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Judge: Pet adopters can't bring class action vs pet health insurer over 'robocalls'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 21, 2017, 4:42pm

Saying he understands many of his colleagues have ruled differently, a federal judge in Chicago has denied an attempt by a group of pet adopters to turn their legal beef into a class action against a pet health insurance provider, saying the company did not “harm” the new pet owners by calling to urge them to take advantage of a “gift” of 30-day free health insurance for their new pet, which the new owners had been told was included with the adoption of their animal.

Appeals court: EEOC can keep investigating Union Pacific even after specific discrimination case tossed

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 18, 2017, 3:42pm

Federal employment discrimination regulators are not limited to pursuing their own discrimination investigations against employers, even after a case under which the agency launched an investigation is dismissed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Family of modernist designer Nelson says ex-lawyers' missteps cost them rights to 'bubble lamps,' other IP

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 17, 2017, 5:37pm

The son and daughter-in-law of modernist architect and furniture designer George Nelson have sued a collection of lawyers, who they said took advantage of the failing health of Nelson’s widow to transfer the rights to Nelson’s iconic designs, including the Bubble Lamp, to a foundation headed by a Michigan furniture maker, allowing the foundation to claim the proceeds from a settlement with a rival furniture maker accused of making and selling bubble lamps under the Nelson name without permission.

Consumer fraud suit vs McDonald's over 'pop tax' collection falls flat over misread receipt

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 16, 2017, 1:27am

An attempt at suing McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago and suburban Cook County for allegedly charging a few cents too much tax while collecting Cook County’s “pop tax” has fizzled, after a more careful reading of sales receipts revealed the plaintiffs had no case.

Seventh Circuit slices $4.8M atty fee award in half in defective washing machines class action vs Sears

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 15, 2017, 4:35pm

A federal appeals panel has sliced almost in half nearly $5 million in attorney fees awarded by a federal judge to a group of lawyers who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.

Judge: Advocate must recognize union representing nurses working at Walgreens clinics

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 14, 2017, 5:59pm

A Chicago federal judge has ordered Advocate Health to recognize and bargain with a union representing more than 140 advanced practice nurses who staff the former Take Care Health clinics Advocate now operates inside Chicago area Walgreens stores, saying he believes the ex-Take Care Health APNs should be counted separately from the more than 200 APNs Advocate already employed at its other walk-in clinics for the purposes of collective bargaining.

Judge severs disability access class action attempt vs Kohl's, says not near enough settlement

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 11, 2017, 3:44pm

After rejecting an attempt by advocates for those with disabilities to turn their lawsuit over accessibility standards at Kohl’s department stores into a nationwide class action against the retailer, a federal judge has separated the cases, saying he does not hold out much hope the parties will agree to a settlement to resolve their disputes over such things as the width of Kohl’s store aisles and whether stores lived up to the retail chain’s “Shopability Standards.”

Vugo given green light to continue lawsuit vs city over Uber, Lyft ad ban

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 10, 2017, 3:33pm

Minneapolis-based tech firm Vugo, which provides interactive video advertising to be displayed in Uber and Lyft vehicles, has received a green light to continue its legal challenge against a Chicago city ordinance barring such advertising in the vehicles, as a federal judge said she wasn’t sure she was buying the city’s assertions the ad ban was needed to protect “captive” passengers.

Class action adds 7-Eleven to list of retailers being sued for Cook County 'pop tax' collections

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 10, 2017, 12:16pm

Add 7-Eleven to the list of retailers now facing a class action lawsuit over the collection of Cook County’s controversial so-called ‘pop tax.’

McDonald's, local franchisees added to menu of retailers getting sued over 'pop tax' collections

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 9, 2017, 1:13pm

McDonald’s and some of its local franchisees have become the next seller of sweetened beverages to land on the menu of those facing a class action lawsuit over the collection of the Cook County “pop tax.”

Cook County drops demand for retailers to pay $17M for challenging 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 8, 2017, 10:26pm

Cook County has dropped its bid to force a group of area grocers and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association to hand over $17 million for bringing a failed legal challenge to the county’s so-called “pop tax.”

Class action: Walgreens wrongly charged Cook 'pop tax'; retailers had warned such suits were coming

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 8, 2017, 3:15pm

Walgreens has become the first retailer hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly wrongly making customers pay Cook County’s so-called “pop tax” on drink purchases that should have been exempt, just two days after the tax began to be collected and about a week after a judge brushed aside retailers' concerns they could be targeted by such litigation.

Appeals court: Pension fund has right to $11M, potential tax hike from Harvey for underpaying pensions

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 7, 2017, 5:19pm

While leaving it to the elected leaders of the city of Harvey to figure how much tax to levy to get the money they need from property tax payers, a state appeals court panel has ruled the south suburban city’s pension fund is on the brink of default, and, thus, the pension board for the city’s firefighters has a valid claim under state law to force the city to cough up nearly $11 million in unpaid and underpaid pension fund contributions.

Class action: Chicago tramples rights in prosecuting distracted driving tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 4, 2017, 12:06pm

Fast on the heels of a $39 million settlement ending their class action lawsuit against City Hall over tickets issued under its red light camera program, attorneys with the firm of Myron Cherry & Associates have again delivered a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago, now alleging the city also wrongly prosecuted tens of thousands of city citations issued under the city’s distracted driving ordinance.

County demands grocers, Retail Merchants group pay $17M for challenging 'pop tax' in court

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 3, 2017, 4:05pm

Cook County has launched what a judge has called an “unprecedented” and “chilling” attempt to force an industry group and six supermarket companies who challenged the county’s new so-called “pop tax” to pay the county at least $17 million for suing and securing a restraining order which delayed the implantation of the tax by nearly a month.

$22M deal proposed to end injured lawyer's litigation vs bankrupt Yellow Cab over '05 taxi crash

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 3, 2017, 1:40pm

A Chicago federal bankruptcy judge has been asked to sign off on a $22 million settlement, intended to lay to rest claims against a now bankrupt taxi company, brought by a Chicago lawyer who was left with brain damage and other injuries after the taxi in which he was riding crashed into a concrete median in 2005.

IL Sup Ct puts hold on Cook judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 2, 2017, 2:38pm

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

Luxury apartment building owners: Airbnb should have stopped tenants from listing to vacationers

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 1, 2017, 10:42am

The operators of a luxury high-rise apartment building in Chicago’s Theater District have slapped Airbnb with a lawsuit, arguing the online lister of short-term or vacation rentals should be made to pay for disrupting life in the building, as tenants continue to list rentals in that building, even though their leases and building rules prohibit them from renting their apartments through such services.

Judge flushes retailers' concerns over Cook County 'soda tax'; tax cleared to take effect Aug. 2

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 28, 2017, 3:59pm

Residents and shoppers in Cook County could soon pay significantly more for their soda, sweet tea, iced coffee and other bottled and fountain drinks, after a Cook County judge refused to extend an order barring the county from collecting its penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

Judge: Lawyers may need to justify $1.12M fee request for '3 months work' in sex toy case settlement

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 27, 2017, 5:24pm

While saying he was concerned by the prospect of two lawyers attempting to claim “$550,000 for just over three months of work,” a federal magistrate judge has still recommended they receive more than $500,000 each for their work in collecting a $3.75 million class action settlement from the makers of a smartphone-controlled sex toy alleged to have essentially spied on users.