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Surveys: Class action lawsuits up again in 2018; Settlements down $1B, but businesses spent $2.4B to defend

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 18, 2019

Businesses in Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. faced a growing challenge from class action lawsuits in 2018, and that number is only expected to grow, as plaintiffs’ lawyers continue to open new avenues to bring potentially massive legal actions, two recent surveys have found.

Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

Legislation in Springfield could bring relief to employers and others facing potentially ruinous lawsuits over nothing more than requiring employees to scan fingerprints when punching in and out work shifts.

Judge: Union doesn't get to force IL public worker retirement funds to factor politics into investment decisions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 21, 2019

A federal judge has rejected the attempt by a union to win a court order requiring a pension fund for Illinois local governmental workers to take the political views of companies into consideration when investing public pension funds, as the judge said the Illinois Municipal Retirement Funds’ current practices don’t violate the First Amendment rights of union members.

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