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Airbnb can't be sued for apartment tenants' listings that violate leases, bring in disruptive guests: Judge

A Cook County judge has shut the door on an attempt by the owner of a luxury high-rise apartment building in Chicago’s Theater District to make Airbnb pay for allowing tenants to use the online short-term vacation rental platform to find tourists willing to sublet their apartments, which, the apartment building owners said, violate the terms of the leases, while disrupting life in the apartment building.

Judge lets malpractice suit vs LeClair Ryan continue, says could be on hook for client's $9M settlement

A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a legal malpractice suit lodged by the owner of a suburban electronics company against a Virginia law firm, saying the company has plausibly claimed the lawyers’ alleged missteps caused the company to pay out a $9 million settlement.

Cook Sheriff asks court to order Yahoo to reveal ID of sender of emails accusing him of domestic abuse

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants a court to force Yahoo to reveal the identity of someone he says sent emails falsely accusing him of domestic abuse.

Judge deletes class action vs Yahoo over Messenger texts, says 'tens of thousands' may have consented

A federal judge has broken up a class action accusing Yahoo of sending text messages in violation of federal law, saying information provided after he certified the class indicated perhaps tens of thousands of class members may have actually consented to receive the texts when they signed up for Yahoo’s services.

Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. accused of negligence after billboard causes car to fall on top of man

An individual is suing Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. for alleged negligence.

Woman OK to press class action vs MetLife over bait-and-switch accusations, appeals judges say

A federal appeals panel has cleared an Illinois woman to continue a class action complaint accusing Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of bait-and-switch tactics.

Uber Technologies Inc., others accused of negligence after automobile accident

A man is suing Alpha Diallo, Sisaymesteta Weldemaorian, Welnshet Sifu, 24/7 Taxi Management Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Calif. AG fears possible effects of union fees case at U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – An amicus brief filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argues public employees should have to pay union fees even if they fell that it contributes to political pandering.

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.

Judge cites SCOTUS' Bristol-Myers decision to gut class action over Body Fortress dietary supplement

A Chicago federal judge has relied on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Bristol Myers Squibb decision to gut a suit against the makers of a dietary supplement, who allegedly made bogus claims about its effectiveness, saying non-Illinois claimants can't participate in a suit in Illinois.

Pressure off for now on businesses worried about BIPA class actions, attorney says

Illinois employers anxious to not get caught in a dragnet of state Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) class actions may be able to breathe easier - for now - after a state appeals court ruling in December.

Makers of Taxotere breast cancer drug hit with lawsuit over hair loss allegedly caused by drug

Several consumers are suing Sanofi U.S. Services Inc. f/k/a Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc.; Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC d/b/a Winthrop U.S.; Hospira Inc.; Hospira Worldwide LLC f/k/a Hospira Worldwide Inc.; McKesson Corporation d/b/a McKesson Packaging; Sandoz Inc.; Accord Healthcare Ltd.; Accord Healthcare Inc.; and Does Inc. for alleged breach of implied warranty, design defect and product liability.

Poppie's Dough of Illinois allegedly retaliated against worker who allegedly refused to forge safety records

A man is suing Poppie's Dough of Illinois Inc. for alleged retaliation.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

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CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Judge asked to OK final deal to end suit vs Uber over texts; lawyers to get $6M, class members $103 each

A federal judge has been asked to grant final approval to a $20 million deal to settle a class action lawsuit brought by a group of people who claimed Uber sent them multiple unwanted text messages. Plaintiffs' lawyers would get $6.35 million, while each class member could get $103.

Brookfield burger joint sues DoorDash for allegedly using its logo on app, website without permission

A burger restaurant in suburban Brookfield is seeking to cook up a class action worth at least $5 million against DoorDash, alleging the smartphone-powered online food delivery service violates its trademark rights, and those of many other restaurants, by using logos of restaurants on its app and website without authorization, making it seem as if DoorDash and the restaurants are in business together in some way.

Airbnb: Theater district high-rise owner has no legal leg to stand on in lawsuit over short-term tenants

Airbnb has asked a Cook County Judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the owner of a luxury high-rise apartment building in Chicago's Theater District, which argues Airbnb should pay because tenants are breaking their leases by using the short-term and vacation rental service to sublet their units.

Ex-development director at John Marshall Law School says firing was part of 'pattern of bias' vs older men

Saying he became the target of anti-male bias from certain female administrators at the college, who used a lunch meeting with an influential donor at a Trump hotel to brand him as “anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-black,” the 59-year-old former head of alumni relations at John Marshall Law School has sued the school and two deans at the school, saying he is owed at least $4 million after he was fired on allegedly trumped up accusations to cover for alleged age and sex discrimination.

Class action: Ventra student discounts wrongly denied by CTA, Pace, to homeschooled students

A Brookfield parent who thinks transit agencies should resume giving homeschooled students fare discounts is pressing the issue in a class action lawsuit.

Appeals court upholds 'flawed' AmEx gift cards class action settlement, giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95M

While they called the deal flawed, a federal appeals panel in Chicago nevertheless has upheld a settlement ending a class action lawsuit against American Express over gift cards, dividing $1.8 million among class members, and giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95 million more.