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High rise manager Jones Lang LaSalle can't toss tenant's racketeering class action over 'union-only rule'

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 28, 2019

An ex-tenant in a Loop office building run by Jones Lang LaSalle has won the chance to continue its class action lawsuit against the property management company, accusing JLL of illegally conspiring with unions to run a racket forcing tenants to use union labor, rather than less expensive non-union contractors, for renovations and other work.

MORGAN LEWIS: Morgan Lewis Launches ML Well Program

By Press release submission | Mar 25, 2019

Working with Chief Engagement Officer Amanda Smith, ML Well is led by the firm’s first Director of Employee Wellbeing, Krista Logelin.

Exelon, staffing companies accused of shorting specialized contractors OT pay

By Dan Churney | Mar 9, 2019

Specialists once employed by Exelon are suing the Chicago-headquartered power provider and three staffing companies in federal court, alleging defendants short-circuited labor law by withholding overtime pay.

Judge: Housing groups must show more to back home repair discrimination claims vs Deutsche Bank, others

By Scott Holland | Nov 26, 2018

A federal judge has halted, for now, a lawsuit in which fair housing advocates accused Deutsche Bank of trying to lower property values in minority neighborhoods.

Chicago property manger JLL: Ex-tenants can't sue for forcing them to use union labor; allowed under NLRA

By Dan Churney | Nov 20, 2018

The management company that oversees a number of Loop office buildings is saying a suit by an ex-tenant, which alleged the company made them use union rather than cheaper non-union labor for renovations and other work, is groundless, because federal labor laws allow for such union-only conditions.

Chase to pay $19M to settle black financial advisors' suit alleging denied opportunities; lawyers to claim $5.5M

By Dan Churney | Sep 7, 2018

JP Morgan Chase Bank has agreed to pay more than $19.5 million to settle a class action suit brought in Chicago federal court by several of its employees, who alleged the banking giant assigned its black and African-American financial advisors to less profitable locations and denied them other opportunities to get ahead, because of their race.

MORGAN LEWIS AND BOCKIUS LLP: The Best Lawyers in America Names 18 Morgan Lewis Lawyers Practice-Specific ‘Lawyers of the Year,’ Recognizes Additional 203 Morgan Lewis Lawyers

By Press release submission | Aug 24, 2018

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review content, designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers on the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same practice area and region.

Groupon, 3rd party sellers can't be required to offer ADA accessible seating, lodging options: Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 31, 2018

A federal judge has shut down a disability discrimination lawsuit against Groupon, saying the online bargains site should not be considered a place of public accommodations, and so can’t be required to sell tickets for event seating or vouchers for hotel rooms accessible to those with disabilities.

'Hidden Mexico' excursion injury suit against Gray Line and Expedia dismissed

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 11, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a couples' lawsuit vs vacation excursion companies Gray Line and Expedia, saying the couple essentially abandoned their legal action over injuries they allegedly suffered while vacationing in Mexico.

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2018

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes

Appeals court pops the top on class action vs Walgreens for wrongly charging Chicago bottled water tax

By Scott Holland | Mar 29, 2018

Saying a Cook County judge was wrong to cap it off, a state appeals panel has popped the lid placed on a class action lawsuit accusing Walgreens of wrongly charging a Chicago city tax on bottled water.

Judge declines to freeze Walgreens' suit vs Panasonic over $11.5M loss from malfunctioning cold storage

By Angela Underwood | Feb 1, 2018

A federal judge has denied an attempt by Panasonic Healthcare Corporation to place on ice Walgreens' lawsuit alleging a malfunctioning freezer damaged $11.5 million worth of medications at a store in Oregon.

Trucking firms contracted by Amazon settle drivers' 'joint employer' OT wage class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 20, 2017

A trucking company that works closely enough with Amazon to have been accused of being a “joint employer” of drivers to serve the needs of the online retailing titan appears to have secured a $94,000 settlement to end a class action lawsuit brought by a group of its former drivers over alleged unpaid overtime.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 7, 2017

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.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 12, 2017

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

Judge: Arbitration agreement in employee handbook doesn't negate wrongful termination suit vs Citibank

By Sara McCleary | Oct 6, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has denied Citibank’s motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit against it by two former employees.

Summary judgment granted for trucking company YRC Worldwide in racial discrimination case

By Chandra Lye | Sep 22, 2017

A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of a trucking company in a racial discrimination case brought by former workers.

Appeals court shears class action vs Regency beauty school, says students not employees under FLSA

By Dan Churney | Aug 23, 2017

A Chicago federal appellate court has scalped a class-action lawsuit filed by a onetime student of a nationwide beauty school, which alleged student cosmetologists should be paid for on-the-job training, as the hands-on work experience serves as compensation and is required for licensing.

Judge caps off class action accusing Walgreens of wrongly collecting Chicago's 5 cent bottled water tax

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 10, 2017

A Cook County judge has put a lid on a class action lawsuit against Walgreens brought by a man who claimed the drug store chain wrongly charged him and others a 5 cent city of Chicago sales tax on bottled drinks, which should have applied only to bottled water.

Usernames, emails now could be considered protected personal information under Illinois law

By Richard Jones | Jan 31, 2017

Changes to Illinois’ Personal Information Protection Act went into effect at the beginning of this year, adding new protections for Illinois residents, and more clearly defining what actions could trigger public notification following a data breach. The changes, enacted when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 1260 in May, expand the definition of “personal information” to include usernames and email address when they are combined with information that would allow access to an individual’s online account.

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