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

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

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

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

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'

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

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.

IL Supreme Court denies Erin Andrews' request to continue lawsuit vs hotel booking firm over stalking

An attempt by sportscaster Erin Andrews to sue a Chicago-based company that managed an online reservation system for a Columbus, Ohio, hotel in which a stalker illegally recorded her from a neighboring room, appears to have ended.

Customer contract provision sends spam text message class action vs Jackson Hewitt to arbitration

A suburban Marengo man will not – for now - be able to press his claim income tax return preparer Jackson Hewitt, and its partners American Express and Restaurant.com, illegally spammed his phone with text messages, after a Chicago federal judge ruled the agreement he signed with Jackson Hewitt also mandated all disputes over the contract be handled through arbitration.

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

Coach who first accused Jackie Robinson West of cheating sues Little League for attempted cover up

An Evergreen Park Little League baseball coach who was the first to formally accuse the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team of cheating has sued the national Little League baseball organization, claiming the youth baseball organization intentionally attempted to sweep his accusations against the Little League club from Chicago’s South Side under the rug to protect the positive publicity it had enjoyed in the wake of the team’s historic U.S. title run.

IL appeals court: Erin Andrews can't sue online hotel reservations company over stalking incident

A Cook County judge was right to dismiss a complaint sportscaster Erin Andrews filed against the Chicago-based company that managed the online reservation system for the Columbus, Ohio, hotel in which she was illegally recorded, an Illinois appeals court has ruled.  

Chicago judge tosses Ohio dentist's junk fax suit vs Conn.-based CareCredit lender

A federal judge will not allow an Ohio dentist to use Chicago’s federal courtrooms to sue the Connecticut-based lender behind CareCredit for allegedly sending unsolicited faxes and making unwanted phone calls advertising the medical bill consumer credit product.

Merger between disease test makers Nanosphere, Luminex challenged in shareholder class action

A shareholder in Northbrook-based Nanosphere Inc., a company specializing in high-tech single-sample tests to detect a range of infectiousdiseases and other health problems, has challenged a merger deal the nanotech company reached a month ago with Texas-based competitor Luminex, saying the deal was not the best Nanosphere’s leaders could have made for its shareholders.

Class action lawsuit: Seterus reaped kickbacks from force-placed home insurance policies

Seterus, one of the country’s largest servicers of home mortgages, has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the company has overcharged its customers for mandatory insurance coverage by partnering with one insurance provider, who then kicks back a portion of the purportedly overpriced insurance policies to Seterus.

ESPN: Stephen A. Smith's rant on Jackie Robinson West protected from lawsuit by 1st Amendment, IL law

Cable TV sports network ESPN and the network’s prominent on-air pundit Stephen A. Smith have responded to a lawsuit brought by the parents of players of controversy-plagued Chicago Little League baseball team, Jackie Robinson West, asking a Cook County judge to dismiss the litigation because the parents’ lawsuit does little more than attempt to punish ESPN and Smith for reporting news and expressing opinion on prominent events, simply because the parents found the news and Smith’s opinion “upset

Jackson Hewitt, promo partners hit with class action over promotional spam texts

One of America’s biggest income tax return preparation companies, one of the country’s largest credit card companies and an online provider of discounted dining vouchers have been hit with a potential class action lawsuit accusing them of sending spam text messages as part of a coordinated promotional campaign.

Class action says Pepperidge Farm needs to treat in-store display workers as employees, not contractors

A federal class action lawsuit claims cookie and cracker maker Pepperidge Farm has exploited the workers who deliver, set up and maintain its product displays in supermarkets and other stores, treating these workers like employees, but classifying them as independent contractors, contrary to labor law.

Jackie Robinson West parents sue Little League, ESPN, say wrongly accused them of cheating to win 2014 title

Parents of players on a controversy-plagued Chicago Little League baseball team are striking back against organized baseball and national media outlets the parents say wrongly accused them and their children of cheating to win the U.S. Little League crown.

Ohio dentist uses Chicago courts to sue Conn.-based Synchrony over faxed Care Credit ads

Chicago federal court is the venue an Ohio dentist chose for his class-action complaint against a Connecticut-based lending firm he said repeatedly placed calls to his office and sent unwanted faxed ads promoting its consumer credit products, in violation of federal law.

Canadian Pacific takes Quebec train disaster cases from Cook County to federal court

Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.