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Wave of biometric privacy class actions builds; employers urged to review procedures, insurance coverage

Angela Underwood Nov. 14, 2017, 10:35pm

As the number of class action lawsuits filed under a state privacy law continue to mount against employers, Illinois companies should take notice of the wave of actions involving biometric data collection that has swept the state this year. And then, they should take action to reduce their risk of becoming the next target, said David Cummings, an attorney at Reed Smith LLP, in Chicago

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

Scott Holland Aug. 24, 2017, 6:50pm

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.

Federal judge affirms arbitration stay in racial bias lawsuit vs Chicago over waste hauling contracts

Glenn Minnis Jul. 26, 2017, 12:20am

A Chicago federal court judge has denied a local trash hauling company’s request to rescind a previously imposed stay on arbitration in a dispute with the city and its primary waste hauling vendors over service contracts.

Supreme Court decision could have big impact on mass actions in Cook County, elsewhere

John O'Brien and Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 20, 2017, 5:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned rulings made by three California courts that concluded they had specific jurisdiction over lawsuits brought by out-of-state residents against a company not incorporated or headquartered there. And reverberations from the decision will likely be felt in Cook County courtrooms, say observers.

Label or Liability: Case law could lead to short shelf life for $3M Paxil 'innovator liability' verdict

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Jun. 13, 2017, 11:00am

A Chicago federal jury shocked many observers by ordering drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of lawyer Stewart Dolin, who committed suicide in 2010 after taking a generic version of GSK's antidepressant Paxil. But legal observers believe the decision may have a short shelf life, as it could defy decades of case law on the concept of innovator liability.

Illinois unclaimed property rules for gift cards, other securities, could soon change

Nicholas Gueguen May 31, 2017, 10:10pm

A proposed new law could change the rules in Illinois concerning unclaimed property - and particularly, unclaimed gift cards and unclaimed property from business-to-business transactions, both of which may no longer be exempt from reverting to the state.

GSK asks for new trial over claims its anti-depressant labeling contributed to lawyer's suicide

Dan Churney May 31, 2017, 11:18am

Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline is trying to get out from under a $3 million jury judgment, which blamed it for a Chicago lawyer’s suicide, saying a federal judge made multiple mistakes that hamstrung the manufacturer’s defense against the claim its labels failed to warn its anti-depressant drug Paxil and its generic equivalent can lead to suicide.

Duracell claims distributor engaged in 'gray market' sales of its batteries

Louie Torres May 29, 2017, 10:23pm

Chicago-based Duracell is suing JRS Ventures Inc., a Missouri corporation, citing alleged unfair competition for its distribution practices.

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. 

Trial set to begin in litigation vs drugmaker GSK over suicide by lawyer who took generic Paxil

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 13, 2017, 8:03pm

This week, a Chicago federal court will empanel jurors to decide whether pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline should be made to pay the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK, because, the woman claims, the drug’s warning label, which was approved by federal regulators, did not contain enough information on suicide risk, misleading the doctor who prescribed it.

Urlacher sues Florida hair doctor for baldly using his name to hawk transplants

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 7, 2017, 7:02pm

Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher – a player whose exceptional, bruising play on the field was accentuated by his clean shaven head – has rushed to sack a Florida medical practice the middle linebacker said has wrongly profited from baldly using Urlacher’s name and hair regrowth success to market his services.

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

Scott Holland Oct. 18, 2016, 11:56am

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. 

Intelligentsia Group LLC, guarantors accused of failing to pay debt

Louie Torres Sep. 9, 2016, 5:11pm

A financial institution is suing Intelligentsia Group LLC and its guarantors, Brice Leckpa and Arnaud Tawud, alleging breach of contract through failure to pay a debt.

Ruling may expand use of 'hearsay' government reports to support inmate lawsuits, attorney says

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 10:00pm

A recent appeals court ruling that a Cook County Jail inmate may cite a 2008 Department of Justice investigation could open similar doors for other plaintiffs alleging unconstitutional mistreatment at the jail and at the hands of law enforcement, the inmate's attorney said.

Chicago judge tosses Ohio dentist's junk fax suit vs Conn.-based CareCredit lender

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 15, 2016, 5:10pm

A federal judge will not allow an Ohio dentist to use Chicago’s federal courtrooms to sue the Connecticut-based lender behind CareCredit for allegedly sending unsolicited faxes and making unwanted phone calls advertising the medical bill consumer credit product.

Park Grill, City Hall reach deal to end years-long court fight over 'sweetheart' contract

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 5, 2016, 3:19pm

The city of Chicago and the owners of the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park have reached a settlement to end the years-long legal saga cutting across Chicago’s culture of politics and clout.

Lawsuit accusing Grubhub of sending too many unwanted text messages lands in federal court

Scott Holland May 11, 2016, 4:18pm

A Chicago woman’s class action lawsuit that accused Chicago-based food delivery app operator Grubhub of sending unwanted text messages in violation of federal law, has landed in federal court.

Hospital council asks court to stop IT vendor from wiping patient data when it goes out of business

Dana Herra Apr. 26, 2016, 2:09pm

A council of more than 30 Chicago-area hospitals has sued its IT provider over the tech firm’s plan to destroy patient data from its servers, saying the action would severely impair the council’s ability to operate a patient-data sharing exchange.

Judge tosses garbage haulers' $24 million discrimination lawsuit vs Chicago, Allied Waste

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 25, 2016, 6:57pm

A federal judge has tossed out a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by the African-American owners of a garbage hauling company, who had alleged Chicago city officials and representatives of two other waste haulers had conspired to lock their smaller, minority-owned rival out of the city’s waste hauling business, saying the small business owners had not offered nearly enough evidence to back their assertions.

IL appeals panel says state within its rights to make convenience stores pay more cigarette tax

Scott Holland Mar. 11, 2016, 11:20am

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that an increase in the state’s cigarette tax does not violate the state constitution. Casey’s Marketing Company, which operates hundreds of Casey’s General Store convenience stores, filed the initial complaint in the wake of state legislation in 2012 to roughly double the per cigarette tax charged to those who sell them.