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Class action: Floor and Decor sells tiles that don't measure up; mimics lumber suits vs Home Depot, Menards

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 17, 2017, 3:07pm

In the wake of attempted class action lawsuits aimed at Home Depot and Menards over the size of lumber pieces they sell, Floor and Decor has become the latest class action target, as a new lawsuit claims they sell ceramic and glass tiles that allegedly don’t quite measure up to the dimensions listed on the tag and packaging.

Aramark tagged with worker fingerprint class action under IL privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2017, 12:10am

Aramark, one of the country’s largest employers, providing food service and other vendor services to Chicago’s Soldier Field and numerous schools, corporate headquarters, hospitals, prisons and other institutional facilities throughout Illinois, has become one of the latest targets among a growing number of lawsuits under an Illinois privacy law, accusing employers of not properly handling the process of scanning and managing their employees’ fingerprints to log employees’ work hours.

Hooters among latest employers sued over handling of employee fingerprints under IL privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 25, 2017, 4:07pm

The Hooters restaurant chain has landed in court, among the latest employers in Chicago and elsewhere sued under an Illinois privacy law for allegedly improperly collecting and storing its employees fingerprints, even though employees use their fingerprints to clock in and out of work shifts and accurately track their hours on the job.

Judge cuts short class action vs Menards over lumber sizes; could impact similar suit vs Home Depot

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 6, 2017, 2:42pm

A Chicago federal judge has sawed off a class action aimed at one of the Chicago area’s largest big box home improvement chains, saying Menards didn’t unjustly save big money by selling 4x4s and other pieces of lumber that don’t measure up their names.

Class actions: Abra Auto Body, Crunch Fitness didn't properly collect employee, customer fingerprints

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 14, 2017, 4:43pm

Two more business groups – a chain of auto body repair shops and a group of fitness clubs – have been added to the growing list of shops being sued under an Illinois law governing how businesses are supposed to handle the collection and use of employees’ and customers’ fingerprints and other so-called biometric information.

Wrigley Co. accused of mislabeling caloric content of Starburst Gummy candy in class action

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 31, 2017, 11:44pm

When eating a bag of gummy candy, every calorie – or every 10 calories – should count, according to a class action lawsuit brought by a man who claims the Wrigley company should pay for stating on the front of the bag in which it sells its Starburst-brand Sour Gummy candies that the candy contains 10 fewer calories per serving than it states in the nutrition content panel on the bag’s backside.

Federal judge grates Parmesan cheese class actions, pans deceptive marketing claims

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 2:35pm

A federal judge in Chicago has shredded, for now, a block of class action lawsuits that piled up last year against Kraft, Walmart, Target, the parent company of Jewel Food Stores and others over the contents of their grated Parmesan cheese, saying he did not believe the plaintiffs could prevail in asserting the containers of “100 percent” cheese were deceptively marketed.

Uber agrees to settle 'Refer-A-Friend' class action for $20M; $6.6M potentially going to lawyers

Scott Holland Aug. 17, 2017, 5:49pm

Uber is moving toward a $20 million settlement of a class action lawsuit by a group accusing the ride-hailing company of breaking federal law in how it sent “Refer-A-Friend” promotional messages to prospective new customers.

Intercontinental Hotels latest large employer tagged with class action over employee fingerprint use

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 6, 2017, 6:00am

The owners of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which includes the Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels brands, among others, have become the latest major Illinois employer to come under the sights of plaintiff employees who claim the business has wrongly collected and used employees’ fingerprints and other “biometric” data, in violation of a state privacy law.

Home Depot: Class action over size of 2x4s, other lumber, lacks foundation, should be tossed

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 14, 2017, 6:00pm

Facing a class action lawsuit claiming the retailer should be made to pay for selling lumber that doesn’t measure up to its listed dimensions, Home Depot has hammered back, arguing it should not be made to answer for simply selling its products using terms common within the home improvement and construction business.

Class action: U of Chicago Med Center owes for 'thousands' of debt collection calls to wrong people

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 2, 2017, 8:41pm

A woman claims the University of Chicago Medical Center called her on her cell phone to collect a debt she didn’t owe, alleging in a new class action lawsuit that the hospital owes her money, as well as potentially thousands of others who received the allegedly improper debt collection robocalls.

Instant Risk: Litigation threat could imperil schools' ability to instantly message parents, others

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Apr. 6, 2017, 4:04pm

A class action lawsuit now pending in Chicago’s federal courts could imperil the ability of schools to instantly send out voice and text messages and emails to parents, students and the community to inform them of emergency situations and other school-related matters, according to one company that specializes in providing schools with such messaging services.  And should such services disappear, schools in Illinois and elsewhere could be left scrambling to adapt to an enforced new legal reality, school officials said. 

Court filings: Lawsuit vs SchoolMessenger imperils schools' ability to text, call parents, students

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 28, 2017, 12:28am

The call center company behind the SchoolMessenger service, which specializes in helping schools across the country instantly communicate with parents, students and their communities, is in federal court in Chicago, attempting to fend off a massive class action lawsuit they warn could disrupt the ability of the schools who rely on the vendor to send text and voice messages requested by parents to spread the word about school events, including school closings and other emergencies.

Class action vs Home Depot: Consumers overpay for lumber that doesn't measure up

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 1:28am

An Illinois man has sought to nail one of the largest home improvement retailers in the country with a class action lawsuit, asserting they should be made to pay for selling two-by-fours and other pieces of lumber that don't measure up to their listed dimensions.

Class action accuses West Interactive Services Corp. of violating telephone law

Louie Torres Feb. 17, 2017, 11:20am

Four people have filed a class action lawsuit against West Interactive Services Corporation, citing alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Mobile marketer Kiip Inc. hit with class action over data collected from users of Runkeeper, other apps

Scott Holland Oct. 24, 2016, 12:45pm

A mobile marketing company with several high-profile clients faces a class action complaint over collection of user data. Jessica Vasil and Christine Farag, both of Illinois, filed their complaint Oct. 21 in federal court in Chicago, accusing San Francisco-based Kiip Inc. of extracting information from smartphone users without their consent.

Class action says Webassign wrongly charging sales tax to IL college students for textbook rentals

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 14, 2016, 4:17pm

An Illinois college student has delivered a potential class action lawsuit to a Raleigh, N.C.-based supplier of online instructional tools, alleging the company wrongly charges sales tax on leased textbooks when Illinois law doesn’t require it to do so.