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Former line cook says Fisherman's Island failed to pay overtime wages

A former employee has filed a class-action suit against Fisherman's Island and Mahmod Abughoush, alleging violation of Workers' Compensation acts.

BDP International claims competitor adopted nearly identical business name

A Pennsylvania-based logistics firm is suing BDP International Enterprises Inc., based in Orland Park, and owner Brandon Pennington, alleging unfair competition.

Judge: Driver has established enough potential unpaid OT to allow class action vs taxi dispatcher

A driver’s class action complaint, accusing a taxi dispatcher of not paying him and other drivers like him overtime and wrongly deducting from their pay, will be allowed to proceed after a federal judge refused to fully dismiss the action.

Man alleges Cigna wrongfully denied his right to life insurance benefits

A man is suing Cigna Group Insurance, alleging breach of contract.

GSK asks for new trial over claims its anti-depressant labeling contributed to lawyer's suicide

Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline is trying to get out from under a $3 million jury judgment, which blamed it for a Chicago lawyer’s suicide, saying a federal judge made multiple mistakes that hamstrung the manufacturer’s defense against the claim its labels failed to warn its anti-depressant drug Paxil and its generic equivalent can lead to suicide.

Judge OKs $5.2M settlement for banks vs Kmart over data breach; $1.7M to lawyers

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $5.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit by financial companies against Kmart over a data breach, including $1.7 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Junk fax ad suit allowed to proceed vs Onsite Health, after judge said fax wasn't 'merely informational'

A federal judge has kept alive a home health company's junk fax lawsuit against a medical practice, saying a fax sent by the practice announcing the arrival of a new physician was, in fact, an advertisement, and not merely an "informational" message.

Court dismisses application to require arbitration with consumer in collection case

A creditor's attempt to compel arbitration in a credit card collection case has been dismissed by a Chicago federal judge, after the judge agreed there were questions in whether the borrower had actually agreed to be bound to pursue her claims through arbitration.

Cook County, sheriff alleged liable for employee's early retirement

A man is suing Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, Cook County and human resources administrator Wyola, alleging discrimination, retaliation and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Man claims Bedford Park brewery failed to pay back loan

A man is suing 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Inc., of Bedford Park, citing alleged breach of contract for failing to make good on a loan.

Duracell claims distributor engaged in 'gray market' sales of its batteries

Chicago-based Duracell is suing JRS Ventures Inc., a Missouri corporation, citing alleged unfair competition for its distribution practices.

Judge breaks up janitors' wage class action vs O'Hare cleaning contractor Scrub Inc.

A federal judge has broken up a class action involving hundreds of airport janitors who had accused cleaning contractor Scrub Inc. of shorting them pay, as the judge said the only thing the janitors truly had in common is that they all worked at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Rival vacuum makers square off in court again over false advertising claims

New England vacuum cleaner company SharkNinja has scored a win in its case against Dyson Inc. over advertising claims, after a Chicago federal judge partially granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment.

Supreme Court decision puts dent in 'patent troll' cases, may put companies on defense in Chicago court

A decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday concerning patent infringement lawsuits will have a “profound impact” on so-called patent trolls, and changes jurisdictional considerations for federal courts across the country, says an intellectual property expert.

Former Diamand's Family Restaurant employee alleges unpaid wages

An employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against Diamand's Family Restaurant Inc., George Diamantopoulos, Jim Diamantopoulos and Panagiotis Diamantopoulos, citing alleged unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law and violation of Workers' Compensation acts.

Magnatek claims Travelers Indemnity Company wrongfully denied claim

A Wisconsin-based manufacturer is suing The Travelers Indemnity Company and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company, formerly known as The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, alleging breach of contract and breach of duty.

Judge refuses class action vs lawyers, IT vendor accused of using crash reports to drum up business

Saying plaintiffs would be hard pressed to demonstrate precisely how otherwise-protected information may have ended up on police vehicle crash reports, a Chicago federal judge has refused to allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against St. Louis-based personal injury firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, accused of purchasing traffic crash reports and using personal information from those reports to solicit business from potential clients.

Medicare contractor's new rule for nurse anesthetists could hurt Medicare patients in dozen states

New payment rules effectively leave nurse anesthetists unable to be paid for care rendered to Medicare patients in a dozen states, according to a lawsuit brought by a nursing industry association, and the group says this could mean beneficiaries in those states may be forced to turn to self-medication to treat chronic pain.

VRBO operator HomeAway challenges Chicago short-term rentals rules, says favor Airbnb

Short-term home rentals company HomeAway, which operates VRBO and other short-term home rentals listings sites, has sued the city of Chicago over its ordinance regulating such businesses, asserting the young policy that’s already been challenged several times in court is indecipherable to home renters and the listing services, and has the effect of favoring Airbnb, VRBO’s largest competitor.

Federal judge scrambles Koch Foods’ dismissal motion in suit claiming chicken catchers not properly paid

Suburban-based poultry wholesaler Koch Foods has laid an egg in Chicago federal court, with its failed motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by former chicken handlers, who claim the company failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime.