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Judge OKs class action vs SpeedyPC over alleged misleading computer diagnostic program marketing

Scott Holland Oct. 25, 2017, 12:10am

A federal judge in Chicago has pressed enter on a class action against a Canadian maker of a computer diagnostics and cleanup program plaintiffs say didn’t do much of what the company said.

Judge slices $6.5M sex discrimination verdict to $100K, citing damage caps

Scott Holland Aug. 4, 2017, 12:19pm

A federal judge has shaved more than $6 million off a jury’s verdict in a 2011 discrimination case because the company wasn’t large enough to be forced to pay more.

Federal judge kicks contractors' tussle over CTA HVAC renovation project to state court

Scott Holland Mar. 11, 2017, 12:16am

A dispute between two air conditioning manufacturers over a CTA contract won’t continue in federal court after a judge in Chicago relinquished jurisdiction and dismissed the action, allowing it to be filed again in state court. 

Security firm sues ex-lawyers for bungling suit vs other lawyers for bad advice that led to OT wage suit

Scott Holland Oct. 13, 2016, 4:43pm

A security company, which recently was forced to settle a lawsuit over its overtime wage policies, has brought a legal malpractice action against some of its former lawyers, saying their faulty guidance cost the security firm the chance to sue other lawyers whose purported bad advice had left the security company vulnerable to the wage class action lawsuit. 

Appeals panel: Fresh look needed at TCPA class actions vs insurers, so don't only enrich lawyers

Dana Herra and Jonathan Bilyk May 23, 2016, 12:51am

A panel of state appellate justices could have simply found an insurer wasn’t obligated to pay to cover a $4 million settlement reached to end a lawsuit brought by a suburban engineering firm that claimed it had received so-called “junk fax” advertisements. But the justices used the occasion to also send a message to the lawyers it says are responsible for a “proliferation” of potential junk class action lawsuits under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, brought in many cases, the jus

Judge says whistleblower can't collect in FDIC action vs failed bank over appraisal fraud, because FDIC not 'government'

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 2, 2015, 2:06pm

A federal judge has blocked the bid of a former appraisal reviewer who blew the whistle on alleged fraud at a failed suburban bank from collecting as much as a quarter of any settlement the directors of the bank may reach with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, upholding the ruling of another judge who found the FDIC cannot be considered a “government” agency for the purposes of the false claims law upon which the former bank employee has staked his claim.