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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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.

Legal fight over Kane County's Longmeadow bridge project, endangered bumblebees 'unique' case

An ongoing legal fight between west suburban Kane County and a group of activists purportedly concerned over the threat to a bumblebee species recently listed as endangered, from a new road and Fox River bridge project presents an "unique and interesting" case, says an attorney who helps lead the Center for Biological Diversity.

Man says Progressive Financial misrepresented creditor during debt collection

A man is suing Progressive Financial Services Inc., a debt collector, citing alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Scottsdale Insurance Company seeks to not compensate policyholders for fatal accident

An insurance company is suing Polo Masonry Builders Inc., Jenny Builders Inc. and Antonia Lopez, special administrator of the estate of Roman Iatsyshyn, to avoid defending or compensating them after one of the defendants' employees suffered a fatal injury on the job.

Illinois Bible colleges appeal to Seventh Circuit for right to issue degrees

A group of Illinois Bible colleges and allied groups are aiming to persuade a federal appeals court that religious colleges should not need a state seal to offer a degree.

Pro-life pregnancy centers, doctors challenge IL mandatory abortion referral rules

A group of Illinois’ pro-life pregnancy centers and an obstetrical practice have filed a complaint about the state’s new mandatory referral rules, arguing the law forces “them to speak a message contrary to their mission.” 

Federal appeals court: PF Chang's can be sued over potential ID theft from data breach

A Chicago federal appeals panel has given the P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain a case of legal indigestion, by reversing a district court’s dismissal of a class action suit brought by two diners, who claimed they were vulnerable to identity theft, because the chain’s allegedly poor data security allowed hackers to obtain diners’ debit and credit card information.

Servers, other tipped staff allege P.F. Chang's shorted them pay

Servers and other tipped restaurant workers have sued P.F. Chang’s in federal court, claiming the casual Asian restaurant chain didn’t pay them what was required by wage laws.