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GSK appeals $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide, Paxil labeling

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 29, 2017, 3:30pm

About two weeks after a Chicago federal judge turned down its request for a new trial, pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline has formally appealed the judicial decisions the company has contended led to a jury improperly awarding $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by stepping in front of a train in Chicago’s Loop after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK.

Judge: No need for new trial, $3M verdict vs GSK over lawyer's suicide should stand

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 15, 2017, 10:03am

Pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline will not get a chance to undo a jury’s verdict, finding it owes $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide, allegedly after taking a generic equivalent of GSK’s anti-depressant drug, Paxil.

Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 5:39pm

A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.

Dancer left paralyzed by windblown pedestrian shelter at O'Hare awarded $148M verdict

The Cook County Record Aug. 25, 2017, 1:07am

A Cook County jury has awarded $148 million to a dancer who was left paralyzed when a storm blew a pedestrian shelter onto her at O’Hare International Airport.

Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

Scott Holland Aug. 14, 2017, 6:18pm

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Appeals panel: Neck, back clinic 'incidental recipient,' no right to interest on worker comp claims

Scott Holland Jul. 7, 2017, 6:29pm

A state appeals panel has sided with several insurance companies facing class action complaints from a Chicago-based medical practice specializing in treating neck and back injuries as part of worker compensation claims, saying the clinic has no right under the law to demand insurers pay interest on slow-arriving reimbursements.

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.

Court grants class status in case of Illinois inmates claiming substandard health care

Melissa Busch May 11, 2017, 9:43am

A group of Illinois prison inmates will be allowed to move forward with their class action suit claiming health care provided to inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections violates constitutional standards.

Jury: GSK liable for suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil; $3M awarded to widow

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 20, 2017, 4:04pm

A federal jury in Chicago has ordered pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to 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, finding the drugmaker should be held responsible for his death, even though it didn’t make the actual medication the lawyer had been taking for about a week before he took his life.

Judge denies request to end trial vs drugmaker GSK over suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 6, 2017, 4:41pm

A trial continues this week in Chicago federal court over the question of how much blame should be shouldered by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline for the death of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK. This week, a federal judge denied an attempt by GSK to abruptly end the weeks-long trial and secure a judgment in its favor.

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.

GlaxoSmithKline must face Paxil birth defects claims from out-of-state plaintiffs in Cook County: Panel

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 29, 2016, 3:33pm

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, a United Kingdom-based company whose U.S. operations are headquartered in Philadelphia, will need to face legal action in Cook County court over claims its drug, Paxil, caused birth defects, after an appeals court ruled local state courts have jurisdiction under Illinois law to preside over the lawsuits – even complaints brought by plaintiffs who have no significant connection to Illinois.

Appeals panel: Circuit judge erred in not giving female domestic violence victim order of protection

Dana Herra Feb. 2, 2016, 1:18pm

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois expressed strong disapproval of a Cook County circuit court judge’s handling of a domestic violence case, in which the alleged victim’s request for an order of protection was denied and a less-stringent civil restraining order was issued instead.

Canadian Pacific takes Quebec train disaster cases from Cook County to federal court

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 2, 2015, 4:48pm

Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.