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Southwest Airlines workers: Class action over fingerprint scans not subject to union deal interpretation

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 7, 2019

Lawyers for a group of Southwest Airlines employees have asked a federal appeals court to find a Chicago federal judge was wrong to toss their class action accusing the airline of violating their rights under a state’s biometrics privacy law, as the plaintiffs said their union contract doesn’t negate the airline’s alleged liability under the state law.

BAKER & HOSTETLER: Accomplished Attorney Joins BakerHostetler's International Tax Practice

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

BakerHostetler announced today that Roger Brown – former sector leader for banking and capital markets clients in Ernst & Young LLP’s international tax and financial services practice, and former special counsel to the associate chief counsel of the IRS – will join the Washington, DC office as a partner in the firm’s international tax practice.

$10M lawsuit: Aurora Health cut real estate firm from buyback deal worth millions; Aurora: No contract breach

By Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 19, 2018

The largest health care system in Wisconsin is asking a federal judge to toss a commercial real estate agency’s $10 million lawsuit over claims the health system allegedly cut it out of a potentially lucrative deal.

Judge grounds workers' class action vs Southwest over fingerprint scans, says subject to union talks

By Scott Holland | Aug 29, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit accusing Southwest Airlines of violating employees’ privacy rights, saying the dispute instead should be subject to union negotiations.

Appeals court rules card-issuing banks can’t sue retailer directly for losses from retailer's data breach

By DM Herra | Apr 17, 2018

A federal appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that banks whose customers’ information was compromised in a grocery store data breach cannot recover losses directly from the retailer.

Judge: Class action can continue vs Wells Fargo, Fifth Third, Ironwood, others, over recorded calls

By Scott Holland | Apr 3, 2018

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a class action alleging telemarketers illegally recorded phone conversations among its banking clients’ business customers.

Judge severs disability access class action attempt vs Kohl's, says not near enough settlement

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 11, 2017

After rejecting an attempt by advocates for those with disabilities to turn their lawsuit over accessibility standards at Kohl’s department stores into a nationwide class action against the retailer, a federal judge has separated the cases, saying he does not hold out much hope the parties will agree to a settlement to resolve their disputes over such things as the width of Kohl’s store aisles and whether stores lived up to the retail chain’s “Shopability Standards.”

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

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Jun 16, 2017

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.

Nationwide disability access class action vs Kohls thwarted by differing layouts of retail chain's stores

By Scott Holland | May 4, 2017

A disability rights class action brought against Kohl’s more than two and a half years ago is on the shelf after a federal judge in Chicago denied class certification, saying, because Kohl’s store layouts vary from store to store, plaintiffs would have too difficult of a time proving the retailer had in place a nationwide policy diminishing access to people using wheelchairs.

L.A. Tan settles fingerprint scan privacy class action for $1.5M; attorneys get $600K

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 9, 2016

A woman who brought two class action lawsuits against L.A. Tan and some of its local franchisees over how they handle customers’ fingerprint scans has settled one of the lawsuits, as L.A. Tan has agreed to pay $1.5 million - including $600,000 to the attorneys who filed the class action.

Lawsuit alleging Big Lots job applications disclose too much moved from Philadelphia to Chicago federal court

By Dan Churney | Jan 4, 2016

A Pennsylvania-born putative class-action suit, which alleges the nationwide retailer Big Lots violated federal law by overstocking job applicant disclosure statements with too much information, has landed in Chicago federal court. The one-count suit, between Aaron Abel and Big Lots Stores, Inc., was filed Nov. 2 in Philadelphia County Court and transferred to Chicago Dec. 15.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 22, 2015

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.

Amazon can use rejected settlement offer to fight background check class action, judge says

By Dan Churney | Dec 14, 2015

A Chicago federal judge has ruled a plaintiff, who is leading a putative class action suit against Amazon for allegedly rejecting his job application after a background check turned up what the plaintiff said is a bogus report of a drug conviction, can’t stop the online retailer from using the plaintiff’s decision to reject a settlement offer as a defense to ward off the class action suit.

Federal judge declares Chicago red light camera program constitutional, tosses class action vs city, vendors

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 10, 2015

A federal judge has slapped a permanent stop sign on a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago and the vendors it uses to administer its red light camera program, as the judge said the city should be allowed under state law and Illinois’ constitution to delegate the task of reviewing potential red light citations to administrators and technicians hired by the vendors.

Former store workers cleared to bring wage, hour class action against Family Video

By Dana Herra | Dec 3, 2015

A federal judge was not swayed by Family Video’s “creative” arguments against granting class certification in a lawsuit filed by a group of the retailer’s former employees, allowing the litigation to move forward under both federal and Illinois wage and hour laws.

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