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'Opportunistic' pop tax class action vs Subway kicked back to Cook County court by federal judge

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 30, 2017, 8:16pm

A federal judge has poured back to Cook County court a class action lawsuit accusing Subway restaurants of making customers pay a few cents too much by collecting the soon-to-expire controversial Cook County “pop tax” on unsweetened iced tea at some of its Chicago restaurants.

Judge: No proof Columbia College would've handled male student's sex assault case any different if female

Scott Holland Oct. 30, 2017, 1:15pm

A federal judge has dismissed the complaint an anonymous male student lodged against Columbia College of Chicago regarding accusations of sexual assault, saying the male student couldn’t demonstrate female students accused of sexual assault would be treated any better.

Judge in $40M wrongful conviction case vs Northwestern, ex-professor: 'Cannot imagine more important civil case'

The Cook County Record Oct. 27, 2017, 11:59pm

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.

Federal judge says general contractor had enough control of construction site to prevent fatal accident

John Sammon Oct. 27, 2017, 5:46pm

A federal judge has rejected a call for summary judgment that attempted to dismiss a case involving the death of a construction worker who fell from a second-story balcony that allegedly had been left unsecured.

Class action vs over third-party sales calls OK to proceed; judge says allegations 'quite slim'

Dee Thompson Oct. 27, 2017, 3:36pm

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to continue against over sales calls made by third-party vendors on behalf of the home security company.

Judge grants enthusiastic initial OK to $295M deal to end price fixing class action vs Stericycle

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 27, 2017, 3:03pm

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.

Lawsuit alleges Cubicle Concepts LLC failed to pay overtime wages

Louie Torres Oct. 26, 2017, 1:00am

Two former employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Cubicle Concepts LLC and Andrew Oziemblo for alleged unpaid wages and violations of applicable minimum wage, state and workers' compensation laws.

Subway franchisor: Class action litigants concocted scheme to file suit over collection of Cook Co. pop tax

David Hutton Oct. 25, 2017, 5:47pm

A Subway franchisor has asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act in connection with a sweetened beverage tax.

Seventh Circuit tosses $10M fine vs lawyer accused by feds of fraud, says case needs second look

Scott Holland Oct. 25, 2017, 5:29pm

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out a $10 million fine levied against an attorney accused of defrauding the government.

Weaver Construction Inc. allegedly failed to pay employee contribution

Louie Torres Oct. 25, 2017, 4:00am

Several labor retirement fund organizations are suing Weaver Construction Inc. for alleged breach of contract.

Judge OKs class action vs SpeedyPC over alleged misleading computer diagnostic program marketing

Scott Holland Oct. 25, 2017, 12:10am

A federal judge in Chicago has pressed enter on a class action against a Canadian maker of a computer diagnostics and cleanup program plaintiffs say didn’t do much of what the company said.

Who left the pallet jack in the aisle? Judge says enough evidence exists to let suit continue vs Home Depot

David Hutton Oct. 24, 2017, 11:26pm

A federal judge has rejected Home Depot's attempt to dismiss a personal injury and liability complaint against the retailer and a vendor brought by a woman who claimed she was hurt when she fell over a pallet jack in the home improvement chain's Joliet store.

Judge: Testosterone replacement drug bellwether OK to proceed vs Testim maker Auxilium

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 24, 2017, 4:44pm

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.

Judge scolds plaintiffs' firm for 'playing gotcha' in imperiled junk fax class action

Scott Holland Oct. 23, 2017, 8:18pm

A federal judge has taken to task a Chicago law firm for attempting to intervene in an endangered junk fax class action lawsuit, saying a motion the lawyers filed amounted to little more than an attempt to play “gotcha” games with the defendants in the case and the law.

Chicago Public Building Commission settles RICO suit vs driller over treatment of subs for $1.35M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 23, 2017, 5:44pm

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

Kacie Whaley Oct. 20, 2017, 6:00pm

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

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2017, 11:05am

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.

Juvenile inmates OK to continue some of their lawsuit over filming of 'Empire' in Cook detention center

Scott Holland Oct. 19, 2017, 7:33pm

A federal judge is allowing juvenile inmates to continue part of their lawsuit over filming of the television show “Empire” at a Cook County detention center.

Settlement announced in price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers could get $40M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 19, 2017, 6:24pm

A federal judge has been asked to sign off on a $295 million settlement deal, intended to end a class action accusing Stericycle of improperly hiking prices for its smaller customers. Lawyers for the plaintiffs could receive as much as $40 million in fees under the deal.

Appeals court says union benefits plans can't sue Abbott Labs for overreaching promotion of Depakote

Dan Churney Oct. 18, 2017, 6:55pm

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.