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KFC wins right to restrict halal advertising; Case reminds franchisees of parent brand's contract rights

A federal judge's recent decision to allow KFC to tell a Muslim franchise owner to stop advertising his halal chicken should serve as a reminder that, when it comes to franchise business relationships, the parent brand has the final say on all matters of public perception, a business attorney said.

Class action: Hoteliers conspired to manipulate online search ad results, boost room prices

Comparing the practice to a surreptitious deal struck between the world’s biggest beverage bottlers to not trample on the other’s advertising turf, a new class action lawsuit accuses the country’s biggest hoteliers of illegally conspiring to boost room prices by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

Judge says lawsuit vs Madigan can continue over placement of 'sham' Hispanic candidates on ballot

A former primary election challenger to Illinois’ top state Democratic politician has been cleared to continue to sue Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and some of his supporters for allegedly placing “sham candidates” on the ballot two years ago to confuse and split the Hispanic vote, reducing the threat the opponent posed to the powerful Chicago lawmaker.

Appeals panel: Man who fired lawyer right before signing settlement can't escape $87K attorney fees

A federal appeals court in Chicago has cleared the way for an attorney to collect $87,500 in fees owed by a former client, who the lawyer said refused to pay him after helping him navigate the path to a six-figure settlement in a legal dispute over an allegedly defective hip implant.

Appeals panel: Man injured by falling stack of insulation at Menards should have recognized 'obvious danger'

A federal appeals panel has handed a win to home improvement retailer Menards against a man who claimed the big-box hardware and lumber chain should pay after he was injured by a falling stack of insulation.

Cook Courts Clerk: No First Amendment obligation to provide immediate public access to lawsuits

The clerk of Cook County’s courts has asserted she has no obligation under the First Amendment to provide the press or public with immediate access to lawsuits publicly filed in court, making the claim as part of her bid to persuade a federal appeals panel to undo a federal judge’s injunction ordering her to create a system to provide swifter access to all electronically filed documents.

Class action: Cook County Sheriff can't reintroduce 'sham' disciplinary complaints vs formerly fired deputies

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is facing yet another lawsuit over his handling of employee terminations before an illegally constituted merit board, as two fired Cook County deputies argue the sheriff has lost his chance to fire them and 230 other terminated sheriff’s officers, even after the board was reconstituted under new legislation.

Judge rules death by 'autoerotic asphyxiation' an accident, not self-inflicted, awards insurance payout

A federal judge ruled that an insurance company must pay out on the accidental death policy of a man who died of autoerotic asphyxiation, siding with the man’s widow that choking oneself for sexual arousal does not qualify as a self-inflicted injury.

Appeals panel: Ex-Redflex executive can't claim share of $20M paid to city to settle red-light camera bribes claims

Saying to find otherwise would give “fraudsters” the chance to profit from bribery, a federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court’s decision to bar a figure at the center of Chicago’s red light camera bribery scheme from claiming a cut of the settlement paid to City Hall by the city’s former red light camera vendor.

Judge saws off class action vs Home Depot over size of 4x4s, other lumber

A federal judge has cut short a federal class action complaint accusing Home Depot of selling undersized lumber.

Billy Goat Chips Co. fires back amid trademark spat with Chicago's iconic Billy Goat Tavern

There’s no shortage of animosity between Chicago baseball fans and their St. Louis rivals, and now the same can be said of purveyors of food and drink, as Missouri-based Billy Goat Chip Company LLC has responded to a trademark lawsuit brought by Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern with a countersuit of its own, alleging the iconic downtown Chicago establishment has no legal stake to ownership of the “Billy Goat” name.

$295M settlement wins nod to end price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers get $35M

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $295 million deal to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for many of its customers, allegedly costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Judge short-circuits nationwide class action vs Logitech over its home video security systems

A Chicago federal judge has deactivated a nationwide class action against Logitech concerning its home video security systems.

Judge: Ex-Aon Bolivia CEO can't sidestep $20M lawsuit over alleged double-dealing

A federal judge has refused to let the former CEO of a South American Aon subsidiary end a $20 million federal lawsuit he faces in Chicago, in which he is accused of funneling company funds.

Black workers OK to continue discrimination suit vs staffer, employers allegedly favoring Hispanics

A group of companies facing racial discrimination lawsuits for allegedly passing over black workers in favor of Hispanic workers when hiring temporary workers, failed in their attempt to have the complaints dismissed.

Two fired white CTA employees may continue suit vs ex-employer based on retaliation, not racial discrimination

A federal judge has said two fired white Chicago Transit Authority employees can't sue for racial discrimination, but they can continue to sue their former supervisor for retaliation.

Chicago adds 'Big Three' pharma wholesalers to list of companies being sued over opioid crisis

As class action litigation continues to grow across the U.S. against the pharmaceutical companies that made opioid prescription painkillers, the city of Chicago has also set its sights in court on three companies it blames for distributing the addictive pills here, saying the companies should be made to pay for allegedly not monitoring the flow of the drugs or halting the suspicious activity at pharmacies and elsewhere that allegedly “fueled” the black market for the drugs.

Attorneys say debt collection agencies must watch language after federal court ruling

A recent federal court decision underscores the importance of minding the verbs used in communications from debt collectors.

Judge tosses class action vs Fannie May over amount of candy in $10 chocolate boxes

A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a class action lawsuit accusing Fannie May of deceiving customers into buying larger boxes that contained too little of the candymaker’s popular confectionary creations.

Judge: Pensioners fired from adjunct faculty posts not protected by age discrimination law, pensions clause

A Chicago federal judge has given a failing grade to an attempt by a group of former adjunct faculty who sued the suburban community college who fired them rather than pay a state penalty for employing retirees drawing pensions from the state’s university pension fund, with the judge ruling neither federal age discrimination laws nor the Illinois state constitution’s pensions protection clause gives the instructors a legal claim.