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'Opportunistic' pop tax class action vs Subway kicked back to Cook County court by federal judge

A federal judge has poured back to Cook County court a class action lawsuit accusing Subway restaurants of making customers pay a few cents too much by collecting the soon-to-expire controversial Cook County “pop tax” on unsweetened iced tea at some of its Chicago restaurants.

Judge grants enthusiastic initial OK to $295M deal to end price fixing class action vs Stericycle

Saying the proposed settlement reflects “professionalism of the highest order, when measured by the appropriate yardstick,” a federal judge in Chicago has granted an initial nod to a $295 million settlement deal intended to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices, costing hundreds of millions of dollars to its smaller customers.

Hooters among latest employers sued over handling of employee fingerprints under IL privacy law

The Hooters restaurant chain has landed in court, among the latest employers in Chicago and elsewhere sued under an Illinois privacy law for allegedly improperly collecting and storing its employees fingerprints, even though employees use their fingerprints to clock in and out of work shifts and accurately track their hours on the job.

Judge: Testosterone replacement drug bellwether OK to proceed vs Testim maker Auxilium

After two federal juries delivered $140 million verdicts against AbbVie, competing drugmaker Auxilium will be headed to trial over claims its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim caused heart attacks in men who took the drug to treat “off-label” conditions, spurred by what plaintiffs alleged was misleading marketing from drugmakers.

Chicago Public Building Commission settles RICO suit vs driller over treatment of subs for $1.35M

The Chicago Public Building Commission, a city agency in charge of constructing and renovating Chicago’s city-owned buildings, has agreed to pay out about $1.35 million, including more than $300,000 to a Michigan-based water well driller, to settle a federal racketeering action brought by the driller who accused the CPBC and two contractors of withholding information about underground asbestos-wrapped pipes on the site a new Chicago police station and then effectively putting the driller out of business by withholding payment.

Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients

About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.

Settlement announced in price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers could get $40M

A federal judge has been asked to sign off on a $295 million settlement deal, intended to end a class action accusing Stericycle of improperly hiking prices for its smaller customers. Lawyers for the plaintiffs could receive as much as $40 million in fees under the deal.

Challenger in Cook County Assessor's race asks court to unmask creators of sham campaign websites

A Democrat running to unseat incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios has asked a court to help him unmask the people he claims are responsible for creating sham websites and social media pages for his campaign.

Judge OKs $354M settlement of cardboard price-fixing class action; lawyers get 30 percent

A federal judge has signed off on a $354 million settlement deal to box up a years-long price fixing antitrust class action against some of the country’s largest makers of cardboard. And the attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in the action are set to take in nearly $100 million, or roughly 30 percent of the settlement fund.

Class action: Meijer's employee fingerprint scans violate IL biometric privacy law

Meijer, one of the largest retailers in the Chicago area and the Midwest, has become the latest target of a growing wave of class action lawsuits accusing employers of violating an Illinois state law regulating the collection of fingerprints and other “biometric” identifiers.

Appeals panel nixes home care workers' class action vs union over unconstitutional forced fee payment

Non-union home care providers who for years had fees, worth an estimated $32 million, illegally and unconstitutionally taken by the state of Illinois and funneled to a union should not be allowed to bring a class action against that union to get their money back, because courts can’t determine how many of those caregivers may have actually supported the union, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Cook County repeals 'pop tax,' but lawsuits it spurred are still pending - though perhaps not for long

The Cook County “pop tax” will soon be a thing of the past, after the Cook County Board buckled to public pressure and repealed it. But local judges still must deal with a slew of class action lawsuits filed against supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants over allegations they improperly collected the tax from customers.

Judge cuts short class action vs Menards over lumber sizes; could impact similar suit vs Home Depot

A Chicago federal judge has sawed off a class action aimed at one of the Chicago area’s largest big box home improvement chains, saying Menards didn’t unjustly save big money by selling 4x4s and other pieces of lumber that don’t measure up their names.

Jury: Abbvie falsely marketed Androgel, owes man who suffered heart attack $140M

Drugmaker Abbvie has suffered another big loss in court, as a Chicago federal jury has ordered the North Chicago-based pharmaceutical company to pay out $140 million to another man who claimed he had suffered a heart attack as a result of taking Abbvie’s testosterone therapy drug, Androgel.

Appeals panel: North Riverside can't just end CBA to privatize fire department, save big pension bucks

The village of North Riverside has suffered yet another loss in court in its attempt to get out from under what it has called a financial crisis, as a state appeals court has upheld a state labor board’s determination the village could not use that purported crisis as an excuse to avoid a demand by its firefighters’ union to submit to arbitration a dispute over the village’s attempt to privatize fire protection services to save $700,000 per year and offload its pension obligations.

Business groups: IL geolocations privacy bill ups lawsuit risk against 'businesses of all sizes'

Already facing a surge of lawsuits under a state technology privacy law, business groups have expressed relief at Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to veto a new state technology privacy law regulating how and when smartphone apps and the businesses that develop and deploy them must notify users their physical locations are being logged – a law the business groups say will only offer the same trial lawyers another avenue to sue them.

More class actions target Alden, other care facilities over use of employee fingerprints

Alden Management Services, which operates numerous nursing homes and other care facilities throughout the Chicago area and northern Illinois, has come in for legal examination, along with other operators of Chicago area care facilities, as attorneys for employees in these health care organizations have brought yet more class action lawsuits against their employers under an Illinois law designed to govern the collection of use of so-called “biometric” identifiers, such as fingerprints.

GSK appeals $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide, Paxil labeling

About two weeks after a Chicago federal judge turned down its request for a new trial, pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline has formally appealed the judicial decisions the company has contended led to a jury improperly awarding $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by stepping in front of a train in Chicago’s Loop after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK.

SCOTUS to take up Illinois case challenging power of unions to collect fees from non-union state workers

The U.S. Supreme Court will again wade into the question of whether public sector worker unions can force government employees who don’t wish to join their union to still pay fees, ostensibly for collective bargaining representation, after the court on Sept. 28 agreed to hear arguments in the case of Janus v AFSCME.

Lawyer who helped bank wrongly get TARP funds disbarred, along with 15 other IL lawyers; 34 suspended

Lawyer who helped bank wrongly get TARP funds disbarred, along with 15 other IL lawyers; 34 suspended