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Wells Fargo: Cook County blocking try to compute how much 'discriminatory' foreclosures cost county courts

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 12, 2019

Ten months after a Chicago federal judge allowed Cook County to continue with a small portion of its foreclosure discrimination lawsuit against Wells Fargo, the lender has accused the county of blocking its ability to mount its defense by attempting to stop it from interviewing officials in the Cook County court system.

Insurer asks to be excused from funding legal defense for grocer Caputo's Fresh Markets vs BIPA suit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 11, 2019

A suburban grocer, among the latest employers among a growing wave targeted with a class action lawsuit under an Illinois privacy law, may be forced to fund a greater share of its own defense after an insurer asked a judge to declare it has no obligation to help defend the case.

Edelson wins order to dig deeper into Bandas firm, to broaden lawsuit over 'professional' class action objectors

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 4, 2019

Edelson P.C., one of Chicago’s most prominent class action law firms has won the chance to dig deeper into the practices of a group of lawyers it has accused of extorting payments from the Bandas Law Firm and other lawyers by acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, as the firm seeks to unearth further evidence it believes will lead to an injunction to effectively shut down its rival.

'Major changes' in law continue to narrow definition of automated dialers under TCPA, dampen class actions

By Cook County Record | Dec 18, 2018

A Chicago federal judge's recent decision to revisit a lawsuit vs Yahoo over a text message the web services provider sent to a user, could further help to narrow an expansive view of so-called "automatic telephone dialing system" embraced years ago by federal regulators, which has helped to enhance the growth of lawsuits under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Tensions, confusion, lawsuits mount concerning Sterigenics emissions in Willowbrook

By Glenn Minnis | Dec 14, 2018

Tensions, confusion and lawsuits countinue to mount in and around Willowbrook, surrounding ethylene oxide emissions from a medical device sterilization plant operated by Sterigenics in the suburban community. State lawmakers are also considering new legislation addressing the use of EO, and the EPA is continuing air monitoring after it admitted its initial round of air quality measurements from May were flawed.

Supreme Court decision could help reduce 'forum shopping' in False Claims Act fraud suits

By John Sammon | Dec 12, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to deal a blow to so-called "forum shopping" and a stronger hand to companies and others defending themselves against would-be whistleblowers accusing them of defrauding the government.

State lawsuit over Sterigenics emissions cites state permit as evidence of 'hazard'; Undercuts permit process?

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 11, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General's Office and DuPage County State's Attorney have partnered to sue Sterigenics over its alleged emissions of ethylene oxide. However, the state lawsuit has come despite no contention from anyone that Sterigenics violated the terms of its permit, issued by the state. Some worry about the message such a 'bizarre' course of action by the state may send to its businesses, many of whom have similar permits of their own.

Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn’t prove makers Georgia Pacific, Westrock fixed prices

By Dan Churney | Dec 10, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that boarded up a class action antitrust suit against Georgia Pacific and Westrock, which alleged they conspired to fix prices for containerboard. Judges again found the companies were not colluding, but rather making parallel moves in reaction to the market.

UPS employee alleges hand cut by sickle improperly wrapped in bubble wrap

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 6, 2018

A United Parcel Service employee alleges he was cut by a negligently wrapped sharp object and seeks damages from the seller.

Trial lawyers: EPA admission of fault in Sterigenics emissions measuring won't matter to lawsuits vs company

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2018

As federal environmental regulators reassess their controversial measurements of emissions from the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook, a group of lawyers representing Willowbrook residents are continuing unfazed in their lawsuits against the company, based largely on findings in a federal report that relied heavily on the allegedly faulty data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sterigenics: Lawsuits asking courts to rewrite federal clean air rules, based on a 'flawed' report

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 29, 2018

Saying plaintiffs are asking the courts to essentially rewrite federal environmental laws and regulatory rules based on a single report issued by a federal agency relying on faulty data, medical device sterilizer Sterigenics has asked a federal judge to corral a stampede of lawsuits that have hit the courts in recent weeks amid a blizzard of media reports asserting the company’s use of a key sterilizing agent at its facility in suburban Willowbrook could cause cancer.

Judge won't let class action proceed vs American Air over cancelled reservations for not early enough check-ins

By Scott Holland | Oct 4, 2018

A federal judge has granted American Airlines’ request to reject a class action complaint accusing it of violating contracts by canceling reservations for passengers who don’t check in an hour before their scheduled departure.

Federal appeals court won’t review its decision to toss $3M verdict v. GSK; Plaintiff: ‘Dangerous precedent’

By Dan Churney | Sep 24, 2018

A Chicago federal appellate court has refused to reexamine its decision last month that reversed a $3 million verdict against drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, on grounds the company was not responsible for the labeling of the generic version of its product Paxil, despite plaintiff’s urging a rehearing was needed, because she said the appeals panel set a “dangerous precedent.”

Appeals court tosses $3M verdict vs GSK, says FDA, not drugmaker, controlled Paxil warning label

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 22, 2018

A federal appeals panel has tossed out a $3 million verdict vs GSK for the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic equivalent of GSK's drug, Paxil. The judges said the company can't be held responsible for language on the warning label when that language was controlled by the FDA.

Sears sues Electrolux over damage to store after refrigerator allegedly overheated, caught fire

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 18, 2018

Several businesses are suing Electrolux North America Inc., Electrolux Home Products Inc. and John Does and Jane Does 1-5 for alleged negligence, breach of contract, breach of express and implied warranties, consumer fraud, gross negligence and strict product liability.

Appeals panel lets woman renew lawsuit vs hotel whose security guard allegedly raped her in her room

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2018

A state appeals panel will allow a woman and her husband to resume their lawsuit against the owners of a Skokie hotel where they say a security guard raped the woman.

Pace-O-Matic Inc., others accused of interfering with contractual agreement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 20, 2018

A company is suing Pace-O-Matic Inc., Pier Holdings LLC, Cory Aronovitz, Casino Law Group, Dwayne Waxer and Daniel Warren for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, intentional interference and fraud.

Machinery and Conveyor Services Inc., others allegedly failed to provide safe conveyor system

By Louie Torres | Apr 6, 2018

A man is suing Machinery and Conveyor Services Inc., Vanderlande Industries and United Parcel Service Co. for alleged product liability and negligence.

Class action: Hoteliers conspired to manipulate online search ad results, boost room prices

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 20, 2018

Comparing the practice to a surreptitious deal struck between the world’s biggest beverage bottlers to not trample on the other’s advertising turf, a new class action lawsuit accuses the country’s biggest hoteliers of illegally conspiring to boost room prices by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

Judge saws off class action vs Home Depot over size of 4x4s, other lumber

By Scott Holland | Mar 13, 2018

A federal judge has cut short a federal class action complaint accusing Home Depot of selling undersized lumber.

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