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SEIU Local 73 members ask judge to order national union to order local elections, restore local control

Members of an influential local union are asking a federal judge to restore local control a year after the national union appointed a trustee to bring order amid a messy leadership spat.

Nursing moms OK to sue Blue Cross for lactation services coverage, but not discrimination, judge says

Nursing mothers who said Blue Cross illegally denied coverage of lactation services suffered setbacks in their class action complaint against the insurer, including the removal of their claims for sex discrimination under federal law.

Appeals panel tosses injured construction worker's $5M settlement, says Cook Co. judges erred at trial

A state appeals panel has ordered a new trial to determine liability for injuries a worker suffered on a Walmart construction site, after determining Cook County judges didn’t properly account for a settlement agreement between the worker and some of the defendants before allowing a jury to determine who should shoulder the blame for the accident, and how much each defendant should pay.

Appeals court upholds 'flawed' AmEx gift cards class action settlement, giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95M

While they called the deal flawed, a federal appeals panel in Chicago nevertheless has upheld a settlement ending a class action lawsuit against American Express over gift cards, dividing $1.8 million among class members, and giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95 million more.

Cook Co. judge ends bid by Dotty's, other 'gaming cafes' to challenge rules over video gambling take

A Cook County judge has shot down a legal challenge brought against the Illinois Gaming Board by the operators of the Dotty's, Stella's and Shelby's branded video "gaming cafe" chains, accusing the state regulatory body of stepping on their rights to secure deals that split the take more in their favor.

Judge lets Liberty Mutual keep pressing $17M workers comp billing fraud case vs back clinic

A Cook County judge is allowing a group of insurers, led by Liberty Mutual, to move ahead with a fraud action against a medical practice they have accused of false billing in workers comp cases.

Split IL appeals court upholds $7.8M verdict; majority brushes aside trial judge's alleged errors

A state appeals court has upheld a medical malpractice wrongful death verdict worth nearly $8 million in the case against a suburban anesthesiologist and his practice over a nerve block procedure that allegedly led to the patient's paralysis and, ultimately contributed to her death.

T-Mobile store operator TCC Wireless to pay $1.15M to settle OT pay class action; attorneys to get $383K

TCC Wireless has agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle an unpaid overtime class action complaint, according to documents given an initial nod of approval late last month by a Chicago federal judge.

IL Supreme Court: Judges can't force lawyers to cough up fees earned in divorce cases, other litigation

Saying to find otherwise could lead to “absurd” and “inconvenient” problems for lawyers, Illinois’ state Supreme Court said a judge was wrong to order one lawyer to essentially pay another lawyer out of her fees earned representing one of the spouses in a divorce proceeding.

Landlord can't sue Peoples Gas over tenant billing practices because fight belongs before ICC: Appeals court

A state appeals court has ruled a landlord can't sue Peoples Gas over its tenant billing practices because the dispute doesn’t belong in court, but rather before the state commission that oversees public utilities.

Appeals panel grants win to Expedia, other travel websites in fight with cities over hotel taxes

In a legal battle between 13 Illinois cities and 13 travel websites over hotel taxes, federal judges in Chicago have now ruled against all 13 municipalities, after a federal appeals court overturned a federal district judge’s decision to allow suburban Lombard alone to continue exacting taxes from Expedia and other online travel agencies.

Judge balks at big poultry producers' attempt to crack chicken price fixing antitrust class action

A federal judge will allow one of the country’s leading food service distributors and a group of others balking at the high price of chicken to continue to peck away at a federal antitrust action accusing the country’s largest poultry producers of fixing prices for their birds.

Fraud class action vs Wilson Sporting Goods over youth baseball bats given green light by judge, for now

A class action fraud complaint against Wilson Sporting Goods over youth baseball bats has been given the green light, for now - though the case may now have some holes in the swing, after a judge’s ruling on the company’s attempt to send the lawsuit to the showers.

Rush U Med Center OK to continue fraud suit vs vendor Draeger over patient monitoring system, judge says

A federal judge in Chicago has allowed Rush University Medical Center to keep alive its $18 million lawsuit against a vendor it has accused of installing a patient monitoring system that didn’t work.

Lawsuit says Walgreens must pay for selling J&J talc products allegedly linked to ovarian cancer

As Johnson & Johnson continues to grapple with hundreds of lawsuits in courts across the country alleging links between its products containing talcum powder to ovarian cancer, Walgreens now also faces legal action for selling such products, in an action recently introduced in Cook County court.

AFSCME: Cook Sheriff's Merit Board members terms' illegal; disciplinary decisions invalid since '05

A powerful public workers’ labor union has sued the Cook County Sheriff, saying members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board – whom the sheriff essentially appoints - aren’t spending enough time in office, potentially undermining all disciplinary cases the board has handled against deputies and correctional officers represented by the union since 2005.

Cook County female jail guards sue sheriff for not protecting them from inmate sexual harassment

Days after female public defenders hit Cook County sheriff’s and public defender’s offices with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at county jail facilities, a group of female Cook County correctional officers have filed a similar complaint against Sheriff Tom Dart.

Judge: Chicago courts wrong place to try patent dispute over medical billing software

Invoking a recent Supreme Court decision addressing some of the litigation behaviors of so-called “patent trolls,” a federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit, saying plaintiffs’ assertions some people employed by a company accused of infringing a patent work from home in Illinois isn’t enough for him to allow the case to be tried in Chicago.

Female Cook public defenders sue their boss, sheriff's office for letting inmates sexually harass them

Saying the Cook County detainees they represent are sexually harassing them, a group of female public defenders have lodged a federal class action complaint against the office that employs them, as well as the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, for allowing it to happen repeatedly.

Judge: Collections letter seeking debt owed to Six Flags didn't break law, but class action not dead yet

A federal judge said a company collecting consumer debts on behalf of theme park operator Six Flags did not violate federal law in a collections letter it sent an Illinois man who later filed a class action complaint. But the judge said he would still consider whether other letters may have yet violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.