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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.

GREENBURG TRAURIG LLP: 22 GT Chicago Attorneys Listed in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

Twenty-two attorneys from the Chicago office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP are included in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Lawsuit: Landlord Jones Lang LaSalle forces tenants to use union labor, pay more for 'kickbacks'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 15, 2018

Saying the landlord’s acquiescence to the labor unions’ demands amounts to an illegal conspiracy to generate kickbacks for union contractors, a former tenant of an office high-rise owned by Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago’s Loop has delivered a class action lawsuit against its ex-landlord, demanding the company be made to pay back potentially thousands of current and former tenants throughout the city for forcing them to use more expensive union labor when renovating their offices or moving in or out of office space in the JLL-managed buildings.

Orland fire distict didn't violate alarm company's rights by inking exclusive deal with rival vendor: Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 3, 2018

A federal judge has ruled a southwest suburban fire protection district didn’t violate the rights of a company that installs and monitors commercial fire alarms by first lobbying the villages of Orland Park and Orland Hills to require the installation of a certain kind of fire alarm system, and then inking a contract with a competing company to provide the equipment needed for those alarm systems, effectively closing off their district to competitors.

Appeals panel: $15M fees not too big for lawyers behind $76M Caribbean cruise telemarketing settlement

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 27, 2018

A federal appeals panel will allow a group of Chicago lawyers to keep their potential $15 million to $18 million payday for their work in securing a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and others accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask telemarketing calls, as judges said the size of the fee award doesn’t necessarily mean it is too large.

More Cook County towns sue over opioids; Edelson again includes doctors to keep court action local

By Dan Churney | Jul 26, 2018

Another group of Cook County communities have launched a lawsuit, which they want to stay in Cook County rather than federal court, against a number of opioid makers, distributors and doctors, alleging they pushed prescription opioids on the public despite knowing the drugs were dangerously addictive.

Judge: Edelson can try to bar Bandas 'pro objectors' from practicing, collecting fees in IL

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 25, 2018

A little over five months since denying one of Chicago’s leading class action plaintiffs’ firms the chance to pursue racketeering charges against another group of lawyers accused of acting as “professional objectors” to extort payments, a Chicago federal judge said she will allow the Edelson P.C. firm to move ahead with one final remaining element of their lawsuit – an attempt to secure a court order restricting the ability of those lawyers to practice law in Illinois, and so limit their ability to collect on a $225,000 payday from Edelson.

Class action claims Bank of America charged improper inspection fee

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 17, 2018

A homeowner has filed a class action lawsuit against Bank of America, alleging she was assessed and forced to pay unauthorized inspection fees on a mortgaged property.

Engineer accuses CSX Transportation of defamation of character

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 13, 2018

A locomotive engineer is suing CSX Transport Inc and James Spencer, citing alleged defamation of character.

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.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Edelson: Defense firm Johnson & Bell's defamation action an improper SLAPP suit

By Dan Churney | Jul 3, 2018

Chicago lawyer Jay Edelson, known for pursuing digital privacy and technology class actions, is alleging the Johnson & Bell law firm is trying to throttle his right to speak publicly about a case involving both parties as adversaries, with a groundless SLAPP defamation lawsuit against his firm in Cook County court.

Estate rep says Bank of America allowed someone to withdraw $69K from man's account after his death

By Bree Gonzales | Jun 26, 2018

The administrator for the estate of Jose Valdez is suing Bank of America and a John Doe defendant, citing alleged negligence.

Court denies Ameriprise motion to dismiss or transfer Allstate client-poaching case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 22, 2018

Allstate can continue its lawsuit against Ameriprise Financial Services for violating federal trade secrets protection law by allegedly recruiting Allstate's current and former financial specialists to use their knowledge to steal Allstate's customers.

Heritage Health sues state of Illinois following denial of patient's Medicaid application

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

A patient's representative filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Human Services and Secretary James Dimas, alleging that the defendants breach their duty to provide medical care and services to those in need with "reasonable promptness."

Speedway worker fingerprint scan lawsuit heads back to Cook County court; Judge: No harm to plaintiff

By DM Herra | Jun 8, 2018

A lawsuit that claims Speedway gas stations didn’t follow state law in collecting employee fingerprints is back in state court, after a federal district court denied Speedway’s motion to dismiss - while at the same time agreeing that the plaintiff suffered no injury.

IL appeals panel: Email from Chicago lawyer doesn't mean court fight between OH firm, NV biz belongs in Cook County

By Kyla Asbury | May 29, 2018

A state appeals court has shot down a Cook County judge's ruling, finding the judge was wrong to assert Chicago was the proper venue for a law firm headquartered in Ohio to sue a company based in Nevada, even though an email sent from Chicago was the only connection the defendant claimed it had in Illinois.

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.”

One Inc. accused of sending unsolicited text messages through After School app, in reprise of dismissed suit

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 22, 2018

A man has again filed a class action lawsuit against One Inc. for allegedly violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Lawyers: Defendants trying to undermine $56M-75M cruise line telemarketing calls settlement

By Dan Churney | May 21, 2018

Attorneys who bagged millions of dollars in fees from a $56-$75 million class action settlement in Chicago federal court against a cruise line and others accused of making illegal telemarketing calls, are alleging the defendants are trying now to sabotage the settlement by using bogus grounds to challenge 45,000 of 58,000 claims submitted.

Facebook: Cook County data mining lawsuit designed to benefit only county government, its hired lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 10, 2018

Saying only the county and its hired trial lawyers would stand to benefit from any settlement or judgment, Facebook has pushed back against the Cook County State’s Attorney’s attempt to send back to more friendly legal turf the pending legal fight over how much blame Facebook should shoulder for data mining conducted by another firm, ostensibly to benefit the 2016 election campaign of President Donald Trump.

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