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CFPB's new rule 'large gift for class action lawyers'; Court challenges coming

John O'Brien Jul. 13, 2017, 12:39am

As the director of a federal consumer protection agency seemingly fights for his job, he has gone ahead with plans to finalize a controversial rule – and a court challenge seems imminent.

CFPB targets tribal lenders for breaking state usury laws, could have far-reaching impact

Mike Helenthal May 12, 2017, 9:08am

An expert on consumer financing law says a recent action filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Chicago federal court could have far-reaching effects on tribal lending, and more generally, restrict the availability of some forms of consumer credit.

U.S. Supreme Court could use IL case to toss out unions' 'fair share fees' collection from non-members

Laura Halleman Apr. 1, 2017, 11:13pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide how much fees public-worker unions in Illinois can take from non-union workers. And if it decides to hear arguments on a challenge to the fees originally introduced by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, it could mean the court is poised to overturn the longstanding legal precedent allowing the unions to exact the payments from non-members.

Court's injunction of Advocate, NorthShore merger could have future ramifications for health care industry

Dawn Geske Nov. 9, 2016, 6:04pm

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has overturned the decision by a lower court, which had denied enjoining the proposed merger between two health-care providers in Illinois. And the decision could be a harbinger for future cases, said an attorney who deals with such antitrust litigation.