U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois News

Trunkett & Trunkett granted dismissal of attempted class action suit over debt collection

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 20, 2018

CHICAGO – A federal judge granted a debt collector's motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accused it of unlawful debt collection.

Pritzker campaign accused in lawsuit of discrimination, harassment against black, Latino campaign staffers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 16, 2018

Saying the Illinois gubernatorial frontrunner’s campaign has routinely “herded” and “marginalized” its workers of color, a group of African American and Latino workers for Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker has sued Pritzker’s campaign organization for discrimination and harassment.

NorthShore says antitrust class action, accusing of overcharges, has no qualified representative

By Dan Churney | Oct 15, 2018

NorthShore University Health System wants a judge to strip the class-action status from an antitrust lawsuit against the hospital chain, which alleges NorthShore’s acquisition of a suburban hospital rubbed out competition and jacked up prices for patients, saying the sole remaining class representative has no standing to push the suit, because he suffered no injury.

Fired workers say Treasure Island Foods owes them 60-days pay after abrupt store closures

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 12, 2018

A group of employees of Chicago’s recently shuttered Treasure Island supermarket chain have delivered their former employer with a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of violating their rights under state and federal laws entitling them to either a 60-day notice that the company was closing its doors, or a check equivalent to 60 days’ pay and other owed benefits.

Final OK sought for $12.5M deal to end 6-yr class action vs cruise lines over robocalls; attorneys ask $3.1M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 11, 2018

After sorting through a blizzard of more than 2 million claims, including many that “were likely fraudulent,” lawyers on both sides of a massive class action over vacation marketing robocalls have asked a judge to sign off on a $12.5 million deal to end the six-year-old litigation, under which about 275,000 approved claimants could get a share of $6 million, and plaintiffs’ lawyers could get more than $3.1 million.

Judge again nixes gay, diabetic ex-church music director's sex harassment suit, but OKs disability claim

By By DM Herra | Oct 10, 2018

A gay former church music director has failed again to persuade a judge to let him sue the Catholic church for discrimination over his sexual orientation. But the man will be allowed to press forward with claims the church’s pastor allegedly harassed him about a medical condition.

Rosebud Restaurants, EEOC settle class action over workplace sexual harassment charges

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 10, 2018

Rosebud Restaurants has settled a potential class action brought by federal workplace discrimination monitors, who had accused the Italian restaurant chain of mistreating female employees, allowing them to be subjected to sexual harassment on the job.

Uber, Lyft video ads maker, City Hall face off in court over Chicago's ridesharing ad ban

By Dan Churney | Oct 9, 2018

The city of Chicago and a company which wants to provide interactive video advertising for Uber and Lyft vehicles operating in the city have squared off in federal court over Chicago’s ban on such ads, with the company maintaining the ban runs roughshod over the U.S. and Illinois constitutions, and the city asserting the ban is a legitimate restriction of commercial speech.

Judge: Female Chicago cops can press claims CPD discriminated in assigning 'presitigious' jobs

By Scott Holland | Oct 8, 2018

A federal judge won’t dismiss lawsuits from two female Chicago Police officers who claimed the department discriminated against women when handing out promotions and special assignments.

Ex-church worker: Restore $700K verdict to punish church for painting her as 'deranged' in workplace porn tiff

By Dan Churney | Oct 8, 2018

A woman, fired by the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese allegedly in retaliation for reporting contractor watching porn on church computer, has asked a federal judge to reconsider the decision to slice her $700,000 jury award, saying the church needs to be punished for allegedly wrongly painting her as "deranged."

Chicago Joe's Tea Room group asks court to strike down IL law barring Broadview strip club

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 5, 2018

A group of investors have renewed their long-running legal fight win the chance to open a strip club in suburban Broadview, now asking a federal judge for permission to directly challenge the constitutionality of an 11-year-old state law the would-be club operators contend effectively bans all adult entertainment establishments from opening anywhere in the town.

Judge won't let class action proceed vs American Air over cancelled reservations for not early enough check-ins

By Scott Holland | Oct 4, 2018

A federal judge has granted American Airlines’ request to reject a class action complaint accusing it of violating contracts by canceling reservations for passengers who don’t check in an hour before their scheduled departure.

Class action: Ticketmaster double dips on ticket sale fees, encouraging online ticket resale scalping

By Scott Holland | Oct 3, 2018

Ticketmaster is facing a federal class action complaint over a practice that allegedly incentivizes online scalpers.

Judge nixes $17.5M deal in collection calls class action vs Ocwen, says attorney fees too high

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2018

Saying lawyers for the plaintiffs need to “drastically” reduce their $5.8 million fee request to make it "conceivable" to win his approval, a federal judge has rejected a $17.5 million settlement intended to end a class action lawsuit against debt collector Ocwen Loan Servicing over claims the company violated federal law when it called millions of debtors.

Appeals judges: Lincolnshire, other towns can't create right-to-work zones, despite home rule powers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 1, 2018

Saying to find otherwise would create “catastrophic” consequences for labor law in Illinois and across the country, a federal appeals panel has backed a federal judge’s decision to toss an attempt by a northwest suburban village to use its home rule powers to create a local right-to-work zone within its borders.

Federal judge rules UGG is a brand name, not a generic boot style

By DM Herra | Sep 28, 2018

Deckers Outdoor Corp., owner of the popular UGG brand, succeeded in a legal quest to prevent an Australian company from calling the sheepskin boots it sells in the U.S. “ugg boots,” as the judge said that term cannot be considered generic for those kinds of boots.

Judge: Lawyers must justify fee requests for investor suits withdrawn vs Akorn over proxy disclosures

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge says a group of lawyers must demonstrate why they should be allowed to collect more than $300,000 in attorney fees for their work representing clients who withdrew a potential class action against generic drug manufacturer Akorn Inc. over its attempted sale to German pharmaceutical company Fresenius.

Judge: Federal court not right place for homeowner's tax assessment discrimination claims vs Cook assessor

By Scott Holland | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Chicago Heights homeowner, who claimed he and other homeowners in poor and minority neighborhoods in Cook County were forced to pay more than they should in property taxes because, he said, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios inflated the taxable value of homes in those neighborhoods.

Judge: Not enough proof Pur Luv treats caused dog injuries, deaths to let class action vs Sergeants march on

By Scott Holland | Sep 26, 2018

A federal judge has declined to allow a class action lawsuit to move forward, which places blame for dog deaths and injuries on Sergeant’s Pur Luv treats, saying plaintiffs did not present enough evidence showing the treats are unsafe.

Third strike: Judge tosses racketeering suit vs Seyfarth Shaw, Northern Trust over tax shelters

By DM Herra | Sep 25, 2018

Prominent Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw, financial services company Northern Trust, and others have sidestepped a racketeering claim brought by a financial services provider who claimed he was misled into investing in an illegal tax shelter that eventually cost him more than $10 million in back taxes, fees, interest and penalties.

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