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.
Family of modernist designer Nelson says ex-lawyers' missteps cost them rights to 'bubble lamps,' other IP
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: Lawyers may need to justify $1.12M fee request for '3 months work' in sex toy case settlement
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.