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Class action OK'd vs volleyball program run by coach Rick Butler, accused of sex abuse of teen girls

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 22, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has given the green light to a potential multimillion-dollar class action against an Aurora volleyball coach and his club volleyball program, which alleges the club failed to protect its athletes from the coach, who has been accused of raping and sexually abusing underaged players.

Judge OKs Bandas' request barring Illinois law practice, orders end to Edelson's suit over class action objections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 18, 2019

Two days after a Texas lawyer offered “unconditional surrender” in a long-running court fight over accusations he and his associates acted as “professional” class action objectors to secure six-figure payoffs, a federal judge has accepted the lawyer’s offer, ordering the case closed.

Amicus briefs touting, opposing Obama Center Jackson Park plan stoke court fight

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 16, 2019

With the fate of the legal challenge to the Obama Presidential Center's Jackson Park proposal at stake, scholars and others have field briefs, either lauding the benefits of the museum plan, or arguing the project demands more scrutiny, particularly given the cozy relationship between Obama and Chicago city officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Bandas offers 'unconditional surrender' in fight with Edelson over 'professional' class action objections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 15, 2019

In the wake of a judge’s order allowing a prominent Chicago class action law firm to dig deeper into the practices Texas-based Bandas Law Firm P.C., which stands accused of acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, Bandas has offered what it calls “unconditional surrender” in the years-long multi-jurisdictional court fight.

Challenge to Chicago Airbnb rules gets new life - if plaintiffs can prove they're allowed to sue

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 14, 2019

A group of people challenging the city of Chicago’s Airbnb ordinance may get another chance to press their legal action asserting he two-year-old city rules largely barring them from renting their homes, condos and apartments to visitors through the online sharing site are unconstitutional.

Insurer asks to be excused from funding legal defense for grocer Caputo's Fresh Markets vs BIPA suit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 11, 2019

A suburban grocer, among the latest employers among a growing wave targeted with a class action lawsuit under an Illinois privacy law, may be forced to fund a greater share of its own defense after an insurer asked a judge to declare it has no obligation to help defend the case.

Power generators ask SCOTUS to overturn Illinois 'Zero Emissions Credit' subsidies for Exelon nuke power plants

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 10, 2019

A group of electrical power generators have asked the U.S. Supreme Court step in and unplug “zero emissions credit” subsidy programs in Illinois and elsewhere, arguing the state programs intrude on federal regulatory turf and unconstitutionally rig wholesale electricity generation and supply markets to prop up nuclear power plants that should otherwise be retired.

Unions ask judge to give new shot to sue over dues paid by Lincolnshire to 'private' IML for lobbying

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 9, 2019

Two unions have asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision tossing their attempt to force the village of Lincolnshire to stop paying dues to the Illinois Municipal League because the association of Illinois cities and villages lobbies in favor of policies union members may oppose.

Megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel says will withdraw defamation suit vs ex-members, writer

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

Suburban megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel has indicated it will withdraw its defamation lawsuit accusing former church workers and others of publishing false information about the church and its finances and administration.

Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Edelson wins order to dig deeper into Bandas firm, to broaden lawsuit over 'professional' class action objectors

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 4, 2019

Edelson P.C., one of Chicago’s most prominent class action law firms has won the chance to dig deeper into the practices of a group of lawyers it has accused of extorting payments from the Bandas Law Firm and other lawyers by acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, as the firm seeks to unearth further evidence it believes will lead to an injunction to effectively shut down its rival.

Ald. Burke indicted over alleged attempted shake down; Property tax appeal law firm at heart of charges

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 3, 2019

Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke was indicted Thursday on a charge of attempting to shake down the owner of a Chicago fast food restaurant seeking to renovate their establishment. And at the center of the charge stands Burke's law firm, which has built a huge business specializing in appealing property tax assessments.

People suing Google over facial geometry scans of photos must prove real harm, not just 'feel aggrieved': Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 2, 2019

Saying the plaintiffs bringing the action must show how they were actually harmed, a Chicago federal judge has closed the window on a class action lawsuit accusing Google of violating an Illinois privacy law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its Google Photos service.

Jury to decide if FDA would have blocked Merck from revising Januvia label over cancer risk: Appeals panel

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 27, 2018

A pharmaceutical company facing lawsuits over whether its diabetes drug may have caused pancreatic cancer will need to let a jury decide whether federal regulators would have prevented the drugmaker from revising the medication’s warning label to specifically mention a risk of developing that cancer.

Widow asks SCOTUS to toss GSK's win in lawsuit over Paxil labeling, lawyer's suicide

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 21, 2018

Asserting a Chicago federal appeals panel wrongly invalidated a jury’s verdict, attorneys for the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic version of the antidepressant drug Paxil, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the appellate ruling and order more proceedings on whether pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline should be made to pay for allegedly not revising their drug’s warning label to reflect an increased risk of suicide.

Judge: Lawsuit vs Uber over wheelchair access can continue; Uber 'public accommodation' under ADA

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 18, 2018

A federal judge will allow plaintiffs with disabilities who use motorized wheelchairs to continue their ADA access lawsuit against Uber, saying he believed Uber coud be treated as a public accommodation under the Amercians with Disabilities Act.

Sterigenics: Illinois A/G's lawsuit asks court to 'rewrite' federal rules, based on 'indisputably flawed report'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 14, 2018

Saying the legal action asks a state court to substitute its own judgment for federal law and environmental rules, Sterigenics, the owner of a facility in suburban Willowbrook targeted by trial lawyers, politicians and a group of area residents for its use of ethylene oxide, has asked a federal judge to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought against them by state prosecutors.

Chicago drops ban on advertising in Uber, Lyft cars; Video ad app maker drops constitutional legal challenge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 12, 2018

A decision by Chicago City Hall to amend a city ordinance to now allow interactive video advertising in vehicles operated by drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft has brought to a conclusion one company’s legal quest to win a court order declaring such a ban unconstitutional.

State lawsuit over Sterigenics emissions cites state permit as evidence of 'hazard'; Undercuts permit process?

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 11, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General's Office and DuPage County State's Attorney have partnered to sue Sterigenics over its alleged emissions of ethylene oxide. However, the state lawsuit has come despite no contention from anyone that Sterigenics violated the terms of its permit, issued by the state. Some worry about the message such a 'bizarre' course of action by the state may send to its businesses, many of whom have similar permits of their own.

Appeals panel: Despite Janus decision, still no class actions vs unions over illegally collected fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 7, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has again rejected an attempt by a group of home caregivers to bring a class action lawsuit against the labor union they say used an Illinois state law to unconstitutionally grab $32 million in fees from their pay, as the judges said the decision holds up even when reevaluated in light of a recent Supreme Court decision further restricting unions’ abilities to force non-union public workers to pay such fees.

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