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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.

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.

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.

Podcast host Colton claims ex-wrestler Brooks broke promise to pay costs to defend vs Amman

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 15, 2018

A podcast host and professional wrestler is suing former wrestler Philip Jack Brooks, saying Brooks, whose statements on the podcast had allegedly precipitated a high-profile defamation lawsuit, now owes him more than $1 million for allegedly reneging on his alleged promise to pay the full cost of the legal defense.

American Airlines, others accused of negligence after airplane engine burst into flames at O'Hare

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 1, 2018

Two airplane passengers are suing the Boeing Company, General Electric Company and American Airlines Inc. for alleged negligence.

Cook suburbs join together to sue opioid makers; doctors added as defendants to keep case out of federal court

By Scott Holland | May 23, 2018

Ten Cook County suburbs have sued opioid makers in connection with what they allege is widespread drug abuse and overdoses from so-called opioid prescription painkillers. And in a bid to ensure their lawsuit doesn’t get shipped off to a Cleveland federal court to be consolidated with the bulk of the opioid litigation pending in U.S. courts, the plaintiffs have also tacked on as defendants three doctors they accused of operating a “pill mill.”

Class action suit says drug companies caused opioid crisis, heightened insurance costs

By Dan Churney | May 7, 2018

A Chicago class-action lawyer has filed a 97-page lawsuit in Chicago federal court against 13 drug companies and distributors, on behalf of a woman who alleges the companies promoted opioid use, knowing such painkillers were dangerously addictive, jacking up people's health insurance costs.

Chicago massage therapist accuses Stan Lee of inappropriate sexual conduct in hotel room

By Scott Holland | Apr 27, 2018

A Cook County massage therapist is accusing comic book icon Stan Lee of inappropriate conduct during two sessions at a Chicago hotel.

Trump's NLRB may undo rule giving grad students right to unionize; unions taking different approach

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2018

The Trump administration may push back—if it can—an Obama-era National Labor Relations Board decision that gave U.S. college and university graduate student workers the right to organize, which has been embraced by major unions.

Judge: Ex-Aon Bolivia CEO can't sidestep $20M lawsuit over alleged double-dealing

By Scott Holland | Mar 7, 2018

A federal judge has refused to let the former CEO of a South American Aon subsidiary end a $20 million federal lawsuit he faces in Chicago, in which he is accused of funneling company funds.

Mom's T-Mobile contract terms can't force arbitration for son's class action vs Subway over text message ad

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2018

A federal appeals panel has reactivated a man’s class action lawsuit against sandwich seller Subway, saying the restaurant chain can’t invoke T-Mobile’s contract to force to arbitration the man’s claims Subway broke federal telecommunications law by sending text messages to T-Mobile users advertising “T-Mobile Tuesday” sandwich deals.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, others allegedly failed to prevent woman from falling in lobby of Hotel Chicago Downtown

By Louie Torres | Jan 9, 2018

A woman is suing LaSalle Hotel Properties; Hei Hospitality LLC; Bulley & Andrews LLC; Stantec Inc., as successor in interest to Voa Associates Incorporated; and Ajax Consulting Services LLC for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Cook County jumps into legal fray vs pharmaceutical makers, hires Simmons, Meyers & Flowers to sue over 'opioids'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 27, 2017

Cook County, the second largest county in the U.S., has added its name to the ever-growing list of local governments demanding the makers of some of the most prescribed opioid painkillers pay out, saying the companies owe big money for costs the county has incurred in treating painkiller addiction and dealing with its aftermath at the county’s hospitals and other institutions.

Karp's True Value allegedly failed to repay debt

By Louie Torres | Dec 18, 2017

rue Value Company is suing Karp's True Value for alleged breach of contract.

Judge pauses Chicago opioid lawsuit; judges mull consolidating host of similar cases nationally

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 7, 2017

A federal judge has placed on hold the city of Chicago’s lawsuit accusing the makers of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet – so-called “opioids” – of falsely marketing their drugs to doctors. defrauding City Hall and other employee health plan administrators, while giving time for a panel of federal judges to decide if the action should be consolidated with other similar lawsuits, brought by cities and others, now pending in other jurisdictions.

Light maker wants to sock it to Chicago City Hall, contractor, alleging rigged $160M lighting project

By Dan Churney | Nov 20, 2017

A suburban manufacturer of electric lighting units is blowing its fuse, and as an outlet is in federal court, alleging the city of Chicago, a municipal financing group and an energy service provider short-circuited the bidding process for a huge public lighting modernization project, to exclude the manufacturer's lights in favor of General Electric products.

Judgment in traffic crash case could cost Liberty Mutual $4.5M, despite $25K limit

By Angela Underwood | Oct 20, 2017

A judge's ruling in a traffic crash personal injury case could cost insurer Liberty Mutual $4.5 million, even though the policy at the heart of the case supposedly was capped at $25,000.

Judge cuts out Black & Decker's $54M win vs Positec, orders new trial after key evidence came up short

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2017

Black & Decker will need to try again in court to secure a judgment worth tens of millions of dollars it thought it was getting from China-based power tool maker Positec, who Black & Decker had accused of using a black-and-yellow color scheme to improperly mimic the B&D-owned DeWalt brand’s packaging to confuse consumers into buying its Rockwell tools.

Judge: Cigna didn't defraud in denying payment to surgical center suspected of 'fee forgiveness'

By Todd Barnett | Jul 10, 2017

A federal judge has granted a win to multinational insurer Cigna, cutting out state law fraud claims from a lawsuit brought by a surgical center asserting the insurer was wrong to deny claims for reimbursement from certain Cigna-insured patients, for whom the surgical center had forgiven much of the bill because the surgical center was outside of those patients' preferred providers network.

Magnatek claims Travelers Indemnity Company wrongfully denied claim

By Louie Torres | May 25, 2017

A Wisconsin-based manufacturer is suing The Travelers Indemnity Company and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company, formerly known as The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, alleging breach of contract and breach of duty.

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