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Judge trips legal secretary’s discrimination suit v. Winston Strawn, says case doesn’t have ‘leg to stand on’

By Dan Churney | Jul 16, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit by a legal secretary at the Chicago firm of Winston & Strawn, who alleged harassment by fellow employees aggravated her epilepsy, finding part of the suit was barred by statute of limitations and the rest by a faulty “chain of logic.”

PETA: Brookfield Zoo operators should be subject to FOIA, turn over info regarding stingray deaths

By Scott Holland | Jul 16, 2018

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing the Cook County Forest Preserve District in hopes of using the Freedom of Information Act to force the Chicago Zoological Society to turn over documents regarding the deaths of dozens of stingrays at the Brookfield Zoo.

LifeTime Fitness settles ex-trainers' wages, whistleblower class action for $700K; lawyers to get $245K

By DM Herra | Jul 9, 2018

LifeTime Fitness has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a class action brought by a group of former trainers who sued the fitness chain over back wages and claims the company violated whistleblower laws.

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.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Edelson: Defense firm Johnson & Bell's defamation action an improper SLAPP suit

By Dan Churney | Jul 3, 2018

Chicago lawyer Jay Edelson, known for pursuing digital privacy and technology class actions, is alleging the Johnson & Bell law firm is trying to throttle his right to speak publicly about a case involving both parties as adversaries, with a groundless SLAPP defamation lawsuit against his firm in Cook County court.

SCOTUS takes Merck's Fosamax appeal, could boost GSK's appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 3, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to wade into the contentious question over whether a pharmaceutical company can be held liable for failing to warn consumers and doctors of a drug’s potential effects, potentially portending significant implications for a $3 million verdict a jury awarded to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide in the Loop after taking the generic version of an antidepressant drug.

Appeals panel: IL law nixes Chicago Joe's Tea Room try to force open Broadview strip club

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 29, 2018

A group of investors – most of whom have remained concealed by what judges called an “obscure trail of contracts, trusts, and illusory commitments” – seeking to open a strip club in Broadview have suffered another setback as they try to force the suburban community to grant them the permit they need to open the establishment, in a ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

WILSON ELSER MOSKOWITZ EDELMAN & DICKER: Colorado’s Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act Restricts Enforceability of Indemnity Provisions

By Press release submission | Jun 25, 2018

On May 30, 2018, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 18-062, referred to as the “Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act” (the Act), codified at C.R.S. § 13-21-129.

BAKER MCKENZIE LLP: Baker McKenzie Link Launches GDPR E-learning for Organization-wide Training

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Jun 22, 2018

The online legal information and training provider, Baker McKenzie Link, has launched a new e-learning program that focusses on the GDPR and global data privacy ahead of the GDPR enforcement deadline.

FOX ROTHSCHILD: Fox’s Carolyn Richmond Named Among the ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’

By Press release submission | Jun 22, 2018

Fox Rothschild congratulates Carolyn D. Richmond, who was named among 2018’s “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” by Human Resource Executive magazine.

Court denies Ameriprise motion to dismiss or transfer Allstate client-poaching case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 22, 2018

Allstate can continue its lawsuit against Ameriprise Financial Services for violating federal trade secrets protection law by allegedly recruiting Allstate's current and former financial specialists to use their knowledge to steal Allstate's customers.

Woman blames baby's death on Uber after she was rear-ended by Uber driver

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 22, 2018

The mother of a stillborn baby is suing Uber and an Uber driver, citing alleged negligent driving that resulted in injuries and the death of her baby.

Passenger claims Lyft driver assaulted him for speed complaint

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 22, 2018

A passenger is suing ride-sharing company Lyft and a driver, citing alleged assault and negligence.

Visa, Aldi squabble over demand for documents showing Aldi's decision to take credit cards didn't hurt

By Dan Churney | Jun 22, 2018

Mired in a long-running anti-trust class action brought by millions of merchants who seek billions of dollars in connection with credit card processing fees, Visa wants the Aldi food store chain, which several months ago adopted a policy accepting cards from customers, to turn over documents that will presumably show Aldi freely chose to honor Visa cards, despite allegations Visa tried to throttle competition.

Judicial regulators move to remove Cook judge convicted of fraud, block $192K salary

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 19, 2018

About a month after a Cook County judge convicted by a jury of bank fraud filed papers to seek reelection, state judicial disciplinary officials have launched the process to remove her from the bench and prevent her from continuing to collect her more than $190,000 a year salary.

From Legal Newsline

Chicago asks judge to toss HomeAway's lawsuit over housing ordinance

By Charmaine Little | Jun 14, 2018

The City of Chicago has requested the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the Eastern Division dismiss a case that alleges one of its regulations favors Airbnb against competitor, HomeAway.com Inc.

Judge reduces attorneys' fees by $1.6M in Akorn shareholder litigation; lawyers still get $6M

By Dan Churney | Jun 12, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has reduced how much of the nut plaintiff lawyers get from a class action settlement they arranged between suburban-based Akorn Pharmaceuticals and disgruntled investors, which alleged Akorn officials hoodwinked investors, ruling the lawyers receive $1.6 million less than they wanted, because they were not as far out on a limb as they claimed.

Speedway worker fingerprint scan lawsuit heads back to Cook County court; Judge: No harm to plaintiff

By DM Herra | Jun 8, 2018

A lawsuit that claims Speedway gas stations didn’t follow state law in collecting employee fingerprints is back in state court, after a federal district court denied Speedway’s motion to dismiss - while at the same time agreeing that the plaintiff suffered no injury.

From Legal Newsline

Art imitates life: 'Billions' describes six-figure, part-time jobs on asbestos trusts

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 7, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The third season of the wildly popular show "Billions" premiered in March with a mention of an oddly arcane subject: asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The dialogue coming out of the mouth of prosecutor Chuck Rhodes, played by Paul Giamatti, becomes a little less mysterious when you look at who wrote it, however.

From Legal Newsline

No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

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