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Bus drivers' federal class action says First Student has shorted them wages, overtime

Dana Herra Oct. 15, 2015, 11:31am

A group of 65 school bus drivers has filed a class action lawsuit against bus company First Student on behalf of potentially thousands of other bus drivers, claiming the company has made a habit of underpaying its drivers. Attorneys Karl W. Roth and William P. Foley of the Roth Law Group, of Chicago, filed the action Tuesday, Oct. 13, in federal court in Chicago.

Judge grounds lawsuit vs Northrop Grumman over 'best efforts' to develop civilian aircraft missile defense system

Dana Herra Oct. 14, 2015, 11:04am

A federal judge has found Northrop Grumman’s “best efforts” were good enough to allow him to ground a lawsuit brought by a former Northrop employee, who claimed the giant aerospace company and defense contractor should be held accountable for allegedly misleading the U.S. government on its achievements in developing a system to defend aircraft against missiles.

After appeals court tosses $3.5 million verdict, auto crash victim sues insurer for $4 million for 'bad faith' suit against him

Dana Herra Oct. 8, 2015, 11:12pm

While a Cook County man awaits a new trial in a lawsuit he filed after being injured in an auto accident - and for which he had been awarded $3.5 million - he has filed a new suit against the insurance company defending the other driver, saying the insurance company sued him without cause and now owes him $4 million.

United management pilots win class action certification to sue the Air Line Pilots Association union over retro pay

Dana Herra Oct. 6, 2015, 11:29pm

A federal judge in Chicago has signed off on class action status for a lawsuit against the Air Line Pilots Association International, or ALPA, by management pilots for United Airlines, who complain they were not fairly compensated in a payout of $225 million in retroactive pay the association distributed on behalf of the airline.

U.S. Soccer can't use national team players' likenesses for ads without players' association OK, judge says

Dana Herra Oct. 2, 2015, 11:47pm

The United States Soccer Federation must seek approval from its players’ union before allowing sponsors to use players’ likenesses in advertisements, after a federal judge upheld the decision of an arbitrator. U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall ruled Sept. 29 in Chicago to grant the United States National Soccer Team Players Association’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit the Chicago-based U.S. Soccer Federation brought against the players association.

Arlington Heights man, New Jersey lawyer bring federal class action vs Wells Fargo over unwanted calls, texts

Dana Herra Sep. 26, 2015, 8:20am

An Arlington Heights man has filed a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, saying that the bank has repeatedly harassed him with unwanted automated phone calls and text messages. Plaintiff Ethan Jones filed suit Sept. 22 in federal court in Chicago, alleging he has received numerous unwanted calls and text messages on his cell phone from Wells Fargo’s automated phone system.

Appellate: Lawyer a day late, but shouldn't be any dollars short in malpractice case

Dana Herra Sep. 22, 2015, 9:25am

A lawyer’s failure to file an appeal on time may have technically torpedoed a family’s lawsuit against another attorney who they blame for destroying their businesses. But an appellate panel has determined the family would have lost the appeal and the case anyway, and so has denied the family’s attempt to sue its attorney for losing the suit.

Where's the restaurant? Lawsuit alleges leaders of Hardee's, Carl's Jr. franchise operation ran real estate scheme

Dana Herra Sep. 18, 2015, 11:04pm

The grandsons of Carl’s Jr. founder Carl Karcher are facing a lawsuit saying they swindled companies in a real estate scheme that involved promising to open restaurants that never materialized. On Sept. 16, investors with the corporate entities known as KMK Group, LLC and Nine Crown, LLC filed suit in federal court in Chicago, suing brothers Jason and Carl LeVecke and two companies in which the brothers are principals, JC123 Holdings LLC and LeVecke & Co. LLC.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of $14 million legal malpractice case vs Katten Muchin by heir of Harold Price

Dana Herra Sep. 17, 2015, 8:19am

An appellate court has upheld a lower court’s ruling against the granddaughter of business luminary Harold C. Price,  rejecting the woman's suit against her attorney and the Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm for legal malpractice based on claims his legal advice caused her to lose $14 million of an $18 million inheritance.

Judge: Enough doubt over whether crossing gates worked to allow trial in death of man killed by Metra train in Des Plaines

Dana Herra Sep. 11, 2015, 9:08am

A federal judge has ruled a widow’s lawsuit against Union Pacific raises enough questions about the death of her husband in a collision with a commuter train that the case should proceed to trial.

Dozens of suing Will County deputies may not collect additional pension benefits, but four still may be owed, appeals panel says

Dana Herra Sep. 8, 2015, 12:17am

The Will County Sheriff’s Office may have been correct in denying dozens of deputies additional pension benefits to which they may have believed they were entitled, but may have erred in misclassifying four of the deputies now suing, a state appellate court has ruled.A three-justice panel for the Illinois Third District Appellate Court found at least four Will County deputies may be entitled to additional pension benefits and remanded their lawsuit against the county, the sheriff’s office and Sh

Worthless auto loan insurance add-on prompts class action vs auto loan finance company

Dana Herra Sep. 3, 2015, 12:19pm

A Chicago woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against the finance company that handled her car loan, claiming she was misled into buying a useless contract addendum. In the complaint filed Aug. 31 in federal court in Chicago, plaintiff Joyce Pettye is suing Fort Worth, Texas-based Santander Consumer USA Inc., claiming the company violated the Truth in Lending Act and the Illinois Motor Vehicle Retail Installment Sales Act.

Shareholder sues to block Merge Healthcare sale to IBM, says deal not best company can get for medical imaging tech

Dana Herra Aug. 31, 2015, 12:17pm

A shareholder in Chicago-based medical imaging company Merge Healthcare has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court in an attempt to stop the company’s pending merger with IBM. Andrei Savu claims Merge’s board of directors acted against shareholders’ best interests when they agreed to the merger.

Chicago South Shore prep school council members sue to remove fellow council member, undo council votes since April

Dana Herra Aug. 29, 2015, 12:33am

Four members of a Chicago prep school’s local school council have filed suit against the other council members and have asked the court to nullify every vote the board has taken since April, claiming they illegally installed a council member to fill a vacancy and have since used that action to ram through a number of spending actions by the slimmest of margins.

Arbitration, no class action for music service subscriber who got text message after downloading app

Dana Herra Aug. 27, 2015, 12:16am

The questions of whether and how much a music streaming service will need to pay for sending a text message to one of its subscribers must be decided in arbitration, a federal judge has ruled. Plaintiff Megan Craddock filed a putative class action lawsuit against Beats Music LLC, claiming the company violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it sent her a text message informing her of special offers on the company’s website.

Purchase of IP rights to headphones doesn't obligate purchaser to pay unpaid wages judgment

Dana Herra Aug. 21, 2015, 10:15pm

A man awarded more than $100,000 in unpaid wages cannot force the creditors of his defunct ex-employer to cover the liability, according to an opinion issued Aug. 12 by a state appellate panel. The appellate ruling upheld the judgment of a Cook County Circuit Court judge.

CPS building engineer OK to head to trial over claims school principal falsely accused her of misdeeds

Dana Herra Aug. 19, 2015, 10:04am

A former Chicago Public Schools building engineer who claims a CPS principal repeatedly targeted her with false accusations of criminal activity and other misdeeds will be allowed to continue with her retaliation lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education.

Fliers' suit vs United over senior discount program crashes over lack of written contract

Dana Herra Aug. 14, 2015, 4:25pm

A fourth attempt by a pair of airline travelers to sue United for reducing their perks under a seniors program fell flat on Aug. 10, when a three-justice panel of the Illinois First District Appellate Court upheld the Cook County Circuit Court’s dismissal of the case.

Northwestern student cleared to press claims university didn't respond quickly, strongly enough to his sex harassment claims

Dana Herra Aug. 11, 2015, 10:44pm

A Northwestern University student on the verge of earning his M.D. will be allowed to move forward with a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the university, after a federal judge said he should be allowed the chance to support his allegations Northwestern had not responded as strenuously to his sexual harassment complaints as it did for female students lodging the same complaints.

Increased risk, but not actual ID theft, not enough to sustain data breach suits vs Advocate, appeals panel says

Dana Herra Aug. 10, 2015, 9:02am

The theft of laptop computers from one of Illinois’ largest health care providers may have increased the possibility millions of people whose information was stored on those computers could suffer identity theft. But the mere possibility this may occur is not enough to allow a group of plaintiffs to continue with a lawsuit against Advocate Medical Group over the computer thefts, a state appellate panel has ruled.