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Appeals court says union benefits plans can't sue Abbott Labs for overreaching promotion of Depakote

Dan Churney Oct. 18, 2017, 6:55pm

A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a suit, which alleged a Chicago-area drug maker cost union benefit plans money by pushing doctors to prescribe Depakote to union members for non-FDA approved uses. The judges ruled the union plans are too far removed from the drug maker's actions to stake a claim.

Federal appeals panel: Judge's OK of class action vs Blue Cross amounted to unexplained 'judicial fiat'

Dan Churney Sep. 5, 2017, 5:33pm

A Chicago federal appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit, which alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates overcharged beneficiaries, then passed the profits back to Blue Cross, saying a Springfield federal judge overlooked “glaring problems” when allowing the suit to proceed as a class action.

Caterpillar appeals $90M verdict after judge refuses to reduce damages in trade secrets lawsuit

Noell Wolfgram Evans Jun. 16, 2017, 6:34pm

Both Caterpillar and the UK-based engineering firm that accused the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker of stealing its trade secrets have appealed, after a federal judge refused to alter a jury's verdict, in which the British engineering firm was awarded more than $90 million.

Jury: Trucking companies not to blame for drinking water contamination in Sauk Village

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 18, 2017, 6:55pm

A federal jury has ruled two trucking companies are not liable for drinking water contamination in suburban Sauk Village, granting a win to their firms in their court battle with the village, which had contended the trucking companies spilled cancer-causing chemicals into the groundwater the village pumps from its wells into the homes and businesses connected to its water system.

IMRF: Deloitte owes for big unfinished pension software job; Deloitte: IMRF infringed copyright

D.M. Herra Nov. 23, 2016, 2:16pm

A contract dispute between a state agency that manages pension funds for many Illinois local governments and retirees and a software vendor was moved into federal district court when the vendor added a counterclaim alleging copyright infringement.

Appeals panel upholds dismissal of class action challenge of how Blue Cross parent corp uses profits

Scott Holland Oct. 12, 2016, 6:25pm

A state appeals panel has ruled in favor of the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, finding a Cook County judge was correct in dismissing a class action lawsuit arguing the health insurer should have spent more of its $10 billion in “cash surplus” for the betterment of its members. 

City of Chicago: Huge lead water pipes class action can't prove injuries, impinges city sovereignty

Jonathan Bilyk May 25, 2016, 6:08pm

Saying the Chicago city residents who brought the legal action can’t prove they were injured by lead in their water and arguing the lawsuit comes directly against the city’s rights under the law to set its own governmental policy, Chicago city attorneys have asked the court to toss a class action demanding the court order the city to replace lead water pipes leading to homes throughout the city and pay for medical monitoring for a large number of Chicagoans who may have been exposed to lead.

Judge, Orland Park Library foes end years-long legal spat sparked by library internet porn policies

Jonathan Bilyk May 18, 2016, 6:38pm

A years-long legal battle involving a group of Orland Park residents, a New Jersey blogger and an Orland Park library employee who each accused those on the other side of spreading lies about them in an attempt to bring the other side to heel in a fight over library policy, has ended in Chicago’s federal courts, after a judge dismissed the library employee’s last attempt at continuing her lawsuit against the blogger.

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

Dan Churney Apr. 13, 2016, 11:29am

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.

Investment group connected to Aon founder Pat Ryan says data analytics firm swindled them out of millions

Dana Herra Mar. 14, 2016, 10:13am

A wealthy and politically connected Chicago family is suing an executive they claim cheated them out of stock worth hundreds of millions of dollars to fulfill his own aspirations and allegedly cut out the investors on the cheap after their usefulness as a springboard had ended.

General Mediterranean Holding says attorney missteps led to $18 million verdict in lawsuit over Rezko South Loop deal

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 11, 2016, 6:16pm

An international real estate development group stung last year by a multi-million dollar jury award to a fellow investor who claimed the group cheated him out of millions in an allegedly underhanded deal with corrupt Illinois campaign financier Tony Rezko has itself filed suit against its former attorney, claiming missteps by the lawyer cost the group $18 million.

Caterpillar ordered to pay U.K. engineering firm $73 million for stealing trade secrets

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 22, 2015, 11:18am

A federal jury has ordered one of Illinois’ largest employers, Caterpillar, to pay a small United Kingdom-based company more than $73 million in damages, after the jury found Caterpillar had stolen trade secrets from the supplier business. On Dec. 18, the jury returned a verdict in favor of parts supplier Miller U.K.

Appeals panel: Lawyers must only perform some 'core title' work to earn payments from title insurers, avoid kickback allegations

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 11, 2015, 11:49am

Two title insurance companies did not participate in an illegal kickback scheme by splitting fees with Chicago area real estate lawyers in return for those attorneys referring clients to them, a divided state appeals panel has ruled, finding lawyers are allowed to be paid fees by the title companies – even fees that may appear large, relative to the work they actually performed – if they perform any work related to clearing a title, at all.

Federal judge declares Chicago red light camera program constitutional, tosses class action vs city, vendors

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 10, 2015, 3:38pm

A federal judge has slapped a permanent stop sign on a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago and the vendors it uses to administer its red light camera program, as the judge said the city should be allowed under state law and Illinois’ constitution to delegate the task of reviewing potential red light citations to administrators and technicians hired by the vendors.

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

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 2, 2015, 4:48pm

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.