Attorney: Seventh Circuit's decision to OK AmEx settlement giving lawyers more than class members an 'eye-opener'
A decision by a federal appeals court to uphold a settlement awarding attorneys more in fees than was paid to class members in total should serve as an "eye-opener" for the public and businesses concerning the nature of class action litigation in U.S. courts, said a local attorney who defends employers against such suits.
Appellate court confirms insurer's right to rescind auto policy over misrepresentations by the insured
A panel of Illinois appellate judges has reversed a circuit court’s ruling, finding an insurance company was within its rights to rescind an insurance policy when it learned of misrepresentations in the policyholder's application, even though it had already allowed the insured to open an accident claim under the policy.
A jury in suburban DuPage County has awarded the highest verdict Illinois has yet seen as a result of a dog bite incident. After a nine-day trial, jurors awarded plaintiff Kristen Hayes a record $940,000 award for injuries she sustained being bitten by a dog on April 23, 1997, at the age of 8. The case had been brought against Carriage Animal Clinic, whose employee had been walking the dog at the time of the bite.
A federal judge’s decision awarding at least $15 million to lawyers who secured a $56 million settlement in a class action against a cruise line and others who allegedly masked telemarketing calls as non-profit political surveys, marks one of the largest such payouts to attorneys under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.