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Judge balks at big poultry producers' attempt to crack chicken price fixing antitrust class action

Scott Holland Nov. 22, 2017, 11:54pm

A federal judge will allow one of the country’s leading food service distributors and a group of others balking at the high price of chicken to continue to peck away at a federal antitrust action accusing the country’s largest poultry producers of fixing prices for their birds.

Attorney says 'no chance' that $140 million punitive damages judgment against AbbVie will stand

Elizabeth Alt Nov. 9, 2017, 12:47pm

North Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie has asked a federal judge to toss out a $140 million verdict against it for allegedly mismarketing its testosterone replacement therapy drug, Androgel. And in the view of a Chicago attorney whose practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate cases, as well as class actions, there is "no chance" that judgment will be allowed to stand.

Judge OKs $354M settlement of cardboard price-fixing class action; lawyers get 30 percent

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 18, 2017, 6:13pm

A federal judge has signed off on a $354 million settlement deal to box up a years-long price fixing antitrust class action against some of the country’s largest makers of cardboard. And the attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in the action are set to take in nearly $100 million, or roughly 30 percent of the settlement fund.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

Elizabeth Alt Oct. 12, 2017, 6:45pm

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

Shutterfly can't delete class action lawsuit under IL privacy law over face tagging software

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 19, 2017, 4:38pm

A Chicago federal judge will allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against Shutterfly over its face tagging software, rejecting the online photo sharing company’s request to delete the action accusing it of violating an Illinois biometric privacy law.

Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 5:39pm

A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.

Judge: IL law doesn't force Zillow to get appraisers' license to publish online home value 'zestimates'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 24, 2017, 11:16am

Saying the plaintiffs are asking the court to misread and misapply an Illinois state law, a Chicago federal law has crashed a class action lawsuit against Zillow, which had accused the operators of the real estate website of essentially appraising property without a license, and then using their online home value estimate tool as a marketing ploy to drive business by hampering home sellers’ efforts to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.

Judge won't force Viamedia to share documents on litigation funding, DOJ action vs Comcast

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 7, 2017, 5:34pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to force Viamedia, a New York-based seller of local cable TV advertising, to turn over documents Comcast believes would shed light on Viamedia’s efforts to use third-party litigation funding to fund its antitrust legal claims against Comcast, and to urge the federal government to also take action against the telecom giant.

Zillow: 'Zestimates' constitutionally protected opinions, no appraisers license needed to publish

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 28, 2017, 8:29pm

Comparing their “zestimates” – proprietary online estimates of homes’ values – to editorials published by newspapers or ratings and reviews of various products and services published in print and online, the operators of real estate website Zillow have asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a north suburban lawyer and the owners of a Schaumburg-based home development company accusing Zillow of improperly hampering their efforts to sell their homes for what the plaintiffs believe they are worth.

Judge rejects 'totally implausible' kickbacks accusation leveled by state vs mortgage reinsurer, lenders

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 5, 2017, 6:16pm

Calling the allegations “totally implausible,” a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the state of Illinois against Bank of America and a mortgage insurance company, which had accused the lender and insurer of working in a scheme to maximize their own profits by dumping high default risk onto another mortgage insurer, leaving borrowers unaware their mortgage insurance premiums were higher than they should be.

Judge OKs at least $15M for plaintiff lawyers under Caribbean cruise telemarketing class action deal

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 7, 2017, 2:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an award of more than $15 million – and potentially, as much as $18.9 million – in attorney fees for lawyers who secured a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and other associated companies accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask illegal telemarketing calls.

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 signs off on $9.3M deal to end Rustoleum Restore products class action; lawyers get $3M

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 8, 2017, 5:00pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $9.3 million settlement deal – including more than $3 million in attorney fees – ending years of litigation against Rustoleum over damage allegedly caused to decks and patios by the company’s “Restore” product line.

Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action

Dan Churney Mar. 6, 2017, 3:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.” 

Former Illinois solicitor general returning to private appellate practice at Mayer Brown

John Myers Feb. 28, 2017, 6:04pm

After years arguing cases before some of the most prestigious courts in the state and the country, a former Illinois solicitor general is coming home to private practice at one of Chicago's most prestigious law firms - a firm at which he worked early in his career.

Judge: Comcast 'refusal to deal' on local TV ad sales not 'anticompetitive'; Viamedia to continue suit

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 23, 2017, 5:14pm

Comcast has not violated federal anti-monopoly law by refusing to allow the competitor of one of its subsidiary companies to act as a middleman on the sale of local cable advertising, a federal judge has ruled.

$9.3M deal to end Rustoleum deck products action; attorneys asking $3.1M, homeowners could get hundreds

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 17, 2017, 6:41pm

Attorneys for a class of potentially tens of thousands of homeowners and others whose wooden decks and patios were allegedly damaged by Rustoleum’s “Restore” products have asked a federal judge to grant final approval to a $9.3 million settlement with the company – a deal which could generate payments of potentially hundreds of dollars for some homeowners and more than $3.1 million for the attorneys who pressed the lawsuit.

Cruise line, others agree to pay up to $76M to end lawsuit over telemarketing cloaked as surveys

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 3:53pm

A cruise line and other companies accused of allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys have agreed to settle a federal class action lawsuit against them, agreeing to pay potentially as much as $76 million – including potentially as much as $24 million to plaintiffs’attorneys - to end the litigation before it went to trial.

Judge sinks bid by cruise line to use Spokeo to thwart class action over telemarketing disguised as surveys

Dana Herra Aug. 26, 2016, 12:47pm

A cruise line and other companies being sued for allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls under the guise of nonprofit surveys lost an attempt to use the recent U.S. Supreme Court Spokeo ruling to defeat a class action against them.

Judge tosses insurers' RICO class action vs testosterone drug makers, saying not specific enough

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 4, 2016, 5:38pm

A federal judge has tossed, with leave to amend, the bulk of a federal racketeering and fraud class action brought by an Ohio-based health insurer against Abbvie and other makers of testosterone drugs, saying the insurer has not yet backed up with enough particularity its allegations the drugmakers invented the condition known as “low T,” and, through false marketing to doctors, patients and insurers alike, induced insurers and others to pay far more for the drugs to treat the condition.