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Mom's T-Mobile contract terms can't force arbitration for son's class action vs Subway over text message ad

A federal appeals panel has reactivated a man’s class action lawsuit against sandwich seller Subway, saying the restaurant chain can’t invoke T-Mobile’s contract to force to arbitration the man’s claims Subway broke federal telecommunications law by sending text messages to T-Mobile users advertising “T-Mobile Tuesday” sandwich deals.

Muhammad Ali heirs sting Fox with $30M+ lawsuit over use of Ali footage in Super Bowl video

Fox TV didn’t have express written consent to use footage of Muhammad Ali during its 2017 Super Bowl broadcast, and now his estate is seeking at least $30 million as compensation.

Deal announced to end lawsuit over condition of historic jet car loaned to Museum of Science & Industry

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and legendary driver Craig Breedlove have reached an agreement to end their legal dispute over the condition of the historic jet-propelled car in which Breedlove set two land speed records in the 1960s. On Jan. 23, the museum and Breedlove issued a joint statement confirming they had reached the deal to end Breedlove’s lawsuit against MSI for the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the car, dubbed the Spirit of America.

Judge: Museum standards mean Museum of Science & Industry owes Breedlove duty for historic car

A legendary driver and former holder of world land speed records has won the chance to hit the gas on his lawsuit against Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry over the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the Spirit of America, a historic car in which he broke the land speed record, and which he loaned to the museum five decades ago.

Ameristar Casino, patrons OK to pursue lawsuit accusing union of targeting, harassing customers

A federal judge has cleared an East Chicago casino and a group of its customers to proceed with a lawsuit against a union, saying the union’s actions to escalate its long running labor feud with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and visits to their homes and businesses, could be considered illegal harassment going beyond mere “handbilling” and other forms of permissible persuasive speech.

Evanston business owner sues union for harassing him amid labor fight vs E. Chicago casino

An administrator and part owner at an Evanston mental illness treatment center has sued a labor union, accusing the labor group of unfairly harassing him and invading his privacy as part of the union’s ongoing dispute with an Indiana casino.

Ameristar Casino lawsuit: Union harassing customers at their homes, businesses over boycott

Indiana’s Ameristar Casino and a group of the casino’s patrons have sued a local union, claiming the labor group has gone too far in its dispute with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and other messages to pressure them to join the union’s boycott of the casino. On May 19, Ameristar Casino East Chicago filed suit in Chicago federal court against Chicago-based labor union Unite Here Local 1.

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.

Appeals panel: Airlines aren't breaching contract when put passengers' checked bags on separate flights

An airline is under no obligation to make sure passengers and their baggage are transported on the same flight, an Illinois appeals court ruled, upholding a decision of a Cook County judge in dismissing a class action lawsuit on the question. Plaintiff Gina Spadoni had filed a single-count class-action lawsuit against United Airlines in Cook County Circuit Court in 2014, claiming the airline breached its contract with her when it placed her baggage on a different flight.

Judge deals setback to $6 million ADA, harassment suit brought by legal secretary vs Winston & Strawn

A disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a legal secretary seeking at least $6 million in damages from law firm Winston & Strawn has hit a roadblock in federal court.

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.