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IL appeals panel: Cook judge wrong to let woman who lost at trial get new chance to sue Tinley roller rink

Scott Holland Sep. 4, 2017, 12:00pm

A state appeals court said a lower court judge was wrong to allow a woman to win a new trial in a lawsuit targeting a Tinley Park roller rink.

Class action allowed to continue vs Electrolux over claims dishwashers catch fire

Scott Holland Aug. 31, 2017, 1:10pm

Electrolux, the company behind the Frigidaire line of home appliances, was unable to get a judge to wash away parts of a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of selling dishwashers customers allege can spontaneously combust.

Appeals court: Ex-rail worker can keep $21M judgment for foot severely injured in accident on job

Scott Holland Aug. 30, 2017, 12:15am

A state appeals court has upheld a $21 million judgment for a railroad worker who hurt his foot on the job.

Ethics panel: Law firm must prove Board of Review commissioner didn't profit from firm's suits vs county

Scott Holland Aug. 29, 2017, 12:45pm

A Cook County ethics panel is asking a judge to order a Chicago law firm to present proof the head of the Cook County Board of Review isn’t profiting from his law firm’s legal actions against the county.

Federal judge grates Parmesan cheese class actions, pans deceptive marketing claims

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 2:35pm

A federal judge in Chicago has shredded, for now, a block of class action lawsuits that piled up last year against Kraft, Walmart, Target, the parent company of Jewel Food Stores and others over the contents of their grated Parmesan cheese, saying he did not believe the plaintiffs could prevail in asserting the containers of “100 percent” cheese were deceptively marketed.

Willowbrook woman assaulted, stabbed by home invader sues Kwikset, Home Depot over failed lock

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 12:01pm

A woman attacked in her Willowbrook home in 2015 is trying to hold responsible the companies that made and sold the lock on the door the assailant broke through to gain entry.

Class action: Logitech sold defective video monitoring security systems, deceived customers

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 7:00am

Logitech faces a class action complaint from an Illinois resident who says the company’s old home video security system was defective and that it took several steps to keep customers from making warranty claims.

Appeals panel: Volvo's full refund offer doesn't negate class action over hybrid SUV's mileage marketing

Scott Holland Aug. 24, 2017, 6:50pm

A Chicago federal appellate court breathed new life into a lawsuit against Volvo, saying an offer by the automaker to pay one customer a full refund doesn’t garage the class action complaint.

Rush orders up $18M+ fraud lawsuit vs vendor that installed allegedly defective patient monitoring system

Scott Holland Aug. 21, 2017, 5:25pm

Rush University Medical System said it spent four years installing an $18 million patient monitoring system that doesn’t work and is taking the issue to federal court, accusing the system’s developer of fraud and demanding they pay tens of millions of dollars for the trouble.

Retired flight attendants cleared to continue suing American Airlines over change to boarding status perk

Scott Holland Aug. 18, 2017, 4:22pm

A group of American Airlines retirees will be able to continue their lawsuit against the company over changes to their priority boarding status, which they claim was guaranteed to them as a retirement benefit.

Uber agrees to settle 'Refer-A-Friend' class action for $20M; $6.6M potentially going to lawyers

Scott Holland Aug. 17, 2017, 5:49pm

Uber is moving toward a $20 million settlement of a class action lawsuit by a group accusing the ride-hailing company of breaking federal law in how it sent “Refer-A-Friend” promotional messages to prospective new customers.

Lawsuit demands IL pay schools based on 'evidence-based' funding plan called for in state budget

Scott Holland Aug. 15, 2017, 10:37am

Parents of Illinois public school students have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to secure what they consider adequate funding for the coming school year.

Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

Scott Holland Aug. 14, 2017, 6:18pm

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Class action accuses Walgreens of 'scheme' with insurers to overcharge customers, claw back copays

Scott Holland Aug. 13, 2017, 11:54am

A customer who said Walgreens charged him $21.80 for a generic drug through his insurance plan without telling him he could have paid only $10 if he paid in cash, has filed a federal class action complaint against the Deerfield-based retail pharmacy giant, saying the overcharge is part of a “fraudulent scheme” between the retailer and insurance companies.

Judge denies request to block Chicago from stripping 'police' title from airport security officers

Scott Holland Aug. 11, 2017, 6:00am

A labor union representing the Chicago airport security officers formerly designated as Chicago Aviation Police has failed for now in its attempt to block City Hall from removing the title of “police” from the officers in the wake of a high-profile passenger dragging incident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Class action: Groupon violates ADA by not offering comparable deals accessible to disabled

Scott Holland Aug. 8, 2017, 4:40pm

A man with spina bifida has accused Groupon of discrimination for not offering comparable products accessible to those with disabilities alongside other offered deals, including discounted hotel stays and football tickets.

Judge slices $6.5M sex discrimination verdict to $100K, citing damage caps

Scott Holland Aug. 4, 2017, 12:19pm

A federal judge has shaved more than $6 million off a jury’s verdict in a 2011 discrimination case because the company wasn’t large enough to be forced to pay more.

Appeals court orders more proceedings on question of who should own Piemonte car dealerships

Scott Holland Aug. 2, 2017, 3:26pm

A state appeals panel said more courtroom time is needed to determine how to divide ownership of a Chicago area car dealership following the death of its well-known, namesake owner.

A non-starter in federal court, case vs Roti over credit card digits on receipts still headed to Cook court

Scott Holland Jul. 28, 2017, 12:35am

A federal judge has again sent back to Cook County Circuit Court a class action dispute about how many credit card digits appear on restaurant receipts, saying, while federal courts have been clear the case is a non-starter, Illinois state courts have yet to answer.

Judge: Brunswick can't press suit vs McNabola for using jury note to turn trial loss to big settlement

Scott Holland Jul. 27, 2017, 12:14am

A beleaguered Chicago lawyer scored a win in his attempt to fend off claims he should pay for wrongly using a jury note to wrest a $25 million personal injury settlement on the cusp of losing at trial, as a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the boatmaker he had sued, saying the boatmaker couldn’t demonstrate its rights had been violated.