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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.

Class action: Floor and Decor sells tiles that don't measure up; mimics lumber suits vs Home Depot, Menards

In the wake of attempted class action lawsuits aimed at Home Depot and Menards over the size of lumber pieces they sell, Floor and Decor has become the latest class action target, as a new lawsuit claims they sell ceramic and glass tiles that allegedly don’t quite measure up to the dimensions listed on the tag and packaging.

Who left the pallet jack in the aisle? Judge says enough evidence exists to let suit continue vs Home Depot

A federal judge has rejected Home Depot's attempt to dismiss a personal injury and liability complaint against the retailer and a vendor brought by a woman who claimed she was hurt when she fell over a pallet jack in the home improvement chain's Joliet store.

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.

Judge cuts short class action vs Menards over lumber sizes; could impact similar suit vs Home Depot

A Chicago federal judge has sawed off a class action aimed at one of the Chicago area’s largest big box home improvement chains, saying Menards didn’t unjustly save big money by selling 4x4s and other pieces of lumber that don’t measure up their names.

Home Depot U.S.A. Inc., others accused of negligence after drain cleaning device severs finger

A man is suing The Home Depot and its store in Homewood, and Electric Eel Manufacturing Company Inc. for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Home Depot accused of wrongful termination

A man is suing the Home Depot for allegedly violating the Family and Medical Leave Act and for alleged wrongful termination.

Willowbrook woman assaulted, stabbed by home invader sues Kwikset, Home Depot over failed lock

A woman attacked in her Willowbrook home in 2015 is trying to hold responsible the companies that made and sold the lock on the door the assailant broke through to gain entry.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reaches $2 million settlement with UPS in disability discrimination suit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has brokered a $2 million settlement with UPS stemming from a 2009 suit in which the shipping giant was accused of regularly discriminating against workers with disabilities.

Judge breaks down cardboard antitrust action, says prices were raised, but no evidence of scheme

A Chicago federal judge has boxed up a class action antitrust suit against two containerboard companies, which alleged the companies conspired to fix prices, saying plaintiffs may have raised prices and cut production, but defendants failed to show the acts were part of a scheme and not simply reactions to the market.

IL Sup Ct puts hold on Cook judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

Consumer accuses Dynamic Recovery Solutions, Crown Asset Management of misrepresenting debt

A consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against Dynamic Recovery Solutions LLC and Crown Asset Management LLC, for alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Home Depot: Class action over size of 2x4s, other lumber, lacks foundation, should be tossed

Facing a class action lawsuit claiming the retailer should be made to pay for selling lumber that doesn’t measure up to its listed dimensions, Home Depot has hammered back, arguing it should not be made to answer for simply selling its products using terms common within the home improvement and construction business.

Judge refuses class action vs lawyers, IT vendor accused of using crash reports to drum up business

Saying plaintiffs would be hard pressed to demonstrate precisely how otherwise-protected information may have ended up on police vehicle crash reports, a Chicago federal judge has refused to allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against St. Louis-based personal injury firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, accused of purchasing traffic crash reports and using personal information from those reports to solicit business from potential clients.

Reinstatement of lawsuit vs Home Depot over woman's murder could open door to more employer liability

An appeals court's decision to reverse the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging The Home Depot and one of its flower suppliers should be held responsible the off-site murder of young woman by her male supervisor, could affect future employer liability cases.

Sterling Energy Sector Fund allegedly misled investor

A manager of a company is suing Sterling Energy Sector Fund LP, employees Mark J. Paulino, David Samuel Oslinger, Oliver James Sterling, Eric Carnegey and Garwood Securities LLC, Stonegate Administration Fund LLC and Stonegate Global Fund Services LLC for allegedly misrepresenting the performance of an investment fund. 

EEOC adds online portal for filing employer discrimination claims; Chicago selected for pilot program

Employees in the Chicago area and other select metropolitan areas will now be able to initiate employment discrimination claims against their employers through an online portal.

Federal appeals court: ADA accommodation rules don't rule out competition for jobs; SCOTUS could decide

A decision by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga., says employers are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to surrender the search for the best qualified candidate for a job when considering a disability accommodation job transfer request from a disabled employee. 

Hotwire, Hotels.com, other online travel sites to pay Lombard $459K to settle hotel taxes lawsuit

The village of Lombard will reap a $459,000 payday from the operators of six of the biggest online travel websites – the only Illinois municipality allowed to do so - after a federal judge signed off on a deal to end a years-long court fight over claims the travel sites had stiffed Lombard and other suburban Chicago communities of hotel taxes.

Firearms auction site Gunbroker.com says IL agency's attempt to regulate its business unconstitutional, illegal

The Georgia-based operators of an online firearms auction site have challenged the authority of the state of Illinois to regulate their business, claiming a January decision by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to take aim at the business is unconstitutional and treats the business unfairly.