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Federal appeals court tosses antitrust injunction that goes too far in car dealer software suit

Dan Churney Nov. 13, 2017, 5:44pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel has scrapped an injunction won by a Wisconsin business against a Hoffman Estates-based provider of software to car dealers, with the court saying the injunction improperly distorts the marketplace.

City of Chicago passes zoning ordinance to ensure 'affordable housing' in three hot residential zones

John Sammon Oct. 30, 2017, 8:32pm

The Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance intended to compel developers of new apartment buildings and other residential housing to set aside a greater percentage of "affordable housing" within certain zones in or near the city's downtown.

Judge OKs $354M settlement of cardboard price-fixing class action; lawyers get 30 percent

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 18, 2017, 6:13pm

A federal judge has signed off on a $354 million settlement deal to box up a years-long price fixing antitrust class action against some of the country’s largest makers of cardboard. And the attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in the action are set to take in nearly $100 million, or roughly 30 percent of the settlement fund.

Mayor's order to push developers to hire contractor businesses owned by minorities, women

Mike Thompson Aug. 30, 2017, 5:00am

Chicago’s Department of Planning Development and the Chicago Plan Commission will soon be operating under a new guideline that will monitor the participation and hiring of “Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises” (W/MBEs) with respect to certain complex or large proposed construction projects in the city.

Federal judge tosses some accusations vs testosterone drug makers on eve of Androgel bellwether trials

Dan Churney May 16, 2017, 3:34pm

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed several. but not all of the claims against the maker of a testosterone boosting drug, advanced by several plaintiffs chosen as bellwethers in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. against multiple drug manufacturers, including Besins, AbbVie, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline.

Other states potentially following standard set by IL biometric privacy law, despite numerous class actions

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro May 1, 2017, 7:04pm

An Illinois biometrics privacy law is paving the way for emerging legislation in several other states across the country, as more vendors deploy biometric technology in a variety of everyday applications, and as the courts continue to work out the potentially expensive implications of the law's mandates on business.

Supreme Court delay leaves employers in the dark regarding class action waivers

John Myers Feb. 22, 2017, 10:46pm

The United States Supreme Court's decision to delay its review of the legality of mandatory class action waivers will mean more uncertainty for employers in the near future.

CVS can be sued in Illinois for automated calls to remind about flu shots, federal judge says

Scott Holland Feb. 10, 2017, 3:58pm

A class action suit against CVS Pharmacy and its MinuteClinic will proceed after a federal judge in Chicago denied a motion to dismiss the complaint, saying the drug store chain can’t shake the lawsuit accusing them of breaking federal anti-robocalling laws when the clinic placed calls to people’s mobile phones to remind them about getting flu shots. 

Panel: Chicago commission OK to order condo association to pay lesbian couple's $68K legal bills

Scott Holland Nov. 1, 2016, 7:01pm

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations acted properly in awarding more than $68,000 in legal fees to a lesbian couple who had complained their building’s owners association had harassed and discriminated against them for being lesbians, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Big U.S. sales of Androgel sink Belgian drugmaker Besins' try to toss 'Low T' drug class action suit

Dana Herra Oct. 14, 2016, 9:30am

A federal judge has denied a Belgian drug maker’s attempt to remove itself from a massive class-action lawsuit that claims testosterone replacement drugs caused harm to patients taking them for off-label conditions.

Pennsylvania win could boost FTC in antitrust campaign against Advocate/NorthShore merger

Quinten Plummer Oct. 3, 2016, 7:35pm

As it attempts to stop the merger of the Advocate and NorthShore health systems in Illinois, the Federal Trade Commission scored a possibly influential win in Pennsylvania as the regulatory body continues its campaign to keep healthcare systems as competitive as possible.

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

Dan Churney Oct. 3, 2016, 11:51am

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

Judge tosses insurers' RICO class action vs testosterone drug makers, saying not specific enough

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 4, 2016, 5:38pm

A federal judge has tossed, with leave to amend, the bulk of a federal racketeering and fraud class action brought by an Ohio-based health insurer against Abbvie and other makers of testosterone drugs, saying the insurer has not yet backed up with enough particularity its allegations the drugmakers invented the condition known as “low T,” and, through false marketing to doctors, patients and insurers alike, induced insurers and others to pay far more for the drugs to treat the condition.

Judge declines to drop Androgel maker Besins from huge lawsuit over testosterone treatment side effects

Dan Churney Oct. 5, 2015, 12:50pm

A federal judge has declined to drop the Belgian company which makes Androgel and its American licensee from a multi-state class action lawsuit, which alleges the companies’ testosterone restorative drug is not only useless, but harmful. However, the judge did leave the door open that jurisdiction over the case could lay elsewhere.

Judge clears sale of hotels worth $86 million amid ongoing First Farmers fraud litigation

Scott Holland Sep. 9, 2015, 10:11pm

The online sale of five hotel properties worth a combined $86 million is proceeding after a federal judge in Chicago approved the transaction, which is connected to an ongoing lawsuit regarding a multi-million dollar fraudulent loan scheme. Pennant Management is embroiled in legal proceedings after accusing First Farmers Financial of selling it the federally guaranteed portions of 26 fraudulent loans allegedly worth $180 million.