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Federal judge says general contractor had enough control of construction site to prevent fatal accident

John Sammon Oct. 27, 2017, 5:46pm

A federal judge has rejected a call for summary judgment that attempted to dismiss a case involving the death of a construction worker who fell from a second-story balcony that allegedly had been left unsecured.

Ford Motor Company, others accused of including asbestos in their products

Louie Torres Sep. 23, 2017, 3:15am

A family is suing several companies over a relative's exposure to asbestos.

After winning settlement, lawyers fight over their shares of the spoils in NCAA concussion class action

Dan Churney Sep. 19, 2017, 4:54pm

Lawyers are scrimmaging in Chicago federal court over $21 million in fees for handling the nationwide concussion lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries.

Depuy Orthopaedics Inc. accused of designing defective hip prosthesis

Louie Torres Sep. 7, 2017, 2:00am

A woman is suing Depuy Orthopaedics Inc. and Premier Orthopaedic Sales Inc. for alleged design defect, liability and product liability.

Federal judge tosses some accusations vs testosterone drug makers on eve of Androgel bellwether trials

Dan Churney May 16, 2017, 3:34pm

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed several. but not all of the claims against the maker of a testosterone boosting drug, advanced by several plaintiffs chosen as bellwethers in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. against multiple drug manufacturers, including Besins, AbbVie, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline.

7th Circ. LGBT Title VII sex discrimination decision puts employers on notice; SCOTUS to ultimately decide

Nicholas Gueguen Apr. 11, 2017, 7:22pm

In the wake of a recent decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago, employers will no longer be able to necessarily be able to seek refuge in existing federal civil rights law against discrimination claims brought by gay, lesbian or transgendered employees, as the federal appeals judges said federal prohibitions against sex discrimination should be stretched to include those who fall under the LGBT banner, upsetting decades of established precedent on that question.

Drug makers' testosterone replacement drug injured Georgia resident, suit claims

Louie Torres Apr. 10, 2017, 12:53pm

A Georgia man is suing several drug makers, including GlaxoSmithKline and Auxilium, for alleged design defect, liability and negligence for injuries he suffered while taking testosterone drugs.

Lawyers behind NCAA concussion settlement request combined $21M in fees

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 18, 2017, 5:28pm

Laywers behind the nationwide concussion class action lawsuit against the NCAA, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries, have now asked a Chicago federal judge to award them attorney fees of $15 million. And attorneys with Edelson P.C., who represented an objector to the initial settlement and claims their work added $50 million to the settlement, has requested the court order an additional $6 million in fees.

7th Circuit Court dismisses claim to declare student-athletes employees

John Myers Dec. 30, 2016, 10:34am

CHICAGO – A class action lawsuit filed by a pair of former student athletes failed to make the grade as far as the 7th District Circuit Court is concerned.

Ameristar Casino, patrons OK to pursue lawsuit accusing union of targeting, harassing customers

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 20, 2016, 6:51pm

A federal judge has cleared an East Chicago casino and a group of its customers to proceed with a lawsuit against a union, saying the union’s actions to escalate its long running labor feud with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and visits to their homes and businesses, could be considered illegal harassment going beyond mere “handbilling” and other forms of permissible persuasive speech.

Zimmer OK to subpoena records to discover how consulting group may be aiding knee implant plaintiffs

Dan Churney Nov. 4, 2016, 2:43pm

A federal judge has allowed knee implant maker Zimmer, which is the target of hundreds of lawsuits alleging defective implants, to subpoena records to see if a doctor changed his opinion to help several plaintiffs skirt designation as bellwether trials. 

Evanston business owner sues union for harassing him amid labor fight vs E. Chicago casino

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 9, 2016, 3:32pm

An administrator and part owner at an Evanston mental illness treatment center has sued a labor union, accusing the labor group of unfairly harassing him and invading his privacy as part of the union’s ongoing dispute with an Indiana casino.

Pop Warner youth football hit with concussion class action; adds to growing list of CTE lawsuits

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 7, 2016, 4:49pm

Even as lawsuits continue to pile on in Chicago federal courtrooms against colleges and universities over football-induced concussions, a new front in the legal scrimmage has opened, as plaintiffs have lined up to tackle youth football powerhouse Pop Warner over brain injuries allegedly suffered by young teen athletes.

Ameristar Casino lawsuit: Union harassing customers at their homes, businesses over boycott

The Cook County Record May 20, 2016, 11:20am

Indiana’s Ameristar Casino and a group of the casino’s patrons have sued a local union, claiming the labor group has gone too far in its dispute with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and other messages to pressure them to join the union’s boycott of the casino. On May 19, Ameristar Casino East Chicago filed suit in Chicago federal court against Chicago-based labor union Unite Here Local 1.

Hip replacement patient sues over blood contamination

Robert Hadley Feb. 10, 2016, 4:19pm

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing the manufacturer and distributor of an alleged faulty artificial hip replacement device, claiming defects in design.

Judge tosses insurers' RICO class action vs testosterone drug makers, saying not specific enough

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 4, 2016, 5:38pm

A federal judge has tossed, with leave to amend, the bulk of a federal racketeering and fraud class action brought by an Ohio-based health insurer against Abbvie and other makers of testosterone drugs, saying the insurer has not yet backed up with enough particularity its allegations the drugmakers invented the condition known as “low T,” and, through false marketing to doctors, patients and insurers alike, induced insurers and others to pay far more for the drugs to treat the condition.

Judge grants conditional OK to settlement deal to end NCAA concussion litigation

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 27, 2016, 4:58pm

A federal judge has signed off on an agreement to settle the bulk of the litigation against the National Collegiate Athletic Association over concussions and other brain injuries suffered by college athletes nationwide. On Tuesday, Jab. 26, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee granted preliminary approval to the settlement agreement between the NCAA and a potential class of more than 4.4 million student athletes nationwide.

Judge clears sale of hotels worth $86 million amid ongoing First Farmers fraud litigation

Scott Holland Sep. 9, 2015, 10:11pm

The online sale of five hotel properties worth a combined $86 million is proceeding after a federal judge in Chicago approved the transaction, which is connected to an ongoing lawsuit regarding a multi-million dollar fraudulent loan scheme. Pennant Management is embroiled in legal proceedings after accusing First Farmers Financial of selling it the federally guaranteed portions of 26 fraudulent loans allegedly worth $180 million.

Weevils in the Red Vines sparks lawsuit by Ferrara Candy vs American Licorice

Scott Holland Sep. 7, 2015, 12:20am

The candy man can take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew, but he apparently draws the line at rice weevils. Ferrara Candy Company, the century-old Oak Brook corporation behind iconic candy brands like Brach’s, Red Hots and Lemonheads, filed a federal complaint Aug. 31 in Chicago against American Licorice Company, which supplied Ferrara with its Red Vines candy, several batches of which were allegedly infested with rice weevils.