am

An employee is suing Lambent Risk Management Services Inc., citing alleged unpaid wages and violations of minimum wage laws.

Federal judge grates Parmesan cheese class actions, pans deceptive marketing claims

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 2:35pm

A federal judge in Chicago has shredded, for now, a block of class action lawsuits that piled up last year against Kraft, Walmart, Target, the parent company of Jewel Food Stores and others over the contents of their grated Parmesan cheese, saying he did not believe the plaintiffs could prevail in asserting the containers of “100 percent” cheese were deceptively marketed.

Willowbrook woman assaulted, stabbed by home invader sues Kwikset, Home Depot over failed lock

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 12:01pm

A woman attacked in her Willowbrook home in 2015 is trying to hold responsible the companies that made and sold the lock on the door the assailant broke through to gain entry.

Judge: Not enough proof tying suburban Palestinian groups to Hamas to enforce $156M judgment

Dan Churney Aug. 25, 2017, 10:00am

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against suburban Palestinian aid groups, which alleged the groups were disguised versions of defunct Hamas support organizations that owed a $156 million judgment to a couple whose son was killed by Hamas in a terrorist attack in Israel, saying there was not enough evidence to show the new groups were alter egos of the old ones.

Class action: Logitech sold defective video monitoring security systems, deceived customers

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 7:00am

Logitech faces a class action complaint from an Illinois resident who says the company’s old home video security system was defective and that it took several steps to keep customers from making warranty claims.

Appeals panel: Volvo's full refund offer doesn't negate class action over hybrid SUV's mileage marketing

Scott Holland Aug. 24, 2017, 6:50pm

A Chicago federal appellate court breathed new life into a lawsuit against Volvo, saying an offer by the automaker to pay one customer a full refund doesn’t garage the class action complaint.

Judge: IL law doesn't force Zillow to get appraisers' license to publish online home value 'zestimates'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 24, 2017, 11:16am

Saying the plaintiffs are asking the court to misread and misapply an Illinois state law, a Chicago federal law has crashed a class action lawsuit against Zillow, which had accused the operators of the real estate website of essentially appraising property without a license, and then using their online home value estimate tool as a marketing ploy to drive business by hampering home sellers’ efforts to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.

Federal judge says ERISA claim doesn't eclipse ex-VP's state wage law claims vs BMO Harris

David Hutton Aug. 23, 2017, 2:01pm

A federal judge has kicked a wage dispute class action between a retired bank executive and BMO Harris Bank back to Cook County court, saying the executive's claim he had been shorted retirement benefits as owed under federal law did not legally eclipse his state law claims that the bank had misclassified him as an independent contractor while he worked for BMO post-retirement.

Appeals court shears class action vs Regency beauty school, says students not employees under FLSA

Dan Churney Aug. 23, 2017, 5:00am

A Chicago federal appellate court has scalped a class-action lawsuit filed by a onetime student of a nationwide beauty school, which alleged student cosmetologists should be paid for on-the-job training, as the hands-on work experience serves as compensation and is required for licensing.

Rush orders up $18M+ fraud lawsuit vs vendor that installed allegedly defective patient monitoring system

Scott Holland Aug. 21, 2017, 5:25pm

Rush University Medical System said it spent four years installing an $18 million patient monitoring system that doesn’t work and is taking the issue to federal court, accusing the system’s developer of fraud and demanding they pay tens of millions of dollars for the trouble.