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California courts to decide if Honda should pay for cars with wires rodents find tasty, judge says

David Hutton Nov. 15, 2017, 5:30pm

A group of Honda car owners suing the automaker for building cars containing wires coated with a soy-based compound rodents find tasty, will need to press their class action claims in California, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.

Subway franchisor: Class action litigants concocted scheme to file suit over collection of Cook Co. pop tax

David Hutton Oct. 25, 2017, 5:47pm

A Subway franchisor has asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act in connection with a sweetened beverage tax.

Who left the pallet jack in the aisle? Judge says enough evidence exists to let suit continue vs Home Depot

David Hutton Oct. 24, 2017, 11:26pm

A federal judge has rejected Home Depot's attempt to dismiss a personal injury and liability complaint against the retailer and a vendor brought by a woman who claimed she was hurt when she fell over a pallet jack in the home improvement chain's Joliet store.

Appeals panel: Attorney's 'fraud' means business owners can't sue ex-lawyers for malpractice

David Hutton Oct. 13, 2017, 5:12pm

For a second time, the Illinois First District Appellate Court has heard an appeal in an ongoing legal malpractice lawsuit. And this time, justices agreed the plaintiffs' lawyer's alleged mishandling of the case should cost them the chance to proceed against the lawyers they blamed for costing them the chance to sue their ex-lawyers for allegedly exposing them to penalties under state regulatory actions.

Suburban appeals panel tosses doctors' antitrust suit over scuttled NorthShore, Advocate merger

David Hutton Oct. 10, 2017, 6:14pm

A state appeals panel has upheld a Lake County judge's ruling dismissing a group of doctors' antitrust complaint over the scuttled merger between the NorthShore University and Advocate health systems.

Seventh Circuit affirms Emerald casino executives liable for $272 million

David Hutton Sep. 16, 2017, 7:00am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has sided with an Illinois federal court, noting that a federal judge was correct in ruling that six Illinois casino executives are responsible for paying $272 million after they allegedly caused their company to lose its gambling license and fall into bankruptcy.

Federal judge denies alarm companies attempt to block Schaumburg's alarm monitoring rules

David Hutton Sep. 13, 2017, 8:05pm

A federal judge has, for now, denied a request from business alarm company Alarm Detection Systems Inc. (ADS) and several other security firms for a temporary injunction in a case acusing the village of Schaumburg, Tyco Integrated Security LLC and Northwest Central Dispatch System of essentially conspiring to create an alarm monitoring monopoly in the northwest suburban village.

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.

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.

Junk fax ad suit allowed to proceed vs Onsite Health, after judge said fax wasn't 'merely informational'

David Hutton May 30, 2017, 9:50pm

A federal judge has kept alive a home health company's junk fax lawsuit against a medical practice, saying a fax sent by the practice announcing the arrival of a new physician was, in fact, an advertisement, and not merely an "informational" message.

Rival vacuum makers square off in court again over false advertising claims

David Hutton May 26, 2017, 1:53pm

New England vacuum cleaner company SharkNinja has scored a win in its case against Dyson Inc. over advertising claims, after a Chicago federal judge partially granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment.

Cook County voters will select new mayors, school boards, other local elected officials on April 4

David Hutton Mar. 10, 2017, 12:19am

Despite being an “off-election year,” Cook County voters will decide a number of key local races on the ballot in the April 4 consolidated general election, which could have big implications for their hometowns, local schools and their tax bills.

Privacy lawsuit tossed vs makers of 'NBA2K16' video game; case unlikely to have large impact

David Hutton Feb. 13, 2017, 8:33pm

A New York federal judge has tossed out a potential digital biometrics privacy class action lawsuit against the makers of NBA video games, saying the video basketball game players likely should have known their facial likenesses would be stored by a system that took 15 minutes to complete a scan of a player's face and store the image for use as an avatar in the game.But the true impact of the case on other lawsuits brought under an Illinois biometrics privacy law is likely to be small, said an attorney whose practice focuses on digital privacy laws.