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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.

Flight attendants' minimum wage class action claims grounded vs SkyWest Airlines

A federal judge has permanently grounded a class action lawsuit brought against SkyWest Airlines by a group of flight attendants, who the judge said still haven't made their case the airline paid them so little it violated minimum wage laws.

Uber hit with private class action, regulatory lawsuit from Chicago, Cook County over 2016 data breach

In the wake of a major data breach, ridehailing company Uber, already facing a class action complaint from customers who say the company’s workplace culture allowed improper access to rider information, must now also face a lawsuit brought by the city of Chicago and Cook County, leveling much the same allegations and receiving aid from a Chicago trial lawyer renowned for routinely suing tech companies.

Lawyers to seek $8M of proposed $24M settlement of shareholder suit vs drugmaker Akorn

From a lawsuit against suburban-based drugmaker Akorn, a settlement has grown in Chicago federal court, which could hand $8 million to lawyers for pursuing the class action suit against Akorn Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company misled investors.

Judge balks at big poultry producers' attempt to crack chicken price fixing antitrust class action

A federal judge will allow one of the country’s leading food service distributors and a group of others balking at the high price of chicken to continue to peck away at a federal antitrust action accusing the country’s largest poultry producers of fixing prices for their birds.

Quality Pipe Services Inc., other accused of negligence after two people allegedly were run over by vehicle

A man and woman are suing Jason T. Kolesar, Quality Pipe Services Inc. and Kenny Construction Company for alleged liability and negligence.

Judge: Quaker can say oatmeal 'maple' even if contains no 'maple'; Decision roadmap for future defenses

A federal judge has ruled federal regulation of food ingredient labeling can cut short false advertising suits against foodmakers like Quaker Oats, which was recently sued over the contents of its maple and brown sugar oatmeal, which, the lawsuit claimed, contained no actual maple, only maple flavoring.

California courts to decide if Honda should pay for cars with wires rodents find tasty, judge says

A group of Honda car owners suing the automaker for building cars containing wires coated with a soy-based compound rodents find tasty, will need to press their class action claims in California, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.

Federal appeals court tosses antitrust injunction that goes too far in car dealer software suit

A Chicago federal appeals panel has scrapped an injunction won by a Wisconsin business against a Hoffman Estates-based provider of software to car dealers, with the court saying the injunction improperly distorts the marketplace.

Judge: Chicago courts wrong place to try patent dispute over medical billing software

Invoking a recent Supreme Court decision addressing some of the litigation behaviors of so-called “patent trolls,” a federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit, saying plaintiffs’ assertions some people employed by a company accused of infringing a patent work from home in Illinois isn’t enough for him to allow the case to be tried in Chicago.

Judge: Iowa couple's suit vs Apple Vacations over Mexico airport shuttle crash doesn't belong in IL court

A Chicago federal judge has tossed an Iowa couple’s lawsuit against Apple Vacations and related travel agencies over injuries they suffered in a car crash while on vacation in Mexico, saying the case has no business being in a courtroom in Chicago.

BP Corporation North America Inc., others allegedly failed to prevent woman from being doused in gasoline

A woman is suing BP Corporation North America Inc. and affilated companies, Pak Petroleum of Chicago Inc., Zubair's BP and Ahmed Zubair for alleged liability and negligence.

Ninth Circuit decision in Robins v. Spokeo case could have far reaching implications

A California federal appeals court's ruling that Thomas Robins and other consumers have actually alleged sufficient injury to pursue their claims in federal court against online personal information listing service Spokeo - the first such ruling in the case since a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision - could have far reaching implications.

Cara Lewis Group, others accused in trip-and-fall at concert venue

An individual is suing Cara Lewis Group, the Anschutz Corporation, Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., AEG Presents LLC and related entities for alleged liability and negligence.

Challenger in Cook County Assessor's race asks court to unmask creators of sham campaign websites

A Democrat running to unseat incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios has asked a court to help him unmask the people he claims are responsible for creating sham websites and social media pages for his campaign.

'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape

Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to significantly limit general personal jurisdiction over corporations, the Illinois Supreme Court at last has used that precedent to perhaps achieve legal venue reforms long sought by business groups and reform proponents - and long ignored by state lawmakers.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

Lawsuit asserting belVita breakfast crackers aren't nutritious enough dismissed for second time

A class action lawsuit alleging Mondelez's belVita brand breakfast crackers aren’t nutritious enough has been dismissed for a second time, and this time it cannot be refiled.

Homeadvisor Inc., others accused of using man's image in broadcast without permission

A man is suing Homeadvisor Inc., Angi Homeservices Inc., Hawthorne Direct LLC, and Does I through Doe V, for alleged deceptive trade practices and unfair competition.

Lack of specifics dooms $25M racketeering lawsuit vs some defendants over hotel appraisal scheme

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed racketeering charges against a handful of defendants accused in a wide-ranging $25-million lawsuit of swindling commercial real estate investors by inflating the appraisals of hotel and motel properties, offering loans to investors based on the exaggerated appraisal, and, when the hotel or motel failed, seizing the property to sell at “extortionate prices.”