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Suburban Cook County Sarpino's Pizza franchisee accused of routinely underpaying delivery drivers, other workers

Former employees of a suburban pizza chain filed a class action lawsuit claiming the business underpaid employees thousands of dollars by paying less than minimum wage, not paying overtime and not providing mileage reimbursements to delivery drivers.

Judge only partially chops class action claims vs Church & Dwight over amount of folic acid in supplement

A federal judge partially granted a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit over whether a vitamin contained too much folic acid.

Lawyers: Defendants trying to undermine $56M-75M cruise line telemarketing calls settlement

Attorneys who bagged millions of dollars in fees from a $56-$75 million class action settlement in Chicago federal court against a cruise line and others accused of making illegal telemarketing calls, are alleging the defendants are trying now to sabotage the settlement by using bogus grounds to challenge 45,000 of 58,000 claims submitted.

GSK: Apply West Virginia ruling on drug label liability to appeal of $3M verdict over Chicago lawyer's suicide

As a federal appeals court in Chicago prepares to hear arguments later this month on the question of whether a drug company should bear responsibility for the effects of a generic equivalent medication they did not make or sell, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has asked the judges to lend weight to a West Virginia Supreme Court delivered in recent days, which declared using drug warning labels to hold innovators liable for harm caused by a generic copy of their product would “sever the connection between risk and reward,” both raising prices and reducing innovation.

Doctor's lawsuit: Osco Drug repeatedly sent faxes urging refills for opioids, other prescription drugs

A Deer Park doctor has delivered a federal complaint accusing Osco Drug of persistently sending faxes urging him to refill patients’ prescriptions, including those for opioids.

Judge: Car dealer software companies can't delete antitrust claims over monopolization of car dealer data

Two companies specializing in software used by car dealerships must face an antitrust lawsuit alleging they improperly cornered the market for key industry data, and allegedly used their market share to close off competitors and jack up prices charged to vendors seeking the information they held.

CNA says Oakfabco bankruptcy plan would let asbestos lawyers rig the vote; Oakfabco: CNA just protecting its interests

Saying the plan would open opportunities for “gamesmanship” by trial lawyers, insurer CNA has asked a bankruptcy judge to shoot down a plan by the successor company to a defunct boiler maker to wind down its existence by essentially giving lawyers representing plaintiffs in nearly 34,000 asbestos claims the chance to vote themselves a payday.

Protect Our Parks group sues to block 'con game' allowing Obama museum in Chicago's Jackson Park

A group of opponents of the development of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park have sued the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to stop what they call a “short con shell game” that, if allowed to proceed, will “destroy the pristine open environment” and “open the door to progressively more intrusive destruction” of the historic park on Chicago’s South Side.

Judge: Non-competes can be too broad; Lawyer: Employers should take note

A Chicago federal judge has struck down a non-compete clause because it was too broad to enforce, and an employment attorney in Chicago says the decision should catch the eye of companies and employees alike.

Class action: CNA Financial improperly raised long-term care insurance policy rates

CNA Financial Corp. is facing a federal class action complaint accusing it of improperly raising rates on long-term policyholders.

Facebook: Cook County data mining lawsuit designed to benefit only county government, its hired lawyers

Saying only the county and its hired trial lawyers would stand to benefit from any settlement or judgment, Facebook has pushed back against the Cook County State’s Attorney’s attempt to send back to more friendly legal turf the pending legal fight over how much blame Facebook should shoulder for data mining conducted by another firm, ostensibly to benefit the 2016 election campaign of President Donald Trump.

Judge: Chicago ordinance may not allow sidestep of order to return impounded cars to bankrupt debtors

A federal judge said the city of Chicago may not have the absolute right under federal law to withhold impounded vehicles from people who have filed for bankruptcy protection, but it at least deserves the chance to argue its case to do so.

Judge slams door on class action vs Zillow; 'Zestimate' may be 'gimmick,' but not deception, fraud

Saying plaintiffs had effectively pleaded themselves out of court, a Chicago federal judge has slammed the door on an attempted class action lawsuit accusing operators of real estate website Zillow of breaking state consumer fraud and deceptive practices laws by using their “Zestimates” – an online home value estimation tool – as a “marketing gimmick” to drive business to Zillow’s preferred real estate agents and undercut home sellers’ ability to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.

Class action suit says drug companies caused opioid crisis, heightened insurance costs

A Chicago class-action lawyer has filed a 97-page lawsuit in Chicago federal court against 13 drug companies and distributors, on behalf of a woman who alleges the companies promoted opioid use, knowing such painkillers were dangerously addictive, jacking up people's health insurance costs.

DeVry University hit with another suit alleging it distorts graduate job placement stats to attract students

A DeVry University graduate has filed a putative class action in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the nationwide electronics and business school has exaggerated the employment rates of graduates, so as to lure new students. The complaint is similar to a lawsuit from a different plaintiff and legal team now pending in federal court on the same claims.

Feds OK to use article about company's bankrutpcy to rescind Obamacare Navigator grant

A federal judge in Chicago recently granted summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a case brought by a company that claimed it had been wrongly stripped of its designation to act as a "Navigator" to help people purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Judge tanks ex-MWRD cops' lawsuit over termination because they broadcast private convo on IL State Police frequency

A federal judge has squelched a lawsuit brought by two former Metropolitan Water Reclamation District police officers, who said their rights were violated with the MWRD fired them after the Illinois State Police informed their employer a private conversation between the two officers was broadcast over the state police's secure radio frequency.

Judge: One unsolicited phone call on cell phone enough to allow class action lawsuit vs Allstate

A federal judge has denied a request to dismiss a class-action suit against Allstate for allegedly placing unsolicited sales calls to customers’ cell phones, even though the lead plaintiff received only one such phone call.

Chicago female paramedics sue over alleged pervasive sex harassment in Chicago Fire Department

A group of female paramedics have filed a lawsuit alleging pervasive sexual harassment in the Chicago Fire Department

Sheriff seeks to throw out officers' Cook County court suit over Merit Board's makeup, says Board is now legit

Even as he seeks to dismiss a similar case in Chicago's federal court, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is also aiming to pop a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in which seven sheriff's officers have asked for their disciplinary cases to be tossed because the sheriff's disciplinary board was improperly seated. The sheriff contends the board is now properly constituted and at any rate, the previously improper panel never disciplined the officers, much less even heard the officer's cases, he has asserted.