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Judge: EEOC has turned over enough documents to Dollar General in hiring bias suit

A Chicago federal magistrate judge has largely rejected Dollar General's effort to squeeze more information from federal regulators in their efforts to defend against a discrimination suit against the discount retail chain, which alleges the company's job applicant screenings are geared to keep out blacks.

SEIU Local 73 members ask judge to order national union to order local elections, restore local control

Members of an influential local union are asking a federal judge to restore local control a year after the national union appointed a trustee to bring order amid a messy leadership spat.

Ex-Jewel-Osco managers' age discrimination lawsuit trimmed; Judge cuts disparate impact claim

An age discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of four former Jewel Osco store managers against the Chicago area supermarket chain has been trimmed, after a federal judge granted the company’s request to shelve several of the ex-managers’ claims, including a key count alleging the company’s policies and practices favor younger managers at the expense of the more experienced.

Illinois employers to face shifting regulatory burdens in 2018

As 2018 looms, employers in Illinois are bracing for another wave of employment and labor regulations on the local, state and federal levels.

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.

Cook County again lands prime spot on legal reform group's 'Judicial Hellholes' list

Cook County’s courts have again landed a top billing among America’s worst “judicial hellholes,” sharing the designation with downstate Madison County on the annual list calling attention to some of the country’s most litigious local court systems.

7th Circuit: Won't rehear EEOC appeal of dismissal of case alleging Autozone racially zoned store workers

A federal appeals court has refused to grant federal employment discrimination regulators the chance to renew their arguments that Autozone’s transfer of a black employee from a store serving a predominantly Hispanic clientele to another in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, should be considered illegal racial discrimination and segregation, even though the transferred worker suffered no loss of income, responsibilities or job opportunities.

EEOC rolls out nationwide program to help people file discrimination complaints

As of Nov. 1, an online filing system for workers to file discrimination charges against their employers has been rolled out nationwide. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Public Portal had been available on a "pilot" basis in Chicago and in four other cities over the past six months.

Illinois A/G, FTC announce $7M settlement, ban 'phantom' debt collectors

A recent settlement involving the Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General's Office against Chicago-based "phantom" debt collectors could bring in several million dollars.

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.

Drugmaker Auxilium wins at jury in its first bellwether trial over testosterone therapy drug Testim

While their competitor AbbVie seeks to undo jury verdicts worth nearly $290 million over testosterone replacement therapy drugs, drugmaker Auxilium has received a clean bill from a jury in its first court test over claims it and other similar drugmakers should be made to pay for alleged misleading marketing that led men to take the drugs, and suffered heart attacks as a result.

Supreme Court refuses to hear home care providers' lawsuit vs SEIU over compelled representation

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care assistants for those with disabilities the chance to argue their constitutional rights were violated by an Illinois state law forcing the care providers to accept the Service Employees International Union as their bargaining representative.

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: 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.

Home health care company MedPro can't sue over Medicare payments suspension, accusations: Judge

A Tinley Park-based home healthcare company can't pursue their fraud claims against a Medicare administrative company that stopped paying them over belief the home healthcare provider had received improper payments, as a federal judge says it hasn't yet exhausted administrative remedies provided to it through Medicare.

Chicago OK to tack on thousands in taxes to the sale of Fannie, Freddie foreclosures: Appeals court

While federal law bars the city of Chicago and other local governments from slapping taxes on homes acquired by federal home mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the law does nothing to stop such cities from merely passing on those tax bills to the people who later buy the property from Fannie or Freddie, a federal appeals panel says.

Judge: Testosterone replacement drug bellwether OK to proceed vs Testim maker Auxilium

After two federal juries delivered $140 million verdicts against AbbVie, competing drugmaker Auxilium will be headed to trial over claims its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim caused heart attacks in men who took the drug to treat “off-label” conditions, spurred by what plaintiffs alleged was misleading marketing from drugmakers.

'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.

SCOTUS expected to toss rules forcing non-union workers to pay fees; big political impacts possible

Sweeping changes in how unions collect dues and fees can be expected soon, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case against Illinois' largest public sector employee union, two labor attorneys said during a recent interview. And such a decision also could have significant ramifications for the nation's politics.

Illinois among top jurisdictions for growing number of TCPA class actions, new report shows

The number of lawsuits targeting businesses under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is surging, as many businesses struggle to "decipher and implement" the law's provisions amid a proliferation of modern technology, like smartphones and text messaging, says an attorney specializing in assisting clients on federal communications policy and enforcement.