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IL A/G accuses Check into Cash of requiring low-wage non-competes, breaking new law

Elizabeth Alt Nov. 21, 2017, 8:15am

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued payday loan lender Check into Cash of Illinois LLC for allegedly violating the Illinois Freedom to Work Act by requiring employees to sign non-compete agreements, marking the first time that new law has been enforced directly by her office.

Attorney says 'no chance' that $140 million punitive damages judgment against AbbVie will stand

Elizabeth Alt Nov. 9, 2017, 12:47pm

North Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie has asked a federal judge to toss out a $140 million verdict against it for allegedly mismarketing its testosterone replacement therapy drug, Androgel. And in the view of a Chicago attorney whose practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate cases, as well as class actions, there is "no chance" that judgment will be allowed to stand.

Divided appeals court says Lake County wrong to deny permit for homeless shelter in public building

Elizabeth Alt Nov. 2, 2017, 4:58pm

A charity seeking to operate a new residence facility in Lake County for the chronically homeless have secured a win in their tussle with county officials over the project, after a divided state appellate panel sided with a trial court's decision to reverse a county board's decision to deny the Lake County PADS group's application to open a new site for its Safe Haven program in a vacant government building.

Seventh Circuit strikes down IL 'full slate' 3rd party election rule, says state blocked election participation

Elizabeth Alt Nov. 1, 2017, 10:16pm

Upcoming Illinois elections could see more third-party candidates than in past rounds of balloting after Illinois' full slate ballot requirement law, which placed additional burdens on third party candidates seeking to run for office, was struck down by a federal appeals court.

Ninth Circuit decision in Robins v. Spokeo case could have far reaching implications

Elizabeth Alt Oct. 19, 2017, 7:07pm

A California federal appeals court's ruling that Thomas Robins and other consumers have actually alleged sufficient injury to pursue their claims in federal court against online personal information listing service Spokeo - the first such ruling in the case since a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision - could have far reaching implications.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

Elizabeth Alt Oct. 12, 2017, 6:45pm

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

Serta Simmons sues competitor Bob’s Discount Furniture over alleged misleading mattress ad

Elizabeth Alt Oct. 5, 2017, 3:50pm

Mattress company Serta Simmons Bedding LLC has asked a judge to put to sleep an ad campaign from furniture retailer, Bob’s Discount Furniture, in which Simmons alleges Bob's used a comparison of one of its mattresses to one of Simmons’ patented mattresses to mislead consumers to believe Bob’s offers the same mattress for a much lower price.

Court says ex-Oakton C.C. cop can't press defamation claim vs school over 'problem employee' flyer

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 7, 2017, 2:37pm

A federal judge has granted a partial win to Oakton Community College, saying a former Oakton campus police officer can't press her case the college defamed her when it included her photograph on a flyer for a seminar about "problem employees" that began circulating after her termination.

Judge clears diabetic ex-United flight attendant for new try at disability class action

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 3, 2017, 6:00am

A former United Airlines flight attendant will get another chance to press her class action lawsuit against her former employer, alleging the airline terminated her and other employees for missing work due to diabetes, claiming the condition is a disability and not merely a common illness.