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Judge orders new trial, tosses $140M verdict vs AbbVie over Androgel testosterone drug

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 5, 2018

A federal judge has knocked down a $140 million verdict against pharmaceutical maker AbbVie, ordering a new trial over a man’s claims AbbVie’s Androgel testosterone replacement therapy drug caused him to suffer a heart attack.

Verdict much lower, but AbbVie wants $3.2M award tossed in second testosterone class action test trial

By Dan Churney | Apr 30, 2018

North Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie is resisting what it is calling a jury's “confused and inconsistent” $3.2 million verdict, after the company lost a second trial in Chicago federal court – one in which it was ordered to pay $147 million less than the first trial – over a man’s claims AbbVie allegedly failed to warn its product AndroGel could bring on a heart attack.

Federal judge dismisses TCPA case says Transworld Systems 'clicker agent' invalidated robocall claims

By Sara McCleary | Nov 22, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has ruled that telemarketing calls filtered through a human-initiated and controlled dialing system does not amount to an illegal robocall under federal law, keeping in line with decisions in other states.

Portfolio Recovery Associates accused of misrepresentation in debt collection

By Louie Torres | Jul 25, 2017

An Illinois woman is suing Blitt and Gaines P.C. and Portfolio Recovery Associates L.L.C. for alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Woman with Crohn's disease sues Starbucks for alleged discrimination, wrongful firing

By Louie Torres | Jun 19, 2017

A former Chicago-area district manager is suing Starbucks, alleging disability discrimination, violation of Workers' Compensation acts and wrongful termination.

Woman alleges injuries from fall at Starbucks location in The Fashion Outlet, Rosemont

By Louie Torres | May 31, 2017

A woman is suing Starbucks; an unknown employee; ABM Industries Incorporated; ABM Industry Groups LLC and related corporate entities; and Macerich Property Management Company, alleging liability and negligence.

Appeals panel tosses out $84K sanction ordered vs Schaumburg attorney in contract dispute vs PNC

By Scott Holland | Mar 21, 2017

A divided federal appeals panel has tossed an $84,000 sanctions order against an attorney, finding a federal judge abused discretion in imposing the sanctions in a breach of contract suit brought by a telecommunications vendor against PNC Bank. 

PNC settles asst. bank managers' unpaid OT claims class action for $6M; $2M to plaintiffs' attorneys

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2016

A little over a year since a group of several hundred assistant bank branch managers sued PNC Bank for allegedly denying them overtime pay, a federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a deal to end the litigation for $6 million, which would send around $2,000 on average to each of the allegedly wronged assistant managers and $2 million to the attorneys who brought the case.

Judge awards $4.8 million to attorneys who settled defective washing machine lawsuit vs Sears

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 16, 2016

A federal judge has signed off on a plan to award more than $4.8 million to attorneys who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.

Big banks not on the hook for failing to stop $14 million embezzlement by doctors' bookkeeper

By Scott Holland | May 6, 2016

Three big banks will not be on the hook for millions allegedly embezzled by the former bookkeeper for a group of Chicago area medical practices, after a federal judge agreed the banks had no duty to detect and thwart the fraud, which the doctors said cost them more than $14 million.

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