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SCOTUS weighs competing briefs in widow's appeal in case vs GSK over suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 17, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling the question of whether drug companies can be sued for not making their warning labels strong enough, even though the FDA controls the labels. But whether a forthcoming Supreme Court decision will affect a decision denying a $3 million judgment to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic equivalent of Paxil remains unclear.

Worker time clock maker Kronos: 'Mega' class action attempt 'epitome of gamesmanship, disregard for fair process'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 16, 2019

A company that provides the high-tech employee timekeeping devices used by many companies targeted in class action lawsuits under an Illinois privacy law has asked a Chicago federal judge to end a sprawling class action filed against it under the same law.

Chicago City Hall sues Smollett for alleged attack hoax, says he likely owes $300K+

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 11, 2019

Chicago City Hall has made good on its threat to sue actor Jussie Smollett, asserting he owes the city perhaps more than $300,000 for allegedly falsely telling police he was attacked earlier this winter in the city by white supporters of President Donald Trump, allegedly because he is black and gay.

Appeals panel: Illinois shops can't arbitrate away workers' class actions over fingerprint timeclock scans

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 11, 2019

Illinois employers, facing an onslaught of class action lawsuits accusing them of violating a state biometrics privacy law by making their workers scan their fingerprints when beginning and ending work shifts, can’t sidestep those legal actions by claiming their employees agreed to handle their work-related disputes under arbitration.

IL Supreme Court 'ducks,' leaves unanswered whether state constitution's balanced budget rules 'mean anything'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 5, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court’s recent refusal to hear a challenge to a state abortion funding law has raised questions over the court’s willingness to force the state legislature ever to abide by the balanced budget requirements spelled out in the state constitution and Illinois law.

Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

Legislation in Springfield could bring relief to employers and others facing potentially ruinous lawsuits over nothing more than requiring employees to scan fingerprints when punching in and out work shifts.

SCOTUS again asked to order SEIU to repay $32M in home caregivers' union fees already ruled unconstitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

Arguments have begun to be filed in the latest try to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to order an Illinois labor union to refund potentially tens of millions in fees the court has already declared were unconstitutionally collected.

Biometric privacy class actions piling in; Newest actions target Roosevelt University, CSX, Hearthside, others

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 2, 2019

Class action lawsuits targeting employers and other businesses for allegedly violating an Illinois biometric privacy law continue to roll into Cook County’s courts, as trial lawyers continue to pile up the complaints in the wake of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision giving the green light to such actions. Businesses hit with the suits include Roosevelt University; CSX; Hearthside Food Solutions; and Professional Freezing Solutions.

Judge: Lawsuit to continue vs D211 over gender 'affirmation policy;' alleges violates students' Title IX, religious rights

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 29, 2019

A group of parents and high school students in Chicago’s northwest suburbs have won the chance to continue with their lawsuit against one of the state’s largest public high school districts, asserting the district violated students’ rights by imposing a policy to allow transgender students to use the locker room and restrooms of their choice, and allegedly shaming anyone who disagreed.

Two-year-old law change intended to benefit non-violent poor offenders used by Smollett to seal case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 28, 2019

A little heralded change to Illinois law two years ago – one intended by supporters to benefit poor people charged with petty offenses - has allowed actor Jussie Smollett and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to keep the details of the case leading to his dismissal under wraps, so far.

What's ahead for Smollett? Next steps could include civil lawsuits, questions over Foxx recusal

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 27, 2019

In the wake of the dismissal of charges vs actor Jussie Smollett, the city could have various cards left to play to recover the costs of the investigation or even reopen the case.

Lawsuit: Cook judge's ex-law partner conspired with daughter, others to quietly sustain stake in 17-year-old case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 26, 2019

Peter Carey, former law partner of Cook County Circuit Judge Patrick Sherlock, is being sued, accused of conspiring with his daughter and others to convert two years of legal work into a multi-million-dollar payday on the other side of a court fight among former real estate business partners that has stretched over nearly two decades.

Judge orders contempt arrest of two suspected of aiding Madigan's alleged 2016 sham candidates effort

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 25, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has ordered the arrest of two men who are suspected of helping the political organization of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, after the men have allegedly repeatedly ignored requests from the court to testify under oath in a lawsuit accusing Madigan and his organization of dirty election tricks.

Judge: Enough proof big hotel brands manipulated online search results to let antitrust class action continue

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 22, 2019

A federal judge has turned down a bid by the world’s largest hotel brands, inlcuding Hilton, Hyatt and Wyndham, to shut the door on an antitrust class action accusing them of conspiring to boost room rates by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

Judge: Union doesn't get to force IL public worker retirement funds to factor politics into investment decisions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 21, 2019

A federal judge has rejected the attempt by a union to win a court order requiring a pension fund for Illinois local governmental workers to take the political views of companies into consideration when investing public pension funds, as the judge said the Illinois Municipal Retirement Funds’ current practices don’t violate the First Amendment rights of union members.

Chicago sues electric truck maker Motiv, says $1.3M electric garbage truck has been a lemon

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 20, 2019

Less than five years since trumpeting its purchase of “North America’s first all-electric” garbage truck, the city of Chicago has taken that truck’s manufacturer to court, alleging the truck has been a lemon.

IL Supreme Court denies abortion funding law challenge; Dissent: 'Political question' claims deserve hearing

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 20, 2019

A group of abortion foes have lost their bid to undo an Illinois law making all Illinois taxpayers foot the bill for what they say will be tens of thousands of abortions per year, as the Illinois Supreme Court refused to take up the case. Three justices, though, said the majority was wrong to let the state sidestep the challenge so easily.

Judge: Labor unions don't owe non-union state workers refunds, despite unconstitutional fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 19, 2019

Labor unions representing public employees shouldn’t need to refund fees they unconstitutionally collected from non-union employees, because they were acting in “good faith,” relying on state laws and prior legal precedent, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge OKs $35M Pella windows class action deal; $7.6M to plaintiffs' lawyers, $967K to objector Frank

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 18, 2019

Homeowners whose Pella windows may have leaked will soon be in line for refunds for their repair costs, while attorneys for plaintiffs and objectors will receive millions more in fees, under a deal approved by a Chicago federal judge to close at last a long, tortured class action lawsuit.

Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 15, 2019

The owner of a Pennsylvania debt collection company, which for years has chased down those who owe money to Cook County, has been indicted on federal charges of allegedly bribing court clerks, including Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, to land such contracts.

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