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U.S. appeals panel lets lawsuit reform advocate Ted Frank explore possible class action 'objector blackmail'

By Dan Churney | Jun 29, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court is giving a lawsuit watchdog group a chance to show whether attorneys for three objectors to a $9 million class action settlement allegedly tried to squeeze extra money for themselves from the settlement by lodging objections on behalf of their clients.

Appeals court pops the top on class action vs Walgreens for wrongly charging Chicago bottled water tax

By Scott Holland | Mar 29, 2018

Saying a Cook County judge was wrong to cap it off, a state appeals panel has popped the lid placed on a class action lawsuit accusing Walgreens of wrongly charging a Chicago city tax on bottled water.

Judge cites SCOTUS' Bristol-Myers decision to gut class action over Body Fortress dietary supplement

By Dan Churney | Jan 23, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has relied on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Bristol Myers Squibb decision to gut a suit against the makers of a dietary supplement, who allegedly made bogus claims about its effectiveness, saying non-Illinois claimants can't participate in a suit in Illinois.

Volvo can't escape class action suit due to alleged false marketing over range of hybrid SUV

By Dee Thompson | Dec 12, 2017

A federal judge has ruled that a couple who were upset over their hybrid Volvo’s ability to hold a charge have legitimate claims against Volvo, turning aside the automaker's attempt to again pull the plug on the couple's class action lawsuit.

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.

Judge OKs $4.5M deal to end class action over Instaflex supplement marketing; lawyers get $1.5M

By Scott Holland | Sep 8, 2017

A federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a $4.5 million settlement in a class action regarding the effectiveness of dietary supplement Instaflex, with attorneys slated to receive nearly $1.5 million of the fund.

Appeals panel: Volvo's full refund offer doesn't negate class action over hybrid SUV's mileage marketing

By Scott Holland | Aug 24, 2017

A Chicago federal appellate court breathed new life into a lawsuit against Volvo, saying an offer by the automaker to pay one customer a full refund doesn’t garage the class action complaint.

Judge: Class action vs Precor over faulty treadmill sensors can proceed

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2017

Exercise equipment manufacturer Precor failed in its quest to get a judge to scuttle a federal class action complaint, which alleged the company sold treadmills it knew included inaccurate heart rate sensors.

Judge caps off class action accusing Walgreens of wrongly collecting Chicago's 5 cent bottled water tax

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 10, 2017

A Cook County judge has put a lid on a class action lawsuit against Walgreens brought by a man who claimed the drug store chain wrongly charged him and others a 5 cent city of Chicago sales tax on bottled drinks, which should have applied only to bottled water.

SNAP rep denies lawsuit's accusation sex abuse survivors group colludes with lawyers for kickbacks

By Laura Halleman | Feb 1, 2017

A former employee of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is suing the group, alleging collusion with survivors' attorneys - charges the group denies.

Class action settled vs Trump campaign over unauthorized text messages

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 27, 2017

A class action lawsuit alleging Donald Trump’s presidential campaign texted people without their permission has been dismissed, court documents show. And the plaintiff in the case has told The Cook County Record the case was setttled. 

Clergy sex abuse survivors group ran kickback scheme with lawyers, says ex-fundraiser's lawsuit

By Scott Holland | Jan 23, 2017

A former fundraiser at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has sued her ex-employer, accusing the Chicago-based self-help agency for victims of clergy sexual abuse of firing her after she exposed an alleged kickback scheme between the Network and trial lawyers suing on behalf of the victims.

Lawyers behind NCAA concussion settlement request combined $21M in fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 18, 2017

Laywers behind the nationwide concussion class action lawsuit against the NCAA, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries, have now asked a Chicago federal judge to award them attorney fees of $15 million. And attorneys with Edelson P.C., who represented an objector to the initial settlement and claims their work added $50 million to the settlement, has requested the court order an additional $6 million in fees.

Walgreens: Didn't mislead anyone to pay a Chicago beverage tax; judge should dismiss class action

By Scott Holland | Nov 22, 2016

Walgreens has asked a judge to dismiss a class action complaint it faces over a nickel beverage tax. In a Nov. 2 Cook County Circuit Court filing, Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance asked Judge Diane J. Larsen to dismiss a complaint Destin McIntosh filed Aug. 15, in which McIntosh claimed the pharmacy giant improperly charged a 5-cent tax. 

Volvo's offer to refund purchase price of 'underperforming' hybrid SUV nixed class action vs automaker

By Scott Holland | Oct 18, 2016

Volvo will not have to face a class action complaint about its hybrid vehicles after a federal judge in Chicago agreed to dismiss a lawsuit which demanded Volvo refund tens of thousands of dollars to everyone who purchased one of the automaker’s hybrid SUVs, which plaintiffs alleged underperformed its advertised battery-only driving range. 

Class action says Walgreens wrongly collected 5 cent bottled water tax from other drink sales

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 17, 2016

A man who claims Walgreens wrongly charged him a 5 cent sales tax on drinks he purchased at their stores has brought a class action lawsuit against the nation’s largest chain of drug stores, claiming the retailer likely similarly overcharged potentially thousands of other people and should be made to pay under Illinois law.

Class action says Trump campaign sent unsolicited, automated text messages, broke federal law

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 25, 2016

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the campaign texted people without permission, and should pay as much as $1,500 for each improper text message sent.

Federal appeals court: PF Chang's can be sued over potential ID theft from data breach

By Dan Churney | Apr 25, 2016

A Chicago federal appeals panel has given the P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain a case of legal indigestion, by reversing a district court’s dismissal of a class action suit brought by two diners, who claimed they were vulnerable to identity theft, because the chain’s allegedly poor data security allowed hackers to obtain diners’ debit and credit card information.

Volvo's hybrid engine doesn't go far enough on battery alone, XC90 buyer says in class action

By Scott Holland | Apr 22, 2016

Volvo is facing a class action complaint over the performance of its hybrid sport utility vehicles.

VW diesel emissions class actions transferred, centralized by MDL Panel in San Francisco federal court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 16, 2015

The blizzard of litigation filed against Volkswagen in the wake of revelations the automaker allegedly installed devices on diesel cars to fool emissions testing equipment has been redirected to federal court in San Francisco. Across the country, more than 500 lawsuits - primarily class action complaints - have been lodged in federal district courts against Volkswagen. In the Northern District of Illinois, for instance, 19 such lawsuits have been filed against VW.

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