IL Supreme Court removes asbestos case from judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions
The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Cook County judge from an asbestos personal injury case, granting a request from lawyers who had asked the court to step in and block a "rogue" judge from continuing his sanctions proceedings amid a bench investigation of a situation the judge said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for a company named as a defendant in the case.
Class actions: Abra Auto Body, Crunch Fitness didn't properly collect employee, customer fingerprints
Two more business groups – a chain of auto body repair shops and a group of fitness clubs – have been added to the growing list of shops being sued under an Illinois law governing how businesses are supposed to handle the collection and use of employees’ and customers’ fingerprints and other so-called biometric information.
Judge cuts out Black & Decker's $54M win vs Positec, orders new trial after key evidence came up short
Black & Decker will need to try again in court to secure a judgment worth tens of millions of dollars it thought it was getting from China-based power tool maker Positec, who Black & Decker had accused of using a black-and-yellow color scheme to improperly mimic the B&D-owned DeWalt brand’s packaging to confuse consumers into buying its Rockwell tools.
An Illinois state representative and Democratic candidate for governor has failed in his renewed attempt to sue an Illinois conservative radio talk show host and political activist and his political organization for statements made in 2014 political advertisements, as a Cook County judge has again tossed the defamation lawsuit brought by State Rep. Scott Drury against Dan Proft and Liberty Principles PAC.
After decades of relative stability, Chicago's U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals could soon undergo an extensive makeover, making the court potentially the next battleground in the fight for the future of the nation’s judiciary, as President Trump and the Senate seek to fill four vacancies on the court, including a new one left following the sudden departure of influential Judge Richard Posner.
Subway, O'Hare concessionaire targeted by class actions for improperly collecting Chicago soft drink tax
While class actions continue to stack up against retailers accused of improperly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” one of the law firms bringing those suits has also popped two new class action suits under Chicago’s “soft drink tax,” as well, targeting Subway and a company that operates concessions at O'Hare.
Hospital vicarious liability; wrongful death claims past repose; Lakefront Trail liability on IL Sup Ct Sept call
In September, the Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in 16 cases, including to resolve questions of whether hospitals can be held liable for malpractice at other clinics; whether plaintiffs can add wrongful death claims to medical negligence lawsuits outside the statute of repose; and whether the Chicago Park District can be sued by a bicyclist who fell over a crack in the Lakefront Trail.
Judges: Asbestos plaintiff not harmed by ruling barring testimony from doctor over exposure theories
A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused to upend a jury’s verdict against a retired pipefitter, who had claimed Owens-Illinois and ExxonMobil should be held liable for his lung cancer because possible exposure to asbestos on work sites decades ago, and not a 30-year, pack-and-a-half-a-day cigarette smoking habit, had caused the illness.
When eating a bag of gummy candy, every calorie – or every 10 calories – should count, according to a class action lawsuit brought by a man who claims the Wrigley company should pay for stating on the front of the bag in which it sells its Starburst-brand Sour Gummy candies that the candy contains 10 fewer calories per serving than it states in the nutrition content panel on the bag’s backside.
Subway footlong class action plaintiffs to take another stab, after appeals court sliced 'worthless' deal
Less than five days after a federal appeals court threw out a settlement deal intended to cut short the litigation, a group of lawyers representing people suing Subway over the length of their footlong sub sandwiches have indicated they will now refresh their class actions against the ubiquitous fast food chain.
PepsiCo has become the latest soft drinks vendor to be accused of not properly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” after a Chicago law firm which has already sued 7-Eleven, Subway and Jewel-Osco, also filed suit against PepsiCo, saying the food and beverage giant should be made to pay for allegedly forcing customers to pay the county tax on bottled water purchased at Pepsi-branded vending machines.
Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks
A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.
Judge: Lawyers' objections to rival attorneys' $24M fee request merely cash grab, not worth $59K fees
While a Texas lawyer and his client say their efforts helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday under a $56 million class action settlement deal, a federal judge has rejected their attempts to grab a $59,000 share of that settlement, saying their efforts were redundant and produced nothing but an opportunity for them to grab some quick cash.
Judge: IL law doesn't force Zillow to get appraisers' license to publish online home value 'zestimates'
Saying the plaintiffs are asking the court to misread and misapply an Illinois state law, a Chicago federal law has crashed a class action lawsuit against Zillow, which had accused the operators of the real estate website of essentially appraising property without a license, and then using their online home value estimate tool as a marketing ploy to drive business by hampering home sellers’ efforts to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.
Edelson class actions target Senior Lifestyle Corp, Symphony Healthcare, Aryzta over worker fingerprints
Edelson P.C., a Chicago law firm known for launching class actions over digital privacy issues, has set its sights on three more employers – the operator of 51 Illinois senior living and care facilities; the operator of two dozen Illinois nursing and rehabilitation centers; and the bakery behind the Otis Spunkmeyer and La Brea Bread brands – accusing each of breaking an Illinois biometrics privacy law.