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Debt collector on the hook for $70K in attorney fees for woman who they sued in the wrong county court

A Chicago debt collection law firm that sued consumers based on a former interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) will have to pay attorney fees and costs to a former debtor, a Chicago federal judge has declared.

Saint Anthony Hospital sues ratings agency Leapfrog, said knowingly used incorrect info to lower grade

Saint Anthony Hospital, which describes itself as serving poor and disadvantaged residents of Chicago’s south and west sides, has sued hospital ratings agency Leapfrog for defamation, saying the agency knowingly used incorrect information to chop the hospital’s letter grade rating for patient safety from an “A” to a “C.”

Federal judge says ERISA claim doesn't eclipse ex-VP's state wage law claims vs BMO Harris

A federal judge has kicked a wage dispute class action between a retired bank executive and BMO Harris Bank back to Cook County court, saying the executive's claim he had been shorted retirement benefits as owed under federal law did not legally eclipse his state law claims that the bank had misclassified him as an independent contractor while he worked for BMO post-retirement.

Lawyer recommends employers work with experts after class-action suit against Kroger subsidiary over biometric data

As they face a growing number of class action lawsuits from workers accusing them of improperly collecting and storing their fingerprints and other biometric data, employers should not ignore the litigation threat arising from a growing number of state laws protecting biometric privacy.

MillerCoors claims software company failed to deliver on terms of contract

MillerCoors LLC is suing HCL Technologies Limited and HCL America Inc., an Indian corporation and its American entity, citing alleged breach of contract.

Judge: Dollar General can't stop EEOC action over alleged discriminatory job screening practices

Dollar General has suffered another setback in its attempt to beat back a long-running federal investigation into job screening practices allegedly set up to screen out African American applicants, as a Chicago federal judge ruled the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t overstep in initiating an enforcement action against the retailer, even after the federal agency pulled the plug on the required pre-enforcement settlement process.

Campaign donor can't sue disgraced ex-congressman Schock for 'dishonesty'

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a campaign donor against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned his post amid allegations of financial impropriety, saying the donor can’t sue the ex-congressman for fraud because he may have acted dishonestly.

Appeals panel: Bock & Hatch lawsuit vs McGuireWoods over blog posts not a SLAPP, can continue

A state appeals panel in Chicago has slapped down a motion by one law firm to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a rival firm on SLAPP grounds, saying the suit isn't trying to choke off defendants' free speech, as protected by anti-SLAPP law, but rather concerns alleged attacks on the plaintiff firm’s reputation. 

Judge sinks bid by cruise line to use Spokeo to thwart class action over telemarketing disguised as surveys

A cruise line and other companies being sued for allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls under the guise of nonprofit surveys lost an attempt to use the recent U.S. Supreme Court Spokeo ruling to defeat a class action against them.

Cruise line, timeshare seller who tacked pitches to phone surveys likely broke law, judge says

A federal judge has ruled a group of companies that used promises of free cruises to entice people to take telephone political surveys appeared to have broken federal law, clearing the way for a class action to continue against a cruise line and seller of vacation timeshares.

Judge: Dollar General must tell how it screens job applicants, EEOC doesn't need to supply info on why it brought disparate impact action

A federal judge has dealt setbacks to Dollar General in its years-long court fight with federal equal opportunity regulators over claims the company’s employment screening practices resulted in keeping African Americans from landing jobs at the retailer’s stores.

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.