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Judge: Faxed invite to diabetes drug seminar enough to let TCPA class action continue

Receiving an unwanted fax, inviting medical professionals to a "free seminar" discussing diabetes treatment options is harmful enough to allow a class action to continue against a drugmaker and a company that describes its mission as "connecting" nurse practitioners with drug companies' clinical research, a Chicago federal judge has said.

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

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.

Couple suing over effects of Levaquin must show how drugmaker lied, judge says

A Chicago federal judge has ruled a suburban woman must describe, in her lawsuit against global drug maker Johnson & Johnson, how the company allegedly lied about possible effects of its antibiotic Levaquin, which the woman said caused her to develop a number of ailments.

Judge blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger; effort to combine health systems scuttled

A Chicago federal judge has moved to formally block the attempted merger between Advocate and NorthShore, two of the Chicago area’s largest hospital operators, granting federal regulators’ request for an injunction and likely scuttling the merger.

NorthShore charitable foundation can't sue Niles high schools over wasted $1.3 million clinics grant

A charitable fund associated with Evanston-based NorthShore University Health System will not be able to continue much of its legal action against Niles’ high school district over the district’s decision to close some health clinics in the suburban high schools, after a Cook County judge declared the foundation should have sued someone else over the alleged waste of the foundation’s grant to fund the clinics.

North Suburban Health Foundation says Niles high schools need to repay grant for closed clinics

A charitable fund associated with Evanston-based NorthShore University Health System is suing a near northwest suburban school district, alleging the district accepted foundation grant money to open school-based health care clinics, but then chose to close the clinics after less than a year in operation, essentially wasting the foundation’s money.

Advocate, Palos Community locked in staredown over disclosure of health insurer agreements

Saying even the smallest disclosure of its “trade secrets” would cause irreparable damage to its business, Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest health system and operator of a dozen hospitals, has filed suit against a southwest suburban competitor, asking a judge to block the efforts by Palos Community Hospital to gain access to Advocate’s rate agreements with health insurers – even though Advocate recently demanded the exact same information from the Palos hospital.

Judge OKs $11 million Walgreen TCPA class action settlement; lawyers get 36 percent

A federal judge has signed off on an $11 million settlement offered by Walgreen Co. to end a class action lawsuit over the company’s practice of sending prescription reminders to customers’ cell phones - even though more than a third of the settlement award will go to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Shedd says contractor should pay for $3 million repairs to faulty underwater gates at Oceanarium

The Shedd Aquarium has asked a judge to order the general contractor that oversaw the renovation of its Oceanarium to pay almost $3 million to cover the aquarium’s costs to replace underwater gates in the Oceanarium, which the aquarium said rusted because they were poorly constructed.