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Pelvic mesh case involving Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson kicked back to Cook County court

The case of an Illinois woman injured during a 2013 surgery that included a pelvic mesh is on its way back to Cook County after a federal judge brushed aside a defendant's contentions the case should not be tried in Illinois.

Ex-Jewel-Osco managers' age discrimination lawsuit trimmed; Judge cuts disparate impact claim

An age discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of four former Jewel Osco store managers against the Chicago area supermarket chain has been trimmed, after a federal judge granted the company’s request to shelve several of the ex-managers’ claims, including a key count alleging the company’s policies and practices favor younger managers at the expense of the more experienced.

Volvo can't escape class action suit due to alleged false marketing over range of hybrid SUV

A federal judge has ruled that a couple who were upset over their hybrid Volvo’s ability to hold a charge have legitimate claims against Volvo, turning aside the automaker's attempt to again pull the plug on the couple's class action lawsuit.

Judge: Legislative immunity no cover for ex-Tinley development head sued by village for housing project mess

A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a suit by suburban Tinley Park against a former village development director, which alleged the ex-director's misrepresentations caused the village to come under federal investigation and pay $2.5 million to settle a suit brought by the would-be developer of a dormant low-income housing project.

Appeals court upholds 'flawed' AmEx gift cards class action settlement, giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95M

While they called the deal flawed, a federal appeals panel in Chicago nevertheless has upheld a settlement ending a class action lawsuit against American Express over gift cards, dividing $1.8 million among class members, and giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95 million more.

Judge pauses Chicago opioid lawsuit; judges mull consolidating host of similar cases nationally

A federal judge has placed on hold the city of Chicago’s lawsuit accusing the makers of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet – so-called “opioids” – of falsely marketing their drugs to doctors. defrauding City Hall and other employee health plan administrators, while giving time for a panel of federal judges to decide if the action should be consolidated with other similar lawsuits, brought by cities and others, now pending in other jurisdictions.

Law school exam administrator says applicant brought 'sham' suit based on bogus disability documents

An organization that administers law school entrance tests, is fighting off a suit, which alleges the group refused to rearrange testing conditions to accommodate an emotionally disabled applicant, by alleging the applicant and his attorney have tried to “perpetrate a fraud” by allegedly submitting fake documents as evidence of his alleged disability.

Federal judge lands dispute over ownership of vintage World War II-era fighter plane

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the plaintiff in a dispute over the ownership of a rebuilt World War II fighter plane.

T-Mobile store operator TCC Wireless to pay $1.15M to settle OT pay class action; attorneys to get $383K

TCC Wireless has agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle an unpaid overtime class action complaint, according to documents given an initial nod of approval late last month by a Chicago federal judge.

Flight attendants' minimum wage class action claims grounded vs SkyWest Airlines

A federal judge has permanently grounded a class action lawsuit brought against SkyWest Airlines by a group of flight attendants, who the judge said still haven't made their case the airline paid them so little it violated minimum wage laws.

Appeals panel grants win to Expedia, other travel websites in fight with cities over hotel taxes

In a legal battle between 13 Illinois cities and 13 travel websites over hotel taxes, federal judges in Chicago have now ruled against all 13 municipalities, after a federal appeals court overturned a federal district judge’s decision to allow suburban Lombard alone to continue exacting taxes from Expedia and other online travel agencies.

Judge trims out-of-state claims from class action vs Nature's Way over 'Made in USA' labeling

A Chicago federal judge has trimmed a class action lawsuit accusing nutritional supplement maker Nature's Way of fraud in marketing certain of its supplements as "Made in the USA," when at least one of the supplement's ingredients allegedly comes from overseas.

7th Circuit: Won't rehear EEOC appeal of dismissal of case alleging Autozone racially zoned store workers

A federal appeals court has refused to grant federal employment discrimination regulators the chance to renew their arguments that Autozone’s transfer of a black employee from a store serving a predominantly Hispanic clientele to another in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, should be considered illegal racial discrimination and segregation, even though the transferred worker suffered no loss of income, responsibilities or job opportunities.

Uber hit with private class action, regulatory lawsuit from Chicago, Cook County over 2016 data breach

In the wake of a major data breach, ridehailing company Uber, already facing a class action complaint from customers who say the company’s workplace culture allowed improper access to rider information, must now also face a lawsuit brought by the city of Chicago and Cook County, leveling much the same allegations and receiving aid from a Chicago trial lawyer renowned for routinely suing tech companies.

Judge: Gun seller can press constitutional claims vs Norridge over anti-gun shop ordinances

A Chicago federal judge will allow an online gun dealer to continue its lawsuit against the village of Norridge, alleging the village unconstitutionally used an ordinance to block it from opening a shop there.

Lawyers to seek $8M of proposed $24M settlement of shareholder suit vs drugmaker Akorn

From a lawsuit against suburban-based drugmaker Akorn, a settlement has grown in Chicago federal court, which could hand $8 million to lawyers for pursuing the class action suit against Akorn Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company misled investors.

Judge: Insurer OK not to cover big losses for defendants accused in RICO case of trying to bribe Blago

An insurer has won the right to exclude coverage based on specific policy language mentioning a 2014 RICO claim over an alleged scheme by horse racing track owners to bribe jailed former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Ex-drivers for Vehi-Ship file putative class action suit claiming FLSA violations

Two former employees of a Texas-based vehicle transportation company recently filed a putative class-action suit against the company claiming they and other employees were not paid for all hours worked and all overtime hours.

Judge balks at big poultry producers' attempt to crack chicken price fixing antitrust class action

A federal judge will allow one of the country’s leading food service distributors and a group of others balking at the high price of chicken to continue to peck away at a federal antitrust action accusing the country’s largest poultry producers of fixing prices for their birds.

Fraud class action vs Wilson Sporting Goods over youth baseball bats given green light by judge, for now

A class action fraud complaint against Wilson Sporting Goods over youth baseball bats has been given the green light, for now - though the case may now have some holes in the swing, after a judge’s ruling on the company’s attempt to send the lawsuit to the showers.