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California boardroom gender quota bill is something for businesses in IL, elsewhere, "to watch," attorney says

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 19, 2018

A bill passed in California setting gender quotas on the boards of public companies could generate significant legal challenges, which likely would need to be resolved before other states move to copy it, an attorney following the legislation believes.

Judge: Plaintiffs' lawyers could face sanction for ignoring key precedent in debt collection case

By Dan Churney | Sep 19, 2018

Saying a plaintiff’s attorneys' actions stood as an “egregious violation” of conduct rules, potentially punishable by sanction, a Chicago federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a collection agency, which alleged the agency tried to mislead a debtor with an allegedly bogus offer to settle their debt by a certain date.

Class action: Amcor Plastics violated IL privacy law by scanning employeee fingerprints

By Cook County Record | Sep 18, 2018

Packaging maker Amcor Rigid Plastics USA is among the latest companies to be hit with a class action lawsuit alleging they violated an Illinois biometrics privacy law by improperly scanning their workers' fingerprints.

Appeals court: IL doesn’t usurp feds’ power by making coal, gas burners subsidize Illinois nuke plants

By Dan Churney | Sep 17, 2018

A federal appellate court has affirmed a Chicago federal judge’s ruling that switched off suits by a group of electricity producers and Chicago-area power consumers, which sought to invalidate a state law requiring coal and gas burning electricity companies buy credits to prop up two failing Exelon nuclear plants, saying the law doesn’t infringe on federal regulatory prerogatives.

LIEFF CABRASER HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN LLP: State Farm Settles Rigged-Judge Auto Parts RICO Fraud Trial for $250 Million

By Press release submission | Sep 16, 2018

Hale, et al. v. State Farm, No. 3:12-cv-00660 (S.D. Illinois) began over 20 years ago with a class action suit by State Farm insureds alleging State Farm wrongly replaced their post-accident vehicle parts with non-OEM in violation of the terms of their insurance policies.

Suburbs' lawyers: Cities' suit vs opioid makers, distributors belongs in Cook court, not federal 'black hole'

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

Attorneys for a group of Illinois municipalities are fighting an attempt to combine their lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors with a mass of similar litigation already pending in Cleveland federal court.

Judge deletes attempt by attorney to press defamation suit vs those posting online reviews of his business

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 14, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has shut down an attempt by an attorney to sue those who supposedly defamed him in online postings on Yelp and other forums.

Northstar Anesthesia claims Metrosouth Medical Center owes $1.25M for contracted services

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 13, 2018

An anesthesiology services company is suing Blue Island Hospital Co., doing business as Metrosouth Medical Center, citing alleged breach of contract.

Finance company sues nursing home for alleged breach of contract

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 10, 2018

A finance company is suing Glen Saint Andrew Living Community citing alleged breach of contract.

Judges nix consumer antitrust vs steelmakers; Production chain too complex to undergird sprawling class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 7, 2018

While noting the plaintiffs had presented statements which could indicate price-fixing activity, a federal appeals panel has refused to melt down a lower court’s decision to slice up a potentially massive class action lawsuit accusing U.S. steelmakers of conspiring to jack up prices for raw steel.

Bandas firm offers to be barred from practicing law in IL to end Edelson suit over 'serial objectors'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 5, 2018

A Texas-based law firm accused of improperly using proxy Illinois attorneys to covertly manage lawsuits in Illinois intended to allegedly essentially extort payments from other lawyers trying to close out class action settlements, has agreed to accept a court order barring them from practicing law in Illinois.

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Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

JENNER & BLOCK: Firm Team wins significant antitrust victory for Comcast

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

The firm won a victory on behalf of Comcast when an Illinois federal judge ruled against a several hundred million dollar antitrust lawsuit brought against the cable giant by Viamedia Inc., a company that represents small cable companies in advertisement buys.

Appeals panel: Caterpillar didn't discriminate vs older workers by nixing benefits plan to boost early retirement

By Scott Holland | Aug 24, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has ruled Caterpillar can’t be sued for age discrimination simply because it changed a benefits plan that led to widespread worker retirement.

Pharma defendants seek to kick suburbs' opioid suits to federal court; Say center on federal drug control questions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 23, 2018

Saying the lawsuit raises legal questions that shouldn't be dealt with in state court, one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical distributors – and one that stands as a defendant in many of the lawsuits now pending in courts across the country over the so-called opioid epidemic – has asked a federal judge to prevent a group of Chicago suburban communities from suing an array of drug manufacturers and distributors in Cook County Circuit Court.

Appeals court tosses $3M verdict vs GSK, says FDA, not drugmaker, controlled Paxil warning label

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 22, 2018

A federal appeals panel has tossed out a $3 million verdict vs GSK for the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic equivalent of GSK's drug, Paxil. The judges said the company can't be held responsible for language on the warning label when that language was controlled by the FDA.

Lyons, Bedford Park, Summit file opioid lawsuits; legal actions hit medical societies as defendants

By Dan Churney | Aug 20, 2018

Three more Cook County communities are suing opioid makers and distributors in connection with the opioid epidemic. But unlike dozens of other Chicago-area towns that have already taken similar court action, the three towns are suing separately, rather than together, and have added medical societies as defendants.

Job seeker accuses A&R Logistics of improperly using consumer report to deny employment

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 18, 2018

A job applicant has filed a class-action lawsuit against A&R Logistics Inc., saying the employer violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Applicant says Smith Transport improperly used consumer report to make hiring decision

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 18, 2018

A job applicant has filed a class-action lawsuit against Smith Transport Inc. and Smith Transport USA Inc., saying they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Judge pulls plug on Viamedia antitrust suit vs Comcast over cable TV spot ads

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 18, 2018

Saying she saw the legal action as little more than an attempt by a competitor to “force” Comcast to do business with them, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on an antitrust legal fight over whether Comcast had used its position to improperly squelch competition in the market for local spot cable TV advertising.

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