A major grocery chain is the latest company to allege leading poultry producers manipulated chicken prices. Bi-Lo Holdings LLC, which also operates Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., filed a complaint Jan. 12 in federal court in Chicago, alleging producers and related businesses “conspired and combined to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the price of” broiler chickens, which constitute roughly 98 percent of all chicken meat sold in the United States.
Saying the jury’s findings were too conflicting and inconsistent to unravel in a post-trial motion, a Chicago federal judge has instead ordered a new trial, tossing out that jury’s verdict ordering drugmaker AbbVie to pay $150 million to a man who claimed AbbVie’s promotion of its testosterone therapy drug, Androgel, led his doctor to prescribe it to him, allegedly later resulting in a heart attack.
A federal judge has, for now, denied a request from business alarm company Alarm Detection Systems Inc. (ADS) and several other security firms for a temporary injunction in a case acusing the village of Schaumburg, Tyco Integrated Security LLC and Northwest Central Dispatch System of essentially conspiring to create an alarm monitoring monopoly in the northwest suburban village.
A federal judge in Chicago has shredded, for now, a block of class action lawsuits that piled up last year against Kraft, Walmart, Target, the parent company of Jewel Food Stores and others over the contents of their grated Parmesan cheese, saying he did not believe the plaintiffs could prevail in asserting the containers of “100 percent” cheese were deceptively marketed.
A Chicago federal bankruptcy judge has been asked to sign off on a $22 million settlement, intended to lay to rest claims against a now bankrupt taxi company, brought by a Chicago lawyer who was left with brain damage and other injuries after the taxi in which he was riding crashed into a concrete median in 2005.
A Chicago federal judge has voiced reservations about a suburban electronic company's court action, which alleges its former attorneys short-circuited its defense against a $9 million trademark infringement suit, saying the company and its counsel have a "good deal of explaining to do to support the maintenance of this action."