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Appeals panel: Third-party litigation funder can't pursue lawyer for client's failure to repay lawsuit loan

While raising questions about the conduct of a lawyer accused by a litigation funding firm of failing to live up to his end of a deal to safeguard funds secured from a woman’s wrongful death suit, a state appeals panel has said the third-party lawsuit funder can’t press its claims against the lawyer after his client failed to pay them what they claim she owed under the bargain.

Appeals panel: Man who fired lawyer right before signing settlement can't escape $87K attorney fees

A federal appeals court in Chicago has cleared the way for an attorney to collect $87,500 in fees owed by a former client, who the lawyer said refused to pay him after helping him navigate the path to a six-figure settlement in a legal dispute over an allegedly defective hip implant.

Judge saws off class action vs Home Depot over size of 4x4s, other lumber

A federal judge has cut short a federal class action complaint accusing Home Depot of selling undersized lumber.

Billy Goat Chips Co. fires back amid trademark spat with Chicago's iconic Billy Goat Tavern

There’s no shortage of animosity between Chicago baseball fans and their St. Louis rivals, and now the same can be said of purveyors of food and drink, as Missouri-based Billy Goat Chip Company LLC has responded to a trademark lawsuit brought by Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern with a countersuit of its own, alleging the iconic downtown Chicago establishment has no legal stake to ownership of the “Billy Goat” name.

Judge short-circuits nationwide class action vs Logitech over its home video security systems

A Chicago federal judge has deactivated a nationwide class action against Logitech concerning its home video security systems.

Judge: Ex-Aon Bolivia CEO can't sidestep $20M lawsuit over alleged double-dealing

A federal judge has refused to let the former CEO of a South American Aon subsidiary end a $20 million federal lawsuit he faces in Chicago, in which he is accused of funneling company funds.

Woman shot in Paris attacks sues Twitter, Facebook, Google over ISIS social media use

An Illinois resident who was shot during terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 is suing Twitter, Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, saying the companies’ policies allow organizing of and recruiting for such attacks in a manner that violates federal antiterrorism laws.

Judge tosses class action vs Fannie May over amount of candy in $10 chocolate boxes

A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a class action lawsuit accusing Fannie May of deceiving customers into buying larger boxes that contained too little of the candymaker’s popular confectionary creations.

Judge: Allstate must answer class action alleging intentionally lowered risk standards, hurt profitability

A federal judge in Chicago has cleared a group of investors to continue their class action against insurer Allstate for allegedly hurting the company’s value by allegedly lowering underwriting standards to add higher-risk customers.

Class action: Aurora volleyball program owes millions for not stopping alleged sexually abusive coach

An Aurora-based club volleyball program headed by prominent coach Rick Butler, who has been accused of years of sexual abuse, threats and intimidation against his players, is the target of a multimillion-dollar federal class action complaint alleging the club failed to protect its athletes.

Judge OKs arbitration for fight vs Lyft by drivers fired after reporting other drivers' harassment

A federal judge has dispatched to arbitration a lawsuit brought against ride-hailing service Lyft by a group of former drivers who claim other drivers harassed and intimidated them, leading to retaliation and termination from Lyft when they filed police reports.

Class action: IL Treasurer Frerichs mishandling administration of 529 college savings plans

A Lake County resident has sued Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, accusing him of mishandling the state’s college savings plans and improperly assessing fees on participants.

IL appeals court revives suit vs Motorola over birth defects in children of factory workers

An Illinois appeals court has revived significant portions of a lawsuit that seeks to assign blame for birth defects to Motorola, rejecting, in part, the company's arguments parents and former Motorola workers can't sue because the fathers, rather than the mothers of the children, allegedly were exposed to the alleged toxic substances at Motorola factories in Arizona and Texas.

Appeals court: Ballot access rules not intended to produce 'absurdity;' Drury can remain on A/G ballot

Declaring they did not believe state lawmakers intended for candidates to be removed from the ballot over “absurdity,” a state appeals court has ruled Illinois attorney general candidate Scott Drury should remain on the Democratic primary ballot, despite an attempt to have him removed over his alleged failure to file a new economic interest statement when he switched to pursuing election as the state’s top law enforcement officer.

Cook Sheriff asks court to order Yahoo to reveal ID of sender of emails accusing him of domestic abuse

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants a court to force Yahoo to reveal the identity of someone he says sent emails falsely accusing him of domestic abuse.

Another class action claims McDonald's could open restaurants to visually impaired at night, but chooses not to

McDonald’s is facing another federal class action complaint from customers who say the restaurant denies people with visual impairments equal access during late night, drive-through-only hours.

Judge deletes class action vs Yahoo over Messenger texts, says 'tens of thousands' may have consented

A federal judge has broken up a class action accusing Yahoo of sending text messages in violation of federal law, saying information provided after he certified the class indicated perhaps tens of thousands of class members may have actually consented to receive the texts when they signed up for Yahoo’s services.

Judge asked to OK final $295M deal to end Stericycle price hike class action; lawyers request $42M

A federal judge has been asked to grant final approval to a $295 million settlement deal ending a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for its “small quantity” customers under an automatic price increase policy.

Lawsuit: Woman fired for drawing attention to scheme allowing RR Donnelley to short USPS millions

A woman who says she was terminated for calling to attention her former employer’s scheme to underpay postage by nearly $20 million has filed suit against Chicago-based printer and mass marketer RR Donnelley.

$22M malpractice verdict cut to $7M; appeals panel says plaintiff's death during trial nixes future damages

A state appeals court has slashed a medical malpractice jury verdict from $22 million to $7 million, saying the plaintiff’s death during the trial should negate the jury’s decision to order the defendants to pay her family an additional $14 million for future damages.