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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.

Judge pauses Chicago opioid lawsuit; judges mull consolidating host of similar cases nationally

A federal judge has placed on hold the city of Chicago’s lawsuit accusing the makers of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet – so-called “opioids” – of falsely marketing their drugs to doctors. defrauding City Hall and other employee health plan administrators, while giving time for a panel of federal judges to decide if the action should be consolidated with other similar lawsuits, brought by cities and others, now pending in other jurisdictions.

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.

California courts to decide if Honda should pay for cars with wires rodents find tasty, judge says

A group of Honda car owners suing the automaker for building cars containing wires coated with a soy-based compound rodents find tasty, will need to press their class action claims in California, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.

Judge scolds plaintiffs' firm for 'playing gotcha' in imperiled junk fax class action

A federal judge has taken to task a Chicago law firm for attempting to intervene in an endangered junk fax class action lawsuit, saying a motion the lawyers filed amounted to little more than an attempt to play “gotcha” games with the defendants in the case and the law.

Judge: 'Professional plaintiffs' dishonesty dooms $200M junk fax class action

A federal judge has shot down an attempt by a “professional class action plaintiff” chiropractic firm and their lawyers to pursue a junk fax class action worth potentially $200 million, saying the lack of honesty, at best, or sloppiness, at best, by the plaintiffs and their lawyers doomed their attempt to lead the lawsuit against a marketing company the judge noted had sent tens of thousands of junk fax ads.

Appeals court denies constitutional challenge to Illinois repose statute in estate legal malpractice case

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's decision that a plaintiff couldn’t sue the lawyers who handled his father’s estate because he didn’t file the malpractice suit in time, ruling Illinois' repose statute was constitutionally sound in placing "reasonable" time limits on the ability of heirs to sue over the handling of estates.

Appeals court: Chicago can't slap hotel tax on booking fees charged by Expedia, other travel sites

The city of Chicago will not be able to collect $29 million it believed it was owed by Expedia and other online travel booking sites, after a state appeals court ruled the city’s hotel taxes can’t be applied to the fees charged by the booking services.

IL appeals panel: Chicago can release documents obtained by subpoena from drugmaker Janssen

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge’s decision, allowing the city of Chicago to release subpoenaed records from a drug maker in accordance with any Freedom of Information Act requests, saying public disclosure of the material will not violate state laws protecting trade secrets. 

Consumers too far down distribution chain to press price fixing class action vs steelmakers, says judge

A group of steel makers, led by Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA, have beaten down a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by more than a dozen consumers, who alleged the companies schemed to raise prices for goods made with steel, by pointing out the consumers were too far down the distribution line from the steel manufacturers to claim losses. 

$5M settlement to end Bedtime Bath products class action vs Johnson & Johnson; $1.5M for lawyers

The people behind a false advertising class action lawsuit that said Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath baby products did not make babies as sleepy as the company claimed are asking a judge to formally approve a $5 million settlement, according to a motion filed Jan. 4. The settlement would include nearly $1.5 million for attorneys, while the individual plaintiffs would collect service awards of $5,000 each. Members of the class could receive up to $15 each, if they submit eligible claims. 

California woman's lawsuit accuses Chicago lawyer of conspiring to con her out of millions

A California woman who says she was swindled out of more than $6 million as the victim of a plot worthy of a television drama has filed a Cook County Circuit Court complaint against a Chicago firm and one of its attorneys.

$30M deal to end massive price-fixing class action vs steelmakers; all settlements now total $194M

A group of about 5,500 manufacturers, metal fabricators and others who bought steel from eight American steelmakers about a decade ago have announced a $30 million deal with three of those mill operators – a settlement the parties intend would cap off a massive antitrust class action lawsuit accusing the steelmakers of manipulating supply to boost prices for their steel products.

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

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

Quick payoff or material disclosure? 7th Circuit to weigh in on Walgreens shareholder class action deal

A little less than a year after Walgreens and some of its shareholders moved to settle a class action over a lack of disclosures to shareholders who said they were concerned over the company’s merger with European retail pharmacy operator Alliance Boots, objectors to that settlement deal are hoping a federal appeals court will toss out or rewrite the settlement over concerns the deal is little more than a $370,000 payoff to trial lawyers.

Judge orders SharkNinja to clean up its act in trying to blow away rival Dyson's false advertising suit

A fed up federal judge has yanked the plug on a New England vacuum cleaner company’s effort to force test results from a rival Chicago vacuum maker, warning the company it is flirting with sanctions if it keeps trying to inflate an alleged false advertising case beyond its parameters.

Judge OKs false advertising lawsuit vs Johnson & Johnson over Bedtime Products

An Illinois woman’s false advertising complaint against Johnson & Johnson is allowed to proceed after a judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss, saying the woman had done enough so far to allow her to argue Johnson & Johnson misled her and others into buying products the company claimed were clinically proven to help babies sleep better. Stephanie Leiner, of Chillicothe, filed a class action lawsuit July 2 in federal court in Chicago against N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson.

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

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.

IL Supreme Court: Former shareholders have no standing to sue lawyers for malpractice without backing by the corporation

Former shareholders who owned minority positions in a commodity trading firm have no malpractice case against their onetime attorneys, because the case is based on the incongruity of pursuing individual claims on behalf of a corporation, the state’s high court has ruled. On Sept. 24, the Illinois State Supreme Court ended the latest round in a legal battle that dates back to 2005, when several minority shareholders in Beeland Management LLC hired the law firm of McGuireWoods to sue Beeland.

Aon sues former Bolivian subsidiary CEO, alleges double-dealings cost millions, closed Bolivia to Aon

Aon Corporation has sued the former CEO of its subsidiary in Bolivia for fraud and misconduct it alleges cost the company more than $20 million and the ability to do business at all in the South American country.