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GORDON REES LLP: Gordon & Rees Earns National Tier Rankings in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® 2019 "Best Law Firms" List

By Press release submission | Nov 16, 2018

The 2019 "Best Law Firms" survey published jointly by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® awarded Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani with National and Metropolitan "Tier 1" rankings across 14 practice areas.

Appeals court says bicyclist gets another try to sue Lake Forest for slip on wet bridge

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

ELGIN – The case of a bicyclist injured while traversing a Lake Forest bridge about four years ago is on its way back to Lake County Circuit Court after a three-judge state appeals court panel unanimously ruled the lower court had improperly dismissed the litigation.

Xanitos employee alleges company violated BIPA with biometric time tracking system

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 7, 2018

A management company that provides services to hospitals is alleged to have unlawfully collected employee's fingerprints for use in its employee punch clocks.

Judge slices Parmesan cheese lawsuits, says labels pumped purity, but also listed additives

By Dan Churney | Nov 5, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has partially melted a group of class actions against Kraft, Walmart, Jewel Food, Target and others, which alleged the companies misled consumers as to the purity of grated Parmesan cheese by including hidden cellulose filler, finding labels may have promised unadulterated product, but cellulose was nonetheless listed as an ingredient on those labels.

Workers say suburban Burger King franchisee's punch clock system stores fingerprint scans without consent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 2, 2018

A Downers Grove-based company that operates Burger King restaurants in Chicago's suburbs has been accused in a class action lawsuit of allegedly unlawfully collecting and storing its employees' fingerprints for use with its punch clocks to track employees' hours worked.

Judicial board says DuPage judge lied to cops about bullet, retaliated vs. women for harassment complaints

By Dan Churney | Nov 1, 2018

The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board is alleging a DuPage County judge retaliated against two courthouse employees for accusing him of sexual harassment and repeatedly lied to police and the board, in a separate matter, about firing a bullet through his apartment wall into an adjacent unit.

Appeals panel voids $27M for ex-Allstate portfolio analysts who said were maligned in Allstate SEC filings

By Scott Holland | Oct 31, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has vacated a $27 million award previously given to former Allstate portfolio security analysts who accused the company of ruining their careers by allegedly incorrectly reporting to federal regulators the analysts had padded their bonus pay while pension funds were shorted.

Class action attempt vs Hertz over concession fees rerouted by contract into arbitration, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 29, 2018

Car rental chain Hertz will be allowed to pull to the curb a class action accusing it of improperly charging fees at non-airport car rental locations in Chicago and elsewhere, as a federal judge said the customer contract allows the dispute to go to an arbitrator.

NorthShore says antitrust class action, accusing of overcharges, has no qualified representative

By Dan Churney | Oct 15, 2018

NorthShore University Health System wants a judge to strip the class-action status from an antitrust lawsuit against the hospital chain, which alleges NorthShore’s acquisition of a suburban hospital rubbed out competition and jacked up prices for patients, saying the sole remaining class representative has no standing to push the suit, because he suffered no injury.

Workers comp, health insurers for Illinois towns add to mass of municipal opioid lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 15, 2018

Organizations providing workers comp insurance and employee health insurance for more than 200 Illinois local governments have joined the mass of lawsuits against drug makers, distributors and others associated with the spread of so-called opioid painkillers.

Class action: Eventbrite, Ticketfly customers not properly notified of massive data breach

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 11, 2018

An Eventbrite customer alleges the company failed to individually notify more than 25 million customers of a data breach that occurred in May.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid lawsuits should proceed, magistrate tells MDL judge

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 9, 2018

A magistrate judge recommended that a bellwether trial against the opioid industry proceed, rejecting nearly all the arguments presented by manufacturers, distributors and retailers in their motions to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits accusing them of causing a national crisis.

Judge won't let class action proceed vs American Air over cancelled reservations for not early enough check-ins

By Scott Holland | Oct 4, 2018

A federal judge has granted American Airlines’ request to reject a class action complaint accusing it of violating contracts by canceling reservations for passengers who don’t check in an hour before their scheduled departure.

Appeals panel: Cook County judge wrong to toss class action vs LA Tan franchisee over customer finger scans

By Scott Holland | Oct 2, 2018

A state appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s dismissal of a class action complaint accusing an LA Tan franchisee of violating an Illinois privacy law for the way it scanned and stored digital scans of customers’ fingerprints, saying the business’ disclosure of those fingerprints to a third-party vendor could be enough of a violation to sustain the lawsuit.

Federal judge rules UGG is a brand name, not a generic boot style

By DM Herra | Sep 28, 2018

Deckers Outdoor Corp., owner of the popular UGG brand, succeeded in a legal quest to prevent an Australian company from calling the sheepskin boots it sells in the U.S. “ugg boots,” as the judge said that term cannot be considered generic for those kinds of boots.

Third strike: Judge tosses racketeering suit vs Seyfarth Shaw, Northern Trust over tax shelters

By DM Herra | Sep 25, 2018

Prominent Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw, financial services company Northern Trust, and others have sidestepped a racketeering claim brought by a financial services provider who claimed he was misled into investing in an illegal tax shelter that eventually cost him more than $10 million in back taxes, fees, interest and penalties.

Wendy's sued by workers who claim broke law when scanned fingerprints for use with punch clock

By Cook County Record | Sep 24, 2018

Fast food chain Wendy's is among the latest businesses operating in Illinois to be sued by workers for allegedly violating workers' rights under an Illinois biometrics privacy law by scanning employee fingerprints for use with its employee punch clock systems.

Federal appeals court won’t review its decision to toss $3M verdict v. GSK; Plaintiff: ‘Dangerous precedent’

By Dan Churney | Sep 24, 2018

A Chicago federal appellate court has refused to reexamine its decision last month that reversed a $3 million verdict against drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, on grounds the company was not responsible for the labeling of the generic version of its product Paxil, despite plaintiff’s urging a rehearing was needed, because she said the appeals panel set a “dangerous precedent.”

Federal judge undoes potential class action deal to end litigation over 2014 Neiman Marcus data breach

By Scott Holland | Sep 20, 2018

A federal judge has sided with objectors who want to undo a class action settlement involving a five-year-old Neiman Marcus data breach, saying the leading plaintiffs do not adequately represent the entire group.

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.

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