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

Wolfgang Puck asks court to reduce heat in trademark fight over 'The Kitchen'

By Scott Holland | Feb 27, 2017

A celebrity chef has asked a federal court to turn down the heat brought by a competing restaurant group cooking up a legal storm over whether they can legally stake a trademark claim to “the kitchen.”  Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc. filed a complaint Feb. 24 in Chicago in hopes of preventing The Kitchen Café LLC  from asserting protectable trademark rights over the term “The Kitchen.”

Attorney says $20 million settlement in Chicago red light camera bribery scandal seems low

By Jireh Gibson | Feb 24, 2017

A former red light camera vendor for the city of Chicago has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a $2 million bribery scandal. But the amount of the settlement has raised eyebrows, particularly from the former executive at the vendor company who brought the lawsuit against his former employer on behalf of the city.

New whistleblower suit signals arrival of litigation under new federal food safety rules

By Laura Halleman | Feb 23, 2017

Less than a year after federal regulators established new rules under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a whistleblower suit has been filed by an employee of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, potentially signaling more attention for that company and others under the FSMA.

Church wins OK to continue to jury with claims Burbank discriminated by denying permit for sanctuary

By Scott Holland | Feb 23, 2017

A church will be allowed to press its claim that a southwest suburban Cook County government owes it some money for allegedly discriminating against the congregation and torpedoing the church’s deal in place to buy land for a new sanctuary. 

Judge: Comcast 'refusal to deal' on local TV ad sales not 'anticompetitive'; Viamedia to continue suit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 23, 2017

Comcast has not violated federal anti-monopoly law by refusing to allow the competitor of one of its subsidiary companies to act as a middleman on the sale of local cable advertising, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge: Feds can keep lock on online credit report biz over Craigslist rental ads fraud charges

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 22, 2017

A federal judge in Chicago has decided to allow federal regulators to continue to lock down an online company accused of working with others who listed fake rental properties on Craigslist to dupe customers into signing up for a credit monitoring service.

Judge: Class action OK vs Stericycle over medical waste disposal billing fraud accusations

By Scott Holland | Feb 21, 2017

A federal judge has cleared the way for a nationwide class action to proceed against Stericycle over allegations the Lake Forest-based regulated waste disposal giant for years used an automatic price-increasing scheme to defraud customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

$9.3M deal to end Rustoleum deck products action; attorneys asking $3.1M, homeowners could get hundreds

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 17, 2017

Attorneys for a class of potentially tens of thousands of homeowners and others whose wooden decks and patios were allegedly damaged by Rustoleum’s “Restore” products have asked a federal judge to grant final approval to a $9.3 million settlement with the company – a deal which could generate payments of potentially hundreds of dollars for some homeowners and more than $3.1 million for the attorneys who pressed the lawsuit.

Class action accuses Epatients.com of sending unsolicited fax ads

By Louie Torres | Feb 17, 2017

A physician has filed a class action lawsuit against Epatients.com Inc. and 10 John Does, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Thankfully Living Christian LLC accused of violating overtime pay rules

By Louie Torres | Feb 17, 2017

Three former employees have filed a class action lawsuit against landscaping company Thankfully Living Christian LLC and David Trotter, alleging violation of wage laws.

Attorney Monica Ribbeck accused of legal malpractice in connection with airliner crash lawsuit

By Louie Torres | Feb 17, 2017

Three people are suing attorney Monica Ribbeck, alleging legal malpractice in connection with an airliner crash.

Attorney fees clipped, class awards tripled under new deal to end Southwest drink voucher class action

By Dee Thompson | Feb 16, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has ended a long-running lawsuit involving Southwest Airlines premium drink coupons, after Southwest agreed to give members of the class triple damages and attorneys for the plaintiffs agreed to reduce their demand for fees by $200,000.

Judge tosses class action vs CVS over 'Made in USA' vitamin C drops, for now

By D.M. Herra | Feb 15, 2017

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy in which a Cook County man claimed the company’s vitamin C drops were falsely labeled “Made in the U.S.A," but left open the door for him to potentially take another try at continuing a class action against the drugstore chain.

Judge rejects ex-Gov. Quinn's lawsuit challenging power of Chicago mayor to appoint school board

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 14, 2017

Saying nothing in federal law entitles Chicago residents to a right to an elected school board, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of plaintiffs, including parents of Chicago Public Schools students and former Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, who had asked the court to side with their contentions that a state law granting the mayor of Chicago the power to appoint members of the Chicago Board of Education was discriminatory and violated their voting rights.

Repeated automated debt collection calls are a 'concrete injury' under Spokeo, federal law, judge says

By Dan Churney | Feb 14, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit, brought by a woman against a debt collection company, ruling the woman could have suffered a “concrete” harm when the company allegedly violated the federal Telephone Consumers Protection Act, by repeatedly phoning her after she told them to stop. 

Chicago federal courts busy with labor litigation in 2016, but less than NY, California

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 13, 2017

Chicago’s federal courts again were a busy place for employers facing lawsuits in 2016, according to court data and a survey published by one of the nation’s top employment and labor law firms. However, the survey from Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw LLP found Chicago’s courts are still outpaced by courts in New York and California in some categories, perhaps most notably the number of class action certifications.

Wheeling manufacturer seeks court declarations in dispute with foreign company

By Louie Torres | Feb 10, 2017

A Wheeling-based manufacturing company is suing Rushserve Ltd., a company based in the United Kingdom, seeking a series of declaratory judgments.

Attorney fees in Johnson & Johnson baby bath products settlement raise eyebrows but spur no action

By Tabitha Fleming | Feb 3, 2017

A class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that resulted in a $5 million settlement, including $1.5 million dollars in attorney fees, has raised questions of fairness, but not enough to persuade one class action settlement watchdog organization to get involved.

Class action says texting 'Y' not enough, AMC needed to get written consent before texting customers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 2, 2017

Cinema chain AMC has been hit with a class lawsuit claiming the theater company wrongly added people to marketing lists to send them text messages promoting upcoming movies and encouraging other purchases.

Company that sells advertising to Uber, Lyft passengers sues Chicago, says tilted city rules favor taxis

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 2, 2017

A Minneapolis-based tech firm which provides interactive video advertising to be displayed in Uber and Lyft vehicles has sued the city of Chicago, saying the city’s rules forbidding the ride-hailing services from displaying advertising on or in their vehicles, while allowing traditional taxis to do so, unconstitutionally favors the taxis at the expense of the other drivers.

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