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IL Supreme Court removes asbestos case from judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 18, 2017, 5:22pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Cook County judge from an asbestos personal injury case, granting a request from lawyers who had asked the court to step in and block a "rogue" judge from continuing his sanctions proceedings amid a bench investigation of a situation the judge said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for a company named as a defendant in the case.

Judge won't budge on $283M penalty assessed vs Dish Network over 3rd-party telemarketer misdeeds

Dan Churney Aug. 16, 2017, 11:00am

A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.

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

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 2, 2017, 2:38pm

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.

District court judge grants win to Comcast, other pay TV service providers in channel menu patent case

Chandra Lye Jun. 30, 2017, 5:33pm

A Chicago federal judge has granted pay TV services, including Comcast, a reprieve from a patent infringement lawsuit over the companies' use of on-screen channel scrolling guides and menus.

Dish Network hit with $283M penalty for third-party telemarketing practices

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 23, 2017, 2:56pm

A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions.

Class action fails to rise vs Whirlpool over overheating self-cleaning ovens

Scott Holland May 12, 2017, 9:23am

A federal judge has denied class certification to Whirlpool customers who said the company sold them defective, overheating ovens, saying their expert witness couldn’t help them establish that all of their oven problems arose from the same source.

Judge junks junk fax class action settlement deal to pay plaintiffs' lawyer 98 percent of proceeds, class members zero

Scott Holland Sep. 24, 2015, 11:05pm

Saying a proposed settlement agreement in which a lawyer would receive over 98 percent of the proceeds “does not come close to meeting the standards of fairness and reasonableness,” a federal judge in Chicago has rejected the request of two truck companies to settle a class action dispute over junk faxes sent by one of the companies. Grok Lines Inc., of Palatine, which initiated a class action claim against Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines, was pursuing a $100,000 settlement.