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Wave of biometric privacy class actions builds; employers urged to review procedures, insurance coverage

Angela Underwood Nov. 14, 2017, 10:35pm

As the number of class action lawsuits filed under a state privacy law continue to mount against employers, Illinois companies should take notice of the wave of actions involving biometric data collection that has swept the state this year. And then, they should take action to reduce their risk of becoming the next target, said David Cummings, an attorney at Reed Smith LLP, in Chicago

State appeals court: Insurer doesn't need to cover lawn service whose worker sprayed lawns with herbicide

Angela Underwood Nov. 6, 2017, 11:27pm

A state appeals panel has affirmed a lower court's decision to allow an insurance company to deny coverage to a flower and lawn care business whose employee accidentally destroyed several clients' lawns by spraying them with an herbicide instead of a fertilizer.

CME employee not entitled to shift differential payments not mentioned in hiring documents, judge says

Angela Underwood Oct. 31, 2017, 5:34pm

A federal judge has pulled the plug on a lawsuit accusing the Chicago Mercantile Exchange of skimping on some workers' pay by denying them the shift differential payments at least one plaintiff alleged they were owed.

Judgment in traffic crash case could cost Liberty Mutual $4.5M, despite $25K limit

Angela Underwood Oct. 20, 2017, 5:35pm

A judge's ruling in a traffic crash personal injury case could cost insurer Liberty Mutual $4.5 million, even though the policy at the heart of the case supposedly was capped at $25,000.

Class action denied in 'misleading' debt collection case vs Midland Credit Management

Angela Underwood Aug. 2, 2017, 1:36am

A Chicago federal judge has turned aside, for now, an attempt to turn a dispute over a debt collection into a class action, saying the evidence supplied by plaintiffs in the case - a collection letter which allegedly violated federal law - is not enough to justify the request to expand the lawsuit to include others who may have received similar letters.

Fraternal society sued by former member over alleged defamation, wrongful expulsion

Angela Underwood Apr. 20, 2017, 4:51pm

A band of fraternal brothers has been targeted by a former member’s lawsuit accusing members of the fraternal organization of wrongly banning him, smearing his reputation and costing him high legal fees.