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Suburbs' lawyers: Cities' suit vs opioid makers, distributors belongs in Cook court, not federal 'black hole'

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

Attorneys for a group of Illinois municipalities are fighting an attempt to combine their lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors with a mass of similar litigation already pending in Cleveland federal court.

More Cook County towns sue over opioids; Edelson again includes doctors to keep court action local

By Dan Churney | Jul 26, 2018

Another group of Cook County communities have launched a lawsuit, which they want to stay in Cook County rather than federal court, against a number of opioid makers, distributors and doctors, alleging they pushed prescription opioids on the public despite knowing the drugs were dangerously addictive.

Mandatory e-filing in place in all but three counties in Illinois, Cook live this month

By John Breslin | Jul 18, 2018

Mandatory court e-filing for all civil cases is operational in all but three Illinois counties, according to a representative of the company charged with introducing the system.

U.S. appeals panel lets lawsuit reform advocate Ted Frank explore possible class action 'objector blackmail'

By Dan Churney | Jun 29, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court is giving a lawsuit watchdog group a chance to show whether attorneys for three objectors to a $9 million class action settlement allegedly tried to squeeze extra money for themselves from the settlement by lodging objections on behalf of their clients.

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch says Arizona second-hand asbestos exposure ruling could have impacts elsewhere

By Kyla Asbury | May 31, 2018

A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that found that companies should not be held liable for damages related to second-hand asbestos exposure is “common sense” and could affect similar cases in other states, according to Travis Akin, the executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch.

Cook suburbs join together to sue opioid makers; doctors added as defendants to keep case out of federal court

By Scott Holland | May 23, 2018

Ten Cook County suburbs have sued opioid makers in connection with what they allege is widespread drug abuse and overdoses from so-called opioid prescription painkillers. And in a bid to ensure their lawsuit doesn’t get shipped off to a Cleveland federal court to be consolidated with the bulk of the opioid litigation pending in U.S. courts, the plaintiffs have also tacked on as defendants three doctors they accused of operating a “pill mill.”

Class action suit says drug companies caused opioid crisis, heightened insurance costs

By Dan Churney | May 7, 2018

A Chicago class-action lawyer has filed a 97-page lawsuit in Chicago federal court against 13 drug companies and distributors, on behalf of a woman who alleges the companies promoted opioid use, knowing such painkillers were dangerously addictive, jacking up people's health insurance costs.

Verdict much lower, but AbbVie wants $3.2M award tossed in second testosterone class action test trial

By Dan Churney | Apr 30, 2018

North Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie is resisting what it is calling a jury's “confused and inconsistent” $3.2 million verdict, after the company lost a second trial in Chicago federal court – one in which it was ordered to pay $147 million less than the first trial – over a man’s claims AbbVie allegedly failed to warn its product AndroGel could bring on a heart attack.

Jury in second trial: Abbvie owes $3.2M to man who claims Androgel caused heart attack

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 26, 2018

About three months after a federal judge threw out a jury’s $150 million verdict and ordered a new trial in the case, a new jury in Chicago has ordered drugmaker Abbvie to pay about $3.2 million to a man who claimed Abbvie’s drug Androgel had caused him to suffer a heart attack.

Appeals court: Insurer not required to defend contractor vs sub's injury claim, despite sub agreement

By Justin Stoltzfus | Feb 21, 2018

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that an insurance company is not required to defend a contractor from legal action taken against it by an injured construction worker, despite an agreement between the contractor and subcontractor declaring the sub would acquire such coverage.

Viad Corp., others allegedly allowed employee to drive forklift negligently

By Louie Torres | Feb 2, 2018

An individual is suing Viad Corp., doing business as GES, GES Exposition Services Inc. and/or Global Experience Specialist for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Jury declares Abbvie's Androgel didn't cause man's lung clots, Abbvie didn't falsely market medication

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 26, 2018

After split verdicts in two prior trials over alleged harmful side effects and alleged misleading marketing of its testosterone replacement drug led to questionable verdicts worth more than $140 million each, drugmaker Abbvie has scored a clean win in the latest jury review of a plaintiff’s claims over the promotion and health impacts of Androgel.

Southeastern US grocery chain joins court fight vs chicken producers over alleged price collusion

By Scott Holland | Jan 19, 2018

A major grocery chain is the latest company to allege leading poultry producers manipulated chicken prices. Bi-Lo Holdings LLC, which also operates Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., filed a complaint Jan. 12 in federal court in Chicago, alleging producers and related businesses “conspired and combined to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the price of” broiler chickens, which constitute roughly 98 percent of all chicken meat sold in the United States.

Judge tosses $150M verdict vs AbbVie, orders new trial on 'false marketing' of Androgel claims

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 22, 2017

Saying the jury’s findings were too conflicting and inconsistent to unravel in a post-trial motion, a Chicago federal judge has instead ordered a new trial, tossing out that jury’s verdict ordering drugmaker AbbVie to pay $150 million to a man who claimed AbbVie’s promotion of its testosterone therapy drug, Androgel, led his doctor to prescribe it to him, allegedly later resulting in a heart attack.

Judge cans fraud class action vs PetSmart, Hill's Pet Nutrition over prescription cat food prices

By Jireh Gibson | Dec 20, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has canned a class action consumer fraud lawsuit against PetSmart and Hill's Pet Nutrition, claiming the retailer and pet food maker unfairly marked up prescription cat food.

Auto Trans Group Inc., others accused of breach of contract

By Louie Torres | Oct 18, 2017

Wells Fargo is suing Auto Trans Group Inc., Violet Mihaylova and Agatanor Trucking Inc. for alleged breach of contract.

Judge OKs $4.5M deal to end class action over Instaflex supplement marketing; lawyers get $1.5M

By Scott Holland | Sep 8, 2017

A federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a $4.5 million settlement in a class action regarding the effectiveness of dietary supplement Instaflex, with attorneys slated to receive nearly $1.5 million of the fund.

Circle K, Jewel, Subway added to list of shops sued over collection of Cook County's 'pop tax'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 23, 2017

Add three more retailers and restaurants to the list of those targeted by lawsuits over the collection of Cook County’s so-called “pop tax,” as new plaintiffs have brought actions against Circle K convenience stores, Jewel food stores and Subway restaurants operating in and around Chicago.

Judge won't budge on $283M penalty assessed vs Dish Network over 3rd-party telemarketer misdeeds

By Dan Churney | Aug 16, 2017

A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.

District court judge grants win to Comcast, other pay TV service providers in channel menu patent case

By Chandra Lye | Jun 30, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has granted pay TV services, including Comcast, a reprieve from a patent infringement lawsuit over the companies' use of on-screen channel scrolling guides and menus.

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