Federal appeals panel: Judge's OK of class action vs Blue Cross amounted to unexplained 'judicial fiat'
A Chicago federal appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit, which alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates overcharged beneficiaries, then passed the profits back to Blue Cross, saying a Springfield federal judge overlooked “glaring problems” when allowing the suit to proceed as a class action.
A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.
A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions.
Whether a smaller health care provider was prevented by a larger competitor from competing made a difference in a recent federal court decision that could set precedent in exclusive contracts, according to a Washington-based antitrust attorney. In late September, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria ruled that OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the largest hospital in Peoria, did not violate federal antitrust law when it entered into contracts with major commerci
Gill GarmanIllinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman’s husband has died.Gill M. Garman, a senior partner at Kesler Nelson Garman Brougher & Townsley P.C. in Danville, died Saturday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, according to his obituary and a Monday news release form the court. He was 71.Not only was Gill known for helping Garman reach the center seat behind the state high court