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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.

$22M deal proposed to end injured lawyer's litigation vs bankrupt Yellow Cab over '05 taxi crash

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 3, 2017, 1:40pm

A Chicago federal bankruptcy judge has been asked to sign off on a $22 million settlement, intended to lay to rest claims against a now bankrupt taxi company, brought by a Chicago lawyer who was left with brain damage and other injuries after the taxi in which he was riding crashed into a concrete median in 2005.

FINRA can't be sued by fired brokers who claimed they didn't get fair shake at arbitration

Todd Barnett Aug. 1, 2017, 5:30am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA), saying the regulatory agency can't be sued by fired brokers who claimed they didn't get a fair shake in arbitration against their former employers.

Busboy's overtime pay suit against Pita Inn dismissed

Kacie Whaley Jul. 28, 2017, 4:30am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a busboy's lawsuit claiming a local Mediterranean restaurant didn't pay him proper overtime wages.

A non-starter in federal court, case vs Roti over credit card digits on receipts still headed to Cook court

Scott Holland Jul. 28, 2017, 12:35am

A federal judge has again sent back to Cook County Circuit Court a class action dispute about how many credit card digits appear on restaurant receipts, saying, while federal courts have been clear the case is a non-starter, Illinois state courts have yet to answer.

Federal judge OKs lawsuit to continue alleging debt collector Harris & Harris shorted workers pay

David Hutton Jul. 27, 2017, 11:50pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a class action lawsuit brought against a debt collection firm by a former employee who accused the company of shorting her and other workers their pay.

Judge: Lawyers may need to justify $1.12M fee request for '3 months work' in sex toy case settlement

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 27, 2017, 5:24pm

While saying he was concerned by the prospect of two lawyers attempting to claim “$550,000 for just over three months of work,” a federal magistrate judge has still recommended they receive more than $500,000 each for their work in collecting a $3.75 million class action settlement from the makers of a smartphone-controlled sex toy alleged to have essentially spied on users.

Client Services Inc. accused of misrepresentation in debt collection

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

An Illinois man is suing Client Services Inc., a debt collector, citing alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Judge: Brunswick can't press suit vs McNabola for using jury note to turn trial loss to big settlement

Scott Holland Jul. 27, 2017, 12:14am

A beleaguered Chicago lawyer scored a win in his attempt to fend off claims he should pay for wrongly using a jury note to wrest a $25 million personal injury settlement on the cusp of losing at trial, as a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the boatmaker he had sued, saying the boatmaker couldn’t demonstrate its rights had been violated.