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

By Scott Holland | Mar 13, 2018

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

Chicago OK to tack on thousands in taxes to the sale of Fannie, Freddie foreclosures: Appeals court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 31, 2017

While federal law bars the city of Chicago and other local governments from slapping taxes on homes acquired by federal home mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the law does nothing to stop such cities from merely passing on those tax bills to the people who later buy the property from Fannie or Freddie, a federal appeals panel says.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 6, 2017

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.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 29, 2017

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.

Judge: No need for new trial, $3M verdict vs GSK over lawyer's suicide should stand

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 15, 2017

Pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline will not get a chance to undo a jury’s verdict, finding it owes $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide, allegedly after taking a generic equivalent of GSK’s anti-depressant drug, Paxil.

Home Depot: Class action over size of 2x4s, other lumber, lacks foundation, should be tossed

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 14, 2017

Facing a class action lawsuit claiming the retailer should be made to pay for selling lumber that doesn’t measure up to its listed dimensions, Home Depot has hammered back, arguing it should not be made to answer for simply selling its products using terms common within the home improvement and construction business.

Label or Liability: Case law could lead to short shelf life for $3M Paxil 'innovator liability' verdict

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Jun 13, 2017

A Chicago federal jury shocked many observers by ordering drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of lawyer Stewart Dolin, who committed suicide in 2010 after taking a generic version of GSK's antidepressant Paxil. But legal observers believe the decision may have a short shelf life, as it could defy decades of case law on the concept of innovator liability.

GSK asks for new trial over claims its anti-depressant labeling contributed to lawyer's suicide

By Dan Churney | May 31, 2017

Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline is trying to get out from under a $3 million jury judgment, which blamed it for a Chicago lawyer’s suicide, saying a federal judge made multiple mistakes that hamstrung the manufacturer’s defense against the claim its labels failed to warn its anti-depressant drug Paxil and its generic equivalent can lead to suicide.

Judge OKs $5.2M settlement for banks vs Kmart over data breach; $1.7M to lawyers

By Dan Churney | May 30, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $5.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit by financial companies against Kmart over a data breach, including $1.7 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Jury: GSK liable for suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil; $3M awarded to widow

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 20, 2017

A federal jury in Chicago has ordered pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK, finding the drugmaker should be held responsible for his death, even though it didn’t make the actual medication the lawyer had been taking for about a week before he took his life.

Judge denies request to end trial vs drugmaker GSK over suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 6, 2017

A trial continues this week in Chicago federal court over the question of how much blame should be shouldered by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline for the death of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK. This week, a federal judge denied an attempt by GSK to abruptly end the weeks-long trial and secure a judgment in its favor.

Trial set to begin in litigation vs drugmaker GSK over suicide by lawyer who took generic Paxil

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 13, 2017

This week, a Chicago federal court will empanel jurors to decide whether pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline should be made to pay the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK, because, the woman claims, the drug’s warning label, which was approved by federal regulators, did not contain enough information on suicide risk, misleading the doctor who prescribed it.

Chicago can't collect real estate transfer tax from buyers of homes sold by Fannie, Freddie, judge says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 30, 2016

The city of Chicago should not be allowed to sidestep laws barring cities from collecting taxes on real estate sold by federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by simply passing on the tax bills to those buying the properties from Fannie and Freddie, a federal judge has ruled.

Canadian Pacific takes Quebec train disaster cases from Cook County to federal court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2015

Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.

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