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Cook County repeals 'pop tax,' but lawsuits it spurred are still pending - though perhaps not for long

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 11, 2017, 11:00pm

The Cook County “pop tax” will soon be a thing of the past, after the Cook County Board buckled to public pressure and repealed it. But local judges still must deal with a slew of class action lawsuits filed against supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants over allegations they improperly collected the tax from customers.

Class action: Crestwood improperly raking in millions from Cicero Ave. red light camera tickets

Scott Holland Oct. 10, 2017, 3:42pm

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the village of Crestwood, saying the village has improperly issued 56,000 red light camera tickets and should pay back more than $3 million in fines it has collected from people wrongly ticketed on Cicero Avenue.

KFC restaurants hit with class action over collection of Cook County 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 20, 2017, 8:55pm

Yum Brands, the parent company of fast food chain KFC and other international fast food brands, has become the latest to catch legal heat for allegedly improperly collecting Cook County’s so-called “pop tax.”

List of class action lawsuits quickly grows vs Equifax over data breach

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 11, 2017, 4:48pm

Class action lawsuits have begun to multiply against Equifax in recent days in the wake of news late last week the credit reporting agency had suffered a massive data breach affecting more than 140 million Americans, yet had waited at least a month to tell the public.

Subway, O'Hare concessionaire targeted by class actions for improperly collecting Chicago soft drink tax

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 7, 2017, 10:39pm

While class actions continue to stack up against retailers accused of improperly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” one of the law firms bringing those suits has also popped two new class action suits under Chicago’s “soft drink tax,” as well, targeting Subway and a company that operates concessions at O'Hare.

Subway footlong class action plaintiffs to take another stab, after appeals court sliced 'worthless' deal

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 31, 2017, 4:00pm

Less than five days after a federal appeals court threw out a settlement deal intended to cut short the litigation, a group of lawyers representing people suing Subway over the length of their footlong sub sandwiches have indicated they will now refresh their class actions against the ubiquitous fast food chain.

Class action says PepsiCo charged Cook County 'pop tax' to bottled water sold at vending machines

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 9:57pm

PepsiCo has become the latest soft drinks vendor to be accused of not properly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” after a Chicago law firm which has already sued 7-Eleven, Subway and Jewel-Osco, also filed suit against PepsiCo, saying the food and beverage giant should be made to pay for allegedly forcing customers to pay the county tax on bottled water purchased at Pepsi-branded vending machines.

Judge sinks footlong sub sandwich suit, calls dismissed action ‘worthless’ and a ‘racket’

Dan Churney Aug. 28, 2017, 12:30pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel suffered heartburn from a class-action suit, which claimed Subway Footlong sandwiches cheat customers by occasionally measuring just under a foot, likening the litigation to a “racket” that lines the pockets of plaintiffs’ lawyers, but does little else

Federal judge grates Parmesan cheese class actions, pans deceptive marketing claims

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 2:35pm

A federal judge in Chicago has shredded, for now, a block of class action lawsuits that piled up last year against Kraft, Walmart, Target, the parent company of Jewel Food Stores and others over the contents of their grated Parmesan cheese, saying he did not believe the plaintiffs could prevail in asserting the containers of “100 percent” cheese were deceptively marketed.

Circle K, Jewel, Subway added to list of shops sued over collection of Cook County's 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 23, 2017, 12:21pm

Add three more retailers and restaurants to the list of those targeted by lawsuits over the collection of Cook County’s so-called “pop tax,” as new plaintiffs have brought actions against Circle K convenience stores, Jewel food stores and Subway restaurants operating in and around Chicago.

Class action adds 7-Eleven to list of retailers being sued for Cook County 'pop tax' collections

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 10, 2017, 12:16pm

Add 7-Eleven to the list of retailers now facing a class action lawsuit over the collection of Cook County’s controversial so-called ‘pop tax.’

Wonderful Pistachios hit with class action over early 2016 Salmonella outbreak

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 5, 2017, 5:47pm

A Chicago man has served a class action lawsuit against Wonderful Pistachios, saying the nuts seller and Sam’s Club should be made to pay for a Salmonella outbreak allegedly tied to contaminated pistachio nuts.

Appeals court: Lawsuit vs Megabus over 2014 Indiana crash to stay in Cook County, not Hoosier state

Dan Churney Jan. 16, 2017, 12:22pm

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked a request by nationwide transportation company Megabus, and other defendants in a traffic crash injury suit, to shift the case from Cook County to rural Indiana, where the crash occurred, because of convenience. 

Class action vs legal directory Avvo tossed, judge says attorney listings protected by First Amendment

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2016, 3:55pm

A federal judge has tossed a Chicago lawyer’s class action lawsuit against online attorney directory Avvo, ruling Avvo’s lawyer listings are protected by the First Amendment, and don’t break an Illinois law which forbids the use of personal information, without consent, for profit.

Class action lawsuit: Seterus reaped kickbacks from force-placed home insurance policies

Jonathan Bilyk May 31, 2016, 8:01pm

Seterus, one of the country’s largest servicers of home mortgages, has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the company has overcharged its customers for mandatory insurance coverage by partnering with one insurance provider, who then kicks back a portion of the purportedly overpriced insurance policies to Seterus.

People who sued Peet's for pouring too little French press coffee confidentially settle

Jonathan Bilyk May 2, 2016, 11:01pm

A group of people who sued Peet’s Coffee & Tea for allegedly shorting them the amount French press coffee they believed they were owed for their money, have settled their lawsuits, surrendering their opportunity to pursue the cases as class actions.

Group suing Cook County Circuit Clerk over filing fees asks judge to toss 'copy-and-paste' duplicate lawsuits

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 8, 2016, 3:43pm

A Schaumburg-based medical records technology company, which brought a class action lawsuit against Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown over her office’s allegedly improper collection of filing fees for certain kinds of motions, has asked a judge to either dismiss or at least put a hold on what it called “copy-and-paste” duplicate class actions filed after its initial lawsuit.

Online lawyer directory Avvo hit with class action for allegedly wrongly profiting from lawyers' 'professional ID'

Dana Herra Feb. 8, 2016, 4:58pm

A Chicago attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit against Avvo, an online directory that allows consumers to search for attorneys by city, name or area of practice, claiming the website is making money from her information and that of other lawyers without permission.

Class action says Ford knew about 'inherent defect' in PowerShift transmission, never told car owners

Dana Herra Feb. 3, 2016, 9:23am

A Plainfield woman has brought a class action suit against Ford, claiming the automaker knew the PowerShift transmission it offers on Fiestas and Focuses is defective, but has never publicly acknowledged the defect or offered restitution to vehicle owners.

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

Dana Herra Jan. 15, 2016, 12:41pm

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.