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

Scott Holland Oct. 5, 2017, 3:33pm

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

Scott Holland Sep. 29, 2017, 5:43pm

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

Charmaine Little Sep. 15, 2017, 10:00am

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

Dan Churney Aug. 9, 2017, 3:15pm

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

Scott Holland Jul. 27, 2017, 12:14am

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

Scott Holland Jul. 7, 2017, 6:29pm

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

Dan Churney Jul. 4, 2017, 6:00am

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.

Judgment: UBU Sports owes FieldTurf USA $780,000 in artificial turf patent court fight

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 12:07am

The final score in a legal battle between two artificial turf manufacturers is a $780,000 win for the original patent holder, FieldTurf USA.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

Scott Holland Jun. 21, 2017, 4:30pm

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Operators of Dotty's, Stella's, Shelby's gambling cafes sue state over revenue rules

Scott Holland & Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 5, 2017, 3:12pm

The owners of two groups operating many of the video gambling establishments in strip malls and other locations across Illinois have sued the Illinois Gaming Board, arguing one board policy and two provisions of the state’s 2009 Video Gaming Act are unconstitutionally depriving them of the chance to negotiate better business deals for a larger share of the revenue they generate. 

Consumers too far down distribution chain to press price fixing class action vs steelmakers, says judge

Dan Churney Mar. 13, 2017, 9:10pm

A group of steel makers, led by Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA, have beaten down a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by more than a dozen consumers, who alleged the companies schemed to raise prices for goods made with steel, by pointing out the consumers were too far down the distribution line from the steel manufacturers to claim losses. 

Judge blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger; effort to combine health systems scuttled

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 7, 2017, 3:35pm

A Chicago federal judge has moved to formally block the attempted merger between Advocate and NorthShore, two of the Chicago area’s largest hospital operators, granting federal regulators’ request for an injunction and likely scuttling the merger.

$4.25M deal ends litigation vs Northern Trust over 'hundreds of millions' in losses for public pensions

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 12, 2017, 11:21pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $4.25 million settlement to end years of litigation between financial investment firm Northern Trust Co. and a host of public worker retirement plans in Chicago and elsewhere in the U.S. over claims Northern Trust’s allegedly risky investment decisions had led to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for the retirement programs when markets crashed at the onset of the Great Recession.

Brunswick sues McNabola, clerk, alleges wrongful use of jury note cost them, trampled legal rights

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2016, 7:15pm

Chicago lawyer Mark McNabola, already being sued by his ex-client - a man left paralyzed from a 2009 boating accident who claims the attorney’s use of jury note, improperly shared by a court clerk, cost him a $25 million settlement - has been hit with another lawsuit, this time from the yacht maker they had sued and who now allege the lawyer should also be made to pay for using the jury note to cost them a verdict from a jury poised to hand the company a courtroom win. The suit also names Cook C

Class action settled vs NorthShore Physicians group over medical debt liens, terms confidential

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 18, 2016, 5:46pm

A woman injured in a 2012 car crash has dropped her lawsuit against an Evanston-based medical practice, after a judge signed off on a settlement agreement ending the putative class action litigation in which she had accused the doctors at the practice of wrongly slapping liens on patients in an attempt to collect more than they should under agreements with health insurers.

$30M deal to end massive price-fixing class action vs steelmakers; all settlements now total $194M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 19, 2016, 5:18pm

A group of about 5,500 manufacturers, metal fabricators and others who bought steel from eight American steelmakers about a decade ago have announced a $30 million deal with three of those mill operators – a settlement the parties intend would cap off a massive antitrust class action lawsuit accusing the steelmakers of manipulating supply to boost prices for their steel products.

Chicago can't collect real estate transfer tax from buyers of homes sold by Fannie, Freddie, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:53pm

The city of Chicago should not be allowed to sidestep laws barring cities from collecting taxes on real estate sold by federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by simply passing on the tax bills to those buying the properties from Fannie and Freddie, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge dismisses 'fair share' fee suit vs state worker unions; SCOTUS deadlock means precedent stands

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:52pm

In the wake of a deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court, letting stand a federal appeals court’s ruling that public unions can compel workers not represented by unions to pay so-called “fair share” fees in lieu of union dues, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by several Illinois state workers, similarly challenging the union’s payroll deductions.

Judge says antitrust class action vs NorthShore's 2000 Highland Park hospital merger not time-barred

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 12, 2016, 8:26pm

NorthShore University Health System will need to continue to defend itself against a class action antitrust lawsuit, after a federal judge ruled a group of patients and health insurers were not years too late in bringing their legal action over NorthShore’s decision to allegedly jack up its rates nearly 16 years ago following its acquisition of Highland Park Hospital.

Some market manipulation claims vs Opana maker chopped under IL law, other states' laws

Dan Churney Aug. 22, 2016, 9:28am

A Chicago federal judge has chopped a few counts from a huge putative class-action suit – based on laws of various states, including Illinois – accusing the maker of the prescription pain killer Opana of improperly keeping the price of its product high by paying off another pharmaceutical company to delay the release of a generic version of the drug.