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Class action allowed to continue vs Electrolux over claims dishwashers catch fire

Scott Holland Aug. 31, 2017, 1:10pm

Electrolux, the company behind the Frigidaire line of home appliances, was unable to get a judge to wash away parts of a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of selling dishwashers customers allege can spontaneously combust.

Judge throws brake on investor class action vs operators of failed electric car maker Fisker Auto

Dan Churney Jul. 24, 2017, 7:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has put the brakes on a class action suit filed by investors, who alleged they were ripped off for hundreds of millions of dollars in a failed electric car venture, saying the investors were asleep at the switch because they launched their suit after the statute of limitations expired.

Plug pulled on data breach class action vs Vtech; plaintiffs never showed how harmed, judge says

Dan Churney Jul. 11, 2017, 6:06pm

A Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on a class action suit against electronic toymaker VTech, which alleged VTech did not protect parents' and childrens' personal data from a hacker, saying plaintiffs failed to show how the security breach harmed them.

Federal judge tosses some accusations vs testosterone drug makers on eve of Androgel bellwether trials

Dan Churney May 16, 2017, 3:34pm

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed several. but not all of the claims against the maker of a testosterone boosting drug, advanced by several plaintiffs chosen as bellwethers in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. against multiple drug manufacturers, including Besins, AbbVie, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline.

Judge curbs Illinois class action vs Ford over exhaust odors in cars

Scott Holland Apr. 11, 2017, 11:48pm

An Illinois man will not be allowed to pursue his attempt at a class action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company over exhaust odors that had accumulated in passenger cabins of some of their vehicles – in part because a similar class action is nearing settlement in Florida.

Judge: California law can't be applied nationwide in toilet water line class action vs Fluidmaster

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 4, 2017, 2:50pm

A Chicago federal judge has sunk a bid by a group of plaintiffs to float a nationwide class action under California consumer protection law against plumbing products maker Fluidmaster over supposed defects in toilet and sink water supply lines, which allegedly cause the lines to fail, rupture and leak, causing damage to homes in which they were installed.

Judge signs off on $9.3M deal to end Rustoleum Restore products class action; lawyers get $3M

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 8, 2017, 5:00pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $9.3 million settlement deal – including more than $3 million in attorney fees – ending years of litigation against Rustoleum over damage allegedly caused to decks and patios by the company’s “Restore” product line.

$9.3M deal to end Rustoleum deck products action; attorneys asking $3.1M, homeowners could get hundreds

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 17, 2017, 6:41pm

Attorneys for a class of potentially tens of thousands of homeowners and others whose wooden decks and patios were allegedly damaged by Rustoleum’s “Restore” products have asked a federal judge to grant final approval to a $9.3 million settlement with the company – a deal which could generate payments of potentially hundreds of dollars for some homeowners and more than $3.1 million for the attorneys who pressed the lawsuit.

Fisker investors class action: Bankers duped them into pouring funds into failed electric car biz

Scott Holland Nov. 28, 2016, 1:00pm

Facing a class-action complaint potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a group of investment bankers accused of misleading investors into pouring funds into a failed electric car venture – described as “the largest venture capital-backed debacle in U.S. history” - have taken the litigation to federal court.

Big U.S. sales of Androgel sink Belgian drugmaker Besins' try to toss 'Low T' drug class action suit

Dana Herra Oct. 14, 2016, 9:30am

A federal judge has denied a Belgian drug maker’s attempt to remove itself from a massive class-action lawsuit that claims testosterone replacement drugs caused harm to patients taking them for off-label conditions.

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

Dan Churney Oct. 3, 2016, 11:51am

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

Judge dismisses constitutional challenge of IL Treasurer's unclaimed property program

Scott Holland Sep. 21, 2016, 1:05pm

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office will be allowed to continue its selling of unclaimed property after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that argued the practice amounts to an unconstitutional taking of private property. 

Judge poised to OK $10 million deal ending asst managers' class actions vs Dick's Sporting Goods; attorneys to get one third

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 10, 2016, 6:36pm

A federal judge in Boston has signaled he will sign off on a $10 million settlement agreement to end class action lawsuits against Dick’s Sporting Goods, including one brought in Chicago federal court, alleging the retailer cheated employees out of overtime pay by labeling them assistant managers. Attorneys for the plaintiffs are poised to receive one-third of the settlement amount.

Judge clears nationwide lawsuit to proceed vs Rustoleum over 'latent defects' in Restore deck products

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 14, 2016, 3:12pm

A federal judge has given the green light to a class action against the makers of Rustoleum, saying, to this point, the plaintiffs in the nationwide warranty and consumer fraud litigation over “latent defects” in the Restore deck restoration product have produced enough evidence and legal precedent to move forward with their case.

Federal judge dampens suit claiming Sears sells flammable riding mowers

Dan Churney Jan. 5, 2016, 10:27am

Acting on a motion to dismiss, a Chicago federal judge has pruned a class action lawsuit brought by four people against Sears, which alleges the retailer sold defective lawnmowers prone to burst into flames.

Flight attendants wage, hour class action vs Skywest moved to Chicago federal courts, to join already pending action

Dana Herra Dec. 30, 2015, 11:41am

A class-action lawsuit claiming SkyWest Airlines systemically underpays its flight attendants was transferred Dec. 9 from a federal court district in California to Chicago federal court, joining a virtually identical class action already pending against the airline in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.