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Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn’t prove makers Georgia Pacific, Westrock fixed prices

By Dan Churney | Dec 10, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that boarded up a class action antitrust suit against Georgia Pacific and Westrock, which alleged they conspired to fix prices for containerboard. Judges again found the companies were not colluding, but rather making parallel moves in reaction to the market.

NorthShore says antitrust class action, accusing of overcharges, has no qualified representative

By Dan Churney | Oct 15, 2018

NorthShore University Health System wants a judge to strip the class-action status from an antitrust lawsuit against the hospital chain, which alleges NorthShore’s acquisition of a suburban hospital rubbed out competition and jacked up prices for patients, saying the sole remaining class representative has no standing to push the suit, because he suffered no injury.

Judges nix consumer antitrust vs steelmakers; Production chain too complex to undergird sprawling class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 7, 2018

While noting the plaintiffs had presented statements which could indicate price-fixing activity, a federal appeals panel has refused to melt down a lower court’s decision to slice up a potentially massive class action lawsuit accusing U.S. steelmakers of conspiring to jack up prices for raw steel.

Appeals panel: Caterpillar didn't discriminate vs older workers by nixing benefits plan to boost early retirement

By Scott Holland | Aug 24, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has ruled Caterpillar can’t be sued for age discrimination simply because it changed a benefits plan that led to widespread worker retirement.

Judge trips legal secretary’s discrimination suit v. Winston Strawn, says case doesn’t have ‘leg to stand on’

By Dan Churney | Jul 16, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit by a legal secretary at the Chicago firm of Winston & Strawn, who alleged harassment by fellow employees aggravated her epilepsy, finding part of the suit was barred by statute of limitations and the rest by a faulty “chain of logic.”

Judge pulls to the curb class action vs city, ParkChicago vendors over app users' parking tickets

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 21, 2018

A class action lawsuit accusing the city of Chicago and its curbside parking meters vendors of wrongly issuing parking tickets to motorists who actually had fed the meters using the ParkChicago smartphone app, has been dismissed.

Judge again sinks Brunswick's bid to undo $25M deal with lawyer who used jury note to avoid loss at trial

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 11, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has again turned aside an attempt by boatmaker Brunswick to undo a $25 million personal injury settlement the company says was obtained through fraud, as a federal judge said the company has failed again to lay claim to a protected interest violated by a rival lawyer’s decision to allegedly withhold information about a jury note moments before a verdict would have delivered a win to Brunswick.

SC Johnson fails to wipe away class action alleging kids' sunscreen's SPF ratings were false

By Scott Holland | Apr 5, 2018

One of the world’s largest makers of household chemical products, SC Johnson, was unable to persuade a federal judge to wipe away a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of misleading consumers about the SPF rating of its Babyganics mineral sunscreen.

ParkChicago vendors ask judge to curb parking tickets class action; no 'freedom from administrative inconvenience'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 5, 2018

Asserting legal precedent holds people wrongly receiving parking tickets have no “freedom from administrative inconvenience,” attorneys representing the vendors that operate Chicago’s on-street parking meters have asked the court to again pull to the curb a class action lawsuit alleging problems with the ParkChicago smartphone app results in illegal tickets issued to motorists using their phones to pay for parking.

Judge saws off $5.9 million verdict against Sears in wrench patent dispute suit vs Loggerhead

By Dan Churney | Dec 28, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has thrown a wrench into a jury's $5.9 million verdict for a suburban toolmaker, who alleged retail giant Sears copied his patented design for an implement for removing nuts and bolts, saying Sears deserves a new trial because one of her jury instructions was based on a faulty definition of a tool term made by a prior judge in the five-year-long case.

Cook Co. judge ends bid by Dotty's, other 'gaming cafes' to challenge rules over video gambling take

By Scott Holland | Dec 9, 2017

A Cook County judge has shot down a legal challenge brought against the Illinois Gaming Board by the operators of the Dotty's, Stella's and Shelby's branded video "gaming cafe" chains, accusing the state regulatory body of stepping on their rights to secure deals that split the take more in their favor.

Appeals court lets stand controversial $25M deal settling paralyzed boater's injury case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 28, 2017

A state appeals panel will let stand a Cook County judge’s decision to enforce a $25 million settlement deal between boatmaker Brunswick and a New Lenox man who claimed the company should be held accountable for an accident that left him paralyzed, even though a court clerk allegedly passed on information concerning jury deliberations to his lawyer, which the boatmaker alleged gave him an edge in the talks moments before the jury was set to render a verdict in favor of the defendants.

Chicago OK to tack on thousands in taxes to the sale of Fannie, Freddie foreclosures: Appeals court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 31, 2017

While federal law bars the city of Chicago and other local governments from slapping taxes on homes acquired by federal home mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the law does nothing to stop such cities from merely passing on those tax bills to the people who later buy the property from Fannie or Freddie, a federal appeals panel says.

Animal Legal Defense Fund sues to force Cook County to cough up report on animal control operations

By Scott Holland | Oct 5, 2017

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund wants a judge to force Cook County to release information on the county’s animal control department, asserting the county is intentionally withholding a report from the public the group believes likely contains more information about operations at county animal control than what was revealed in a released summary of the report from the county’s inspector general.

Judge: Class action can continue, in part, vs Nature's Bounty over St. John's Wort supplements

By Scott Holland | Sep 29, 2017

A class action suit accusing the maker of herbal supplements of not including enough herbs in their supplements will be allowed to continue, in part, after a federal judge agreed only to dismiss certain elements of the lawsuit against Nature’s Bounty.

Caterpillar secures win in age discrimination case over elimination of benefits package for laid off workers

By Charmaine Little | Sep 15, 2017

A federal judge has bulldozed a lawsuit against Caterpillar, which accused the Peoria-based heavy equipment manufacturer of discriminating against its older workers when it eliminated a supplemental unemployment benefit program for workers laid off at its plant in Joliet.

Judge breaks down cardboard antitrust action, says prices were raised, but no evidence of scheme

By Dan Churney | Aug 9, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has boxed up a class action antitrust suit against two containerboard companies, which alleged the companies conspired to fix prices, saying plaintiffs may have raised prices and cut production, but defendants failed to show the acts were part of a scheme and not simply reactions to the market.

Judge: Brunswick can't press suit vs McNabola for using jury note to turn trial loss to big settlement

By Scott Holland | Jul 27, 2017

A beleaguered Chicago lawyer scored a win in his attempt to fend off claims he should pay for wrongly using a jury note to wrest a $25 million personal injury settlement on the cusp of losing at trial, as a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the boatmaker he had sued, saying the boatmaker couldn’t demonstrate its rights had been violated.

Appeals panel: Neck, back clinic 'incidental recipient,' no right to interest on worker comp claims

By Scott Holland | Jul 7, 2017

A state appeals panel has sided with several insurance companies facing class action complaints from a Chicago-based medical practice specializing in treating neck and back injuries as part of worker compensation claims, saying the clinic has no right under the law to demand insurers pay interest on slow-arriving reimbursements.

NorthShore asks court to slice class action demanding IL hospitals repay for improper tax exemptions

By Dan Churney | Jul 4, 2017

Saying the basis for the suit has been amputated by Illinois’ highest court, NorthShore University Health System is asking a Cook County judge to dismiss a class-action suit, which demanded hospitals be made to pay back Illinois property taxpayers who have allegedly overpaid because, the plaintiffs allege, the state’s hospitals have wrongly enjoyed tax-exempt status.

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