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Judge guts Edelson's suit vs Bandas; 'meritless' class action objections for payoff 'bad faith,' not racketeering

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 7, 2018

While agreeing their conduct and tactics were “in bad faith” and “inconsistent” with legal ethics, a federal judge has refused to let a prominent Chicago class action trial law firm continue with a class action lawsuit accusing a rival firm of racketeering for acting as “professional objectors” bent on extorting payoffs, as the judge said letting the case go forward would leave parties involved in other lawsuits rightly worried about getting tagged with similar racketeering actions over legitimate negotiating tactics and maneuvers.

Judge: IL law doesn't force Zillow to get appraisers' license to publish online home value 'zestimates'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 24, 2017

Saying the plaintiffs are asking the court to misread and misapply an Illinois state law, a Chicago federal judge has crashed a class action lawsuit against Zillow, which had accused the operators of the real estate website of essentially appraising property without a license, and then using their online home value estimate tool as a marketing ploy to drive business by hampering home sellers’ efforts to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.

Zillow: 'Zestimates' constitutionally protected opinions, no appraisers license needed to publish

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 28, 2017

Comparing their “zestimates” – proprietary online estimates of homes’ values – to editorials published by newspapers or ratings and reviews of various products and services published in print and online, the operators of real estate website Zillow have asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a north suburban lawyer and the owners of a Schaumburg-based home development company accusing Zillow of improperly hampering their efforts to sell their homes for what the plaintiffs believe they are worth.

Flood of RICO countersuits could follow Edelson class action vs 'serial objectors,' Bandas firm warns

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 12, 2017

The courts could risk a flood of new litigation, which could chill efforts to object to future class action settlements, if a judge allows prominent Chicago class action trial law firm Edelson P.C. to continue with a class action lawsuit accusing rival Bandas Law Firm and others, of racketeering for acting as “professional objectors,” bent on extorting payoffs, according to a motion filed by Bandas.

Edelson says Bandas, others, conspiring to 'serially object' to class action settlements, extort payoffs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 5, 2016

A prominent Chicago class action law firm and prolific filer of class action lawsuits against a diverse array of businesses has aimed its latest class action lawsuit against a Texas law firm and other alleged co-conspirators it accuses of engaging in a pattern of racketeering and extortion as “professional objectors,” who use the law to extract payoffs, often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, in exchange for withdrawing objections holding up the completion of class action settlement paymen

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