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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.

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

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.

Walgreens: Didn't mislead anyone to pay a Chicago beverage tax; judge should dismiss class action

By Scott Holland | Nov 22, 2016

Walgreens has asked a judge to dismiss a class action complaint it faces over a nickel beverage tax. In a Nov. 2 Cook County Circuit Court filing, Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance asked Judge Diane J. Larsen to dismiss a complaint Destin McIntosh filed Aug. 15, in which McIntosh claimed the pharmacy giant improperly charged a 5-cent tax. 

Hotwire, Hotels.com, other online travel sites to pay Lombard $459K to settle hotel taxes lawsuit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 25, 2016

The village of Lombard will reap a $459,000 payday from the operators of six of the biggest online travel websites – the only Illinois municipality allowed to do so - after a federal judge signed off on a deal to end a years-long court fight over claims the travel sites had stiffed Lombard and other suburban Chicago communities of hotel taxes.

Not likely jury would've believed for-profit colleges tried to pocket admission reps' bonuses, judge says

By Dana Herra | Jan 9, 2016

A federal court has denied a man’s attempt to sue his former employer, a Schaumburg-based operator of several for-profit career education colleges, over its termination of a bonus incentive program he says cost him thousands. U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown granted summary judgment in December to defendant Career Education Corporation, which operates Le Cordon Bleu College, American Intercontinental University and Colorado Technical University.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 18, 2015

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.

Judge: Federal law pre-empts state law claims in massive testosterone treatment lawsuit vs drug makers

By Dana Herra | Nov 11, 2015

A federal judge has dismissed the state law counts in a massive lawsuit against eight manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapy drugs, agreeing with the defendants that the claims are preempted by federal law.U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly ruled Monday in federal court in Chicago in the multi-district litigation involving more than 2,500 plaintiffs who have alleged they’ve suffered injuries from improper prescribing of the testosterone replacement drugs.

Regency beauty school students not entitled to pay for the work they do for paying customers at the school, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 30, 2015

Aspiring beauticians aren’t entitled to salaries from payments their educators collect from customers, a Chicago federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp Jr. issued an opinion Oct. 27 in a class action lawsuit from cosmetology students of Regency Beauty Institute who argued the work they did for paying customers classified them as employees.

Weber lawsuit vs Sears over grill design more than just smoke, judge says

By Scott Holland | Sep 8, 2015

The makers of the iconic Weber backyard grill may get their chance to prove at trial Sears intentionally aped the Weber design for its own store-brand grills, after a federal judge said there may be more than just smoke to Weber’s infringement claims against the retailer. Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, creator of the eponymous Weber Grill, filed suit in federal court in 2013 against Sears, alleging some Kenmore grills infringe on Weber’s trade dress.

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