Judge in $40M wrongful conviction case vs Northwestern, ex-professor: 'Cannot imagine more important civil case'
Former Northwestern University journalism professor David Protess has pleaded poverty in Chicago federal court as he defends a malicious prosecution suit from Alstory Simon, a man cleared of murder charges who blames Protess for leading a conspiracy, involving private investigators and Northwestern journalism students, to frame him for the murder of two men.
Saying the proposed settlement reflects “professionalism of the highest order, when measured by the appropriate yardstick,” a federal judge in Chicago has granted an initial nod to a $295 million settlement deal intended to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices, costing hundreds of millions of dollars to its smaller customers.
After two federal juries delivered $140 million verdicts against AbbVie, competing drugmaker Auxilium will be headed to trial over claims its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim caused heart attacks in men who took the drug to treat “off-label” conditions, spurred by what plaintiffs alleged was misleading marketing from drugmakers.
The Chicago Public Building Commission, a city agency in charge of constructing and renovating Chicago’s city-owned buildings, has agreed to pay out about $1.35 million, including more than $300,000 to a Michigan-based water well driller, to settle a federal racketeering action brought by the driller who accused the CPBC and two contractors of withholding information about underground asbestos-wrapped pipes on the site a new Chicago police station and then effectively putting the driller out of business by withholding payment.
Judge tosses Chicago Board of Ed's attempt to secure right to limit CTU speech at meetings, says suit premature
Chicago's public schools leaders jumped the gun in filing suit against its teachers union, a Chicago federal judge has ruled, saying he can't give the Chicago Board of Education the court opinion it seeks declaring the board has the right to restrict the speech of certain members of the Chicago Teachers Union school officials accused of being "vulgar and intimidating" at school administration meetings.
Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients
About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.
Appeals court says union benefits plans can't sue Abbott Labs for overreaching promotion of Depakote
A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a suit, which alleged a Chicago-area drug maker cost union benefit plans money by pushing doctors to prescribe Depakote to union members for non-FDA approved uses. The judges ruled the union plans are too far removed from the drug maker's actions to stake a claim.