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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.