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Judge: Pet adopters can't bring class action vs pet health insurer over 'robocalls'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 21, 2017, 4:42pm

Saying he understands many of his colleagues have ruled differently, a federal judge in Chicago has denied an attempt by a group of pet adopters to turn their legal beef into a class action against a pet health insurance provider, saying the company did not “harm” the new pet owners by calling to urge them to take advantage of a “gift” of 30-day free health insurance for their new pet, which the new owners had been told was included with the adoption of their animal.

Repeated automated debt collection calls are a 'concrete injury' under Spokeo, federal law, judge says

Dan Churney Feb. 14, 2017, 11:07am

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit, brought by a woman against a debt collection company, ruling the woman could have suffered a “concrete” harm when the company allegedly violated the federal Telephone Consumers Protection Act, by repeatedly phoning her after she told them to stop. 

Appeals panel puts debt collector back on hook for class action over potentially illegal lawsuits

Dan Churney Mar. 16, 2016, 3:33pm

A man who claimed someone had fraudulently run up more than $2,500 in debt on a credit card opened in his name without his knowledge has secured another chance to press a lawsuit against a suburban debt collection agency, after a state appeals panel found the agency may have broken federal debt collection laws by suing the man over the contested debt after the statute of limitations had expired.

Tenant lawsuit: Loop luxury high-rise landlord owes free rent for entering apartments without proper notice

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 16, 2015, 3:15pm

A tenant in a luxury apartment building on the north end of the Loop believes he and his fellow tenants are owed some free rent from their landlord, who is alleged in a new lawsuit to have violated city ordinance by not providing enough warning when sending work crews into tenants’ apartments when they weren’t home. On Sept. 10, Joshua Stahl, a resident of the 73 East Lake apartment building, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against RMK Management.