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Appeals court strips class action status from wage suit vs Caterpillar labor supplier; claims too diverse

Dan Churney Sep. 28, 2017, 12:02pm

A downstate appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit against a Caterpillar contractor, which claimed the labor supplier chiseled workers out of overtime pay, saying the 100 claims in the case are too differentiated to pursue as a class.

Ford Motor Company, others accused of including asbestos in their products

Louie Torres Sep. 23, 2017, 3:15am

A family is suing several companies over a relative's exposure to asbestos.

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.

Caterpillar appeals $90M verdict after judge refuses to reduce damages in trade secrets lawsuit

Noell Wolfgram Evans Jun. 16, 2017, 6:34pm

Both Caterpillar and the UK-based engineering firm that accused the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker of stealing its trade secrets have appealed, after a federal judge refused to alter a jury's verdict, in which the British engineering firm was awarded more than $90 million.

Snow removal service alleges heavy equipment dealer owes more than $540,000

The Cook County Record May 5, 2016, 1:26pm

CHICAGO — A Markham snow removal service is suing an Elmhurst heavy equipment dealer, alleging breach of contract in failing to pay more than $540,000.

Man blames lung cancer on asbestos-laden products from Goodyear, CBS and two dozen others

Robert Hadley Jan. 24, 2016, 12:25pm

CHICAGO – A Winnebago County man suffering from mesothelioma is suing approximately two dozen defendants he says exposed him to asbestos through their products.

Class action status stripped from lawsuit alleging wage-hour missteps vs firm providing workers to Caterpillar

Dan Churney Jan. 19, 2016, 9:19am

A Chicago federal judge has stripped the class action status from a lawsuit that alleged a Caterpillar contractor rooked Joliet workers out of overtime pay, with the judge describing the claims of 94 plaintiffs as too individualized to pursue as a whole.

Caterpillar ordered to pay U.K. engineering firm $73 million for stealing trade secrets

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 22, 2015, 11:18am

A federal jury has ordered one of Illinois’ largest employers, Caterpillar, to pay a small United Kingdom-based company more than $73 million in damages, after the jury found Caterpillar had stolen trade secrets from the supplier business. On Dec. 18, the jury returned a verdict in favor of parts supplier Miller U.K.

Couple alleges wife suffers from asbestos-related mesothelioma

Dan Harkins Jul. 15, 2015, 12:10pm

A couple is suing nearly a dozen businesses, alleging the wife contracted an asbestos-related disease during the course of various auto repairs.

Millwright alleges workplace injuries

Dan Harkins Jun. 11, 2015, 12:13pm

A millwright is suing after suffering injuries on a Chicago job site.

Illinois work comp reform proposals center on call for causation standards

Amanda Robert May 13, 2015, 10:06am


Family of longtime laborer lodges lawsuit over asbestos exposure

Annie Cosby Oct. 3, 2014, 8:45am


Doing family's laundry led to mesothelioma, Texas woman claims

Melody Dareing Sep. 2, 2014, 3:45pm


Limo companies slap Caterpillar with class action suit over engines

Andrew Thomason Jun. 16, 2014, 11:31am

Two Illinois limousine companies are seeking more than $5 million from one of the state’s largest manufactures, claiming it used deceptive practices to sell them defective engines.Windy City Limousine LLC and JKS Limousine LLC filed a class action lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc. June 9 in Chicago’s federal court.The plaintiffs assert they both leased-to-own vehicles containing Caterpillar diesel engines