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Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2017, 11:05am

About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.

Juvenile inmates OK to continue some of their lawsuit over filming of 'Empire' in Cook detention center

Scott Holland Oct. 19, 2017, 7:33pm

A federal judge is allowing juvenile inmates to continue part of their lawsuit over filming of the television show “Empire” at a Cook County detention center.

Settlement announced in price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers could get $40M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 19, 2017, 6:24pm

A federal judge has been asked to sign off on a $295 million settlement deal, intended to end a class action accusing Stericycle of improperly hiking prices for its smaller customers. Lawyers for the plaintiffs could receive as much as $40 million in fees under the deal.

Appeals court says union benefits plans can't sue Abbott Labs for overreaching promotion of Depakote

Dan Churney Oct. 18, 2017, 6:55pm

A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a suit, which alleged a Chicago-area drug maker cost union benefit plans money by pushing doctors to prescribe Depakote to union members for non-FDA approved uses. The judges ruled the union plans are too far removed from the drug maker's actions to stake a claim.

Judge OKs $354M settlement of cardboard price-fixing class action; lawyers get 30 percent

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 18, 2017, 6:13pm

A federal judge has signed off on a $354 million settlement deal to box up a years-long price fixing antitrust class action against some of the country’s largest makers of cardboard. And the attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in the action are set to take in nearly $100 million, or roughly 30 percent of the settlement fund.

Great Lakes Window & Siding Company accused of breaching contract

Louie Torres Oct. 18, 2017, 3:00am

A bathroom remodeler is suing Great Lakes Window & Siding Company for alleged breach of contract.

Auto Trans Group Inc., others accused of breach of contract

Louie Torres Oct. 18, 2017, 2:00am

Wells Fargo is suing Auto Trans Group Inc., Violet Mihaylova and Agatanor Trucking Inc. for alleged breach of contract.

The Second City Inc. allegedly failed to take action after employee reported discrimination

Louie Torres Oct. 18, 2017, 1:00am

A man is suing The Second City Inc. for alleged discrimination and retaliation.

Federal judge: Suspended 63-year-old lawyer can't use bankruptcy to shirk $500K student loan debt

Sara McCleary Oct. 17, 2017, 4:22pm

A federal judge has affirmed a bankruptcy court judge was correct in finding a 63-year-old lawyer is still required to repay $500,000 in student loan debt, and not allowing him to shift the burden "at the expense of American taxpayers."

Travel 100 Group Inc. accuses former employee of breaching contract, taking confidential info

Louie Torres Oct. 17, 2017, 5:00am

A company is suing Amy Buchert, a former employee, for alleged breach of contract, for improperly accessing and using confidential information after her employment had ended.

Vein Clinics of America Inc., IntegraMed America Inc. accused of violating Family and Medical Leave Act

Louie Torres Oct. 17, 2017, 4:00am

A woman is suing Vein Clinics of America Inc. and IntegraMed America Inc. for alleged disability discrimination and violations of federal law and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Di'Jon Inc. accused of breach of contract for skipping payments to union fund

Louie Torres Oct. 17, 2017, 2:00am

Several trustees are suing Di'Jon Inc. for alleged breach of contract.

Investors allowed to continue pursuing AbbVie in Cook Co court over cancelled Shire acquisition

Scott Holland Oct. 16, 2017, 4:23pm

A group of investor funds will be allowed to continue their fraudulent concealment lawsuit against drugmaker AbbVie in Cook County Circuit Court after a federal judge in Chicago shot down AbbVie’s attempt to relocate to federal jurisdiction the lawsuit over AbbVie's cancelled acquisition of an Irish pharmaceutical company.

Judge: 'Ministerial exception' gives church right to fire gay music director after he marries

DM Herra Oct. 13, 2017, 5:59pm

A man fired from his job at a suburban church after marrying another man lost the federal discrimination lawsuit he filed against the church and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Appeals panel nixes home care workers' class action vs union over unconstitutional forced fee payment

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 13, 2017, 3:34pm

Non-union home care providers who for years had fees, worth an estimated $32 million, illegally and unconstitutionally taken by the state of Illinois and funneled to a union should not be allowed to bring a class action against that union to get their money back, because courts can’t determine how many of those caregivers may have actually supported the union, a federal appeals court has ruled.

School nursing vendor OK to continue lawsuit vs Chicago Public Schools, rival over employee poaching

Scott Holland Oct. 12, 2017, 9:37pm

A school nursing services vendor will be allowed to continue a small portion of its action against the Chicago Public Schools, although a federal judge agreed to dismiss part of the complaint.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

Elizabeth Alt Oct. 12, 2017, 6:45pm

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

Judge refuses to let state sidestep lawsuit by fair housing group over discrimination vs mentally ill

Dan Churney Oct. 11, 2017, 11:55pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss suits by a fair housing group, alleging state officials discriminate against the mentally ill by barring them from a Medicaid-backed housing program.

Lawsuit asserting belVita breakfast crackers aren't nutritious enough dismissed for second time

Dee Thompson Oct. 11, 2017, 11:27pm

A class action lawsuit alleging Mondelez's belVita brand breakfast crackers aren’t nutritious enough has been dismissed for a second time, and this time it cannot be refiled.

Illinois Action for Children accused of violating Americans with Disabilities Act

Louie Torres Oct. 11, 2017, 5:30am

A government agency is suing Illinois Action for Children for alleged disability discrimination and violation of civil rights.