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Ex-Motor Werks salesman's costly sale of rare Land Rover reason for termination, not age discrimination: Judge

A Chicago federal judge has shown the door to counts of discrimination, interference and retaliation brought against sububran auto dealer Motor Werks of Barrington by a former salesman, who claimed the company wrongly fired him amid a flap over the sale of a rare Land Rover vehicle that cost the dealership money.

Lawyers: Spate of privacy suits should spur companies doing business in IL to review insurance coverage

As Illinois courts find their dockets filled with an increasing number of lawsuits brought against companies under a state privacy law for allegedly mishandling their employees' scanned fingerprints, companies should review their current liability insurance coverage and be wary of the law, said an attorney who focuses, in part, on insurance disputes involving employment law.

After appeal, Hyatt awarded $8.3 million in franchise agreement dispute

A Chicago federal appeals panel has ruled hotel chain Hyatt is due $8.3 million in a dispute over a franchise agreement gone bad.

Seventh Circuit: Defendants can use plaintiffs own estimate of class size to take class action to federal court

A recent federal appellate court decision has shed some light on how courts may interpret a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on class action damages, and whether defendants can use plaintiffs own class size estimates to transfer a case from state court to federal jurisdiction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.