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DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Judge: Settlement talks begun in mass action vs Abbvie, others over Androgel, testosterone drugs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 10, 2018

A federal judge has put a hold on any further proceedings in the massive, years-long nationwide legal action against Abbvie and other makers of so-called testosterone replacement therapy drugs, saying he wants to give both sides time to complete a potential settlement drug to permanently end the litigation.

Judge orders new trial, tosses $140M verdict vs AbbVie over Androgel testosterone drug

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 5, 2018

A federal judge has knocked down a $140 million verdict against pharmaceutical maker AbbVie, ordering a new trial over a man’s claims AbbVie’s Androgel testosterone replacement therapy drug caused him to suffer a heart attack.

Judge trims out-of-state claims from class action vs Nature's Way over 'Made in USA' labeling

By John Revak | Nov 29, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has trimmed a class action lawsuit accusing nutritional supplement maker Nature's Way of fraud in marketing certain of its supplements as "Made in the USA," when at least one of the supplement's ingredients allegedly comes from overseas.

Drug maker AbbVie wants to slip from $140M verdict, says jury ignored evidence

By Dan Churney | Nov 6, 2017

North Chicago-based drug company AbbVie is urging a federal judge to trash a verdict ordering it to cough up $140 million, because its testosterone therapy drug AndroGel contributed to a man's heart attack, contending it has no liability because AndroGel was approved by the FDA.

Jury: Abbvie falsely marketed Androgel, owes man who suffered heart attack $140M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 5, 2017

Drugmaker Abbvie has suffered another big loss in court, as a Chicago federal jury has ordered the North Chicago-based pharmaceutical company to pay out $140 million to another man who claimed he had suffered a heart attack as a result of taking Abbvie’s testosterone therapy drug, Androgel.

Appeals panel: State agencies can't hire own lawyers when disagree with Atty Gen's legal strategies

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 23, 2017

A state appeals panel has refused to allow a state agency, under the supervision of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, to hire its own legal representation amid a conflict with Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan over legal strategy in defending against workers compensation claims brought by an independent personal assistant for those with disabilities who claimed she should be treated as a state employee after the state empowered a union to represent her.

Label or Liability: Case law could lead to short shelf life for $3M Paxil 'innovator liability' verdict

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Jun 13, 2017

A Chicago federal jury shocked many observers by ordering drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of lawyer Stewart Dolin, who committed suicide in 2010 after taking a generic version of GSK's antidepressant Paxil. But legal observers believe the decision may have a short shelf life, as it could defy decades of case law on the concept of innovator liability.

Wellpet wins dismissal of lawsuit claiming 'Made in USA' dog food label was misleading

By Scott Holland | Apr 26, 2017

A federal judge agreed pet food maker Wellpet doesn’t have to be subjected to a lawsuit accusing it of misleading the public in claiming its ingredients were “Made in the USA,” even though some vitamins and minerals came from overseas.

Jury: Trucking companies not to blame for drinking water contamination in Sauk Village

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 18, 2017

A federal jury has ruled two trucking companies are not liable for drinking water contamination in suburban Sauk Village, granting a win to their firms in their court battle with the village, which had contended the trucking companies spilled cancer-causing chemicals into the groundwater the village pumps from its wells into the homes and businesses connected to its water system.

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.

Federal judge expands power of 'Special Master' to review state agency political hiring practices

By Scott Holland | Nov 30, 2016

More than two years into an investigation of hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a federal judge has expanded the power of the review panel to cover all other state agencies under the oversight of Illinois' governor.

Social service providers sue Rauner for vetoing appropriations, demand state pay $100 million

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 4, 2016

A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.

State high court says arbitrator can't order union pay raises unless lawmakers provide the money

By Scott Holland | Mar 24, 2016

The Illinois State Supreme Court has sided with the state in determining an arbitrator cannot order the governor to increase union pay if lawmakers have not yet authorized the spending.

Interest rate swaps class action vs big banks could draw in 'tens of thousands' of public bodies with billions at stake

By Scott Holland | Feb 19, 2016

Two Mississippi and Alabama hospitals and the county that includes the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., have squared off in Chicago federal court with many of the country’s biggest financial institutions over so-called interest rate swaps — an issue now impacting governments and other public bodies throughout the country, including Chicago’s public schools system.

Class actions say Purina, Wellpet brand 'made in USA' dog foods actually aren't

By Scott Holland | Feb 2, 2016

A woman and dog owner from west central Illinois has brought class action lawsuits against two dog food makers, alleging their kibble, while marketed as “made in the USA,” actually includes ingredients sourced from outside the U.S., placing American dogs at risk and violating state consumer fraud laws.

Governor can't exempt Pollution Control workers from collective bargaining, appeals panel says

By Scott Holland | Jan 22, 2016

He hasn’t been Illinois’ governor for more than a year, but some of Pat Quinn’s actions are still being weighed by Illinois’ courts. On Jan. 19, a state appellate court overturned the administrative decision of the Illinois Labor Relations Board to uphold Quinn’s exemption of certain Pollution Control Board employees from collective bargaining.

State hits driver accused of striking highway patrol car with suit seeking $75K-plus

By Annie Cosby | Oct 21, 2014

The state is suing the driver of a vehicle it claims hit an Illinois State Police patrol car parked on Interstate Highway 55, injuring the trooper sitting inside.

Panel: administrative law judges for the Illinois Commerce Commission are barred from collective bargaining

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 24, 2014

Eight administrative law judges for the Illinois Commerce Commission will not be allowed to unionize after a state appeals court determined the power they hold to influence the ICC and shape its policies – if not set the policies outright - means they qualify as management under labor laws.

Smith Maintenance Co. sued over slip and fall at Thompson Center

By Joel Brakken | Jan 9, 2014

A woman is seeking damages over claims she slipped and fell on a greasy floor.

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