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Cook County judge asked to nix deal to ease path forward for fellow judge's $2M fee request in 18-year-old lawsuit
One Cook County judge sits in the position to potentially award another Cook County judge millions of dollars in attorney fees for the other judge’s prior legal work on an 18-year-old case. Now, a group of business partners have asked the judge to reject a deal they say would allow attorneys suing them to sidestep a court order giving the partners access to the information they need to challenge the other judge’s windfall fee request.
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Judge says won't let opioid defendants use slow federal process to 'avoid litigating' opioid claims in IL court
The Illinois Public Risk Fund, an organization which helps Illinois local governments pool their workers' compensation insurance, and its lawyers from Edelson P.C., has won the chance to sidestep the federal courts’ “black hole” as it pursues its own legal claims against the makers and distributors of so-called opioid painkillers.
Judge: State constitution doesn't force Cook County to spend $250M more on roads, transport projects
Saying the state’s newest constitutional amendment doesn’t reduce Cook County’s home rule powers to tax and spend, a Cook County judge has rejected a bid by a coalition of road building contractors and others to force the county to spend $250 million more on transportation projects.
Appeals panel: $15M fees not too big for lawyers behind $76M Caribbean cruise telemarketing settlement
A federal appeals panel will allow a group of Chicago lawyers to keep their potential $15 million to $18 million payday for their work in securing a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and others accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask telemarketing calls, as judges said the size of the fee award doesn’t necessarily mean it is too large.
With about a quarter of a billion dollars on the line in what the county calls a “test case” that could affect cities and counties across Illinois, Cook County has squared off in court against a coalition of trade groups representing road builders, as the two sides have asked a judge to decide whether a new Illinois state constitutional amendment negates the county’s authority to decide how to apportion its transportation tax dollars.
Attorneys who bagged millions of dollars in fees from a $56-$75 million class action settlement in Chicago federal court against a cruise line and others accused of making illegal telemarketing calls, are alleging the defendants are trying now to sabotage the settlement by using bogus grounds to challenge 45,000 of 58,000 claims submitted.
Road contractors' coalition asks court to order Cook County to free up $250M for transportaton projects
A coalition of trade groups representing road building contractors have sued Cook County, asking a judge to order the county to spend more money on maintaining and improving its roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, because the county, the lawsuit says, has detoured nearly $250 million that the groups assert should have been spent only on transportation projects.
A Colorado marijuana dispensary is suing ChargePass, Vouchera LLC, Potential LLC and THC Merchant Services LLC for alleged breach of contract and fraud for refusing to release $134,000 in owed credit card payments.
Judge OKs at least $15M for plaintiff lawyers under Caribbean cruise telemarketing class action deal
A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an award of more than $15 million – and potentially, as much as $18.9 million – in attorney fees for lawyers who secured a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and other associated companies accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask illegal telemarketing calls.
Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action
A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.”