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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.

Christian colleges don't have implicit constitutional right to award degrees free of state regulation, judge says

The First Amendment does not shield Christian colleges from state authority to regulate degree-awarding higher educational institutions, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge tosses garbage haulers' $24 million discrimination lawsuit vs Chicago, Allied Waste

A federal judge has tossed out a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by the African-American owners of a garbage hauling company, who had alleged Chicago city officials and representatives of two other waste haulers had conspired to lock their smaller, minority-owned rival out of the city’s waste hauling business, saying the small business owners had not offered nearly enough evidence to back their assertions.

Prior class action settlements doom fresh class action attempt vs maker of Oscillo

A federal judge has denied class certification in a lawsuit against the maker of a homeopathic flu remedy, but is permitting the man who filed the suit to proceed with his claim for individual relief. Plaintiff Chad Conrad sued Boiron Inc. and Boiron USA Inc., manufacturer of a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum, sold under the name Oscillo.

African-American owners of trash hauling biz say city, Allied Waste conspired to hurt their business, sue for $24 million

A garbage hauling company owned by African-Americans has sued the city of Chicago, Allied Waste and the Teamsters, among others, for $24 million, alleging the defendants conspired to thwart the ability of the minority-owned company to bid on the city’s garbage hauling contract. On Oct. 1, Linda and Jesse McGee, owners of Linda Construction Inc. (LCI), based on Chicago’s South Side, filed a complaint in federal court in Chicago.