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Drugmaker Auxilium wins at jury in its first bellwether trial over testosterone therapy drug Testim

While their competitor AbbVie seeks to undo jury verdicts worth nearly $290 million over testosterone replacement therapy drugs, drugmaker Auxilium has received a clean bill from a jury in its first court test over claims it and other similar drugmakers should be made to pay for alleged misleading marketing that led men to take the drugs, and suffered heart attacks as a result.

Judge: Testosterone replacement drug bellwether OK to proceed vs Testim maker Auxilium

After two federal juries delivered $140 million verdicts against AbbVie, competing drugmaker Auxilium will be headed to trial over claims its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim caused heart attacks in men who took the drug to treat “off-label” conditions, spurred by what plaintiffs alleged was misleading marketing from drugmakers.

Woman fails to convince court that Lollapalooza's promoters responsible for her broken ankle

A state appeals panel says a woman can't press her claims a promoter for the Lollapalooza music festival is to blame for a broken ankle she suffered at the event in Chicago six years ago.

Class action: Groupon violates ADA by not offering comparable deals accessible to disabled

A man with spina bifida has accused Groupon of discrimination for not offering comparable products accessible to those with disabilities alongside other offered deals, including discounted hotel stays and football tickets.

Judge OKs $5.2M settlement for banks vs Kmart over data breach; $1.7M to lawyers

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $5.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit by financial companies against Kmart over a data breach, including $1.7 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Federal judge scrambles Koch Foods’ dismissal motion in suit claiming chicken catchers not properly paid

Suburban-based poultry wholesaler Koch Foods has laid an egg in Chicago federal court, with its failed motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by former chicken handlers, who claim the company failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime.

Attorney says retailers could avoid class actions by learning from Kohl's ADA ruling

Retailer Kohl’s won't face a class action lawsuit over wheelchair accessibility in its stores - and other retailers can learn from the decision, employment and labor attorney John. J. Michels Jr. told the Cook County Record.

Class action: Walgreens charges insured, Medicare customers too much for prescription drugs

A multi-state class action complaint filed March 23 in federal court in Chicago accuses Walgreens of fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment in relation with the way it prices prescription drugs. 

Judge: Man can sue McDonald's for not allowing legally blind to order late night food at drive-thru on foot

A blind man has been cleared to pull forward with a class action vs McDonald’s, alleging the world’s leading purveyor of fast food discriminates against those with visual disabilities and others who cannot drive by leaving only their drive-thru lanes open for service late at night, and declining to serve anyone who is not in a car.

Chicago State says insurer committed fraud by denying coverage for $4.2M verdict in whistleblower case

Chicago State University has sued an insurance company, saying a court should force the insurer to help the school pay more than $4.2 million to satisfy a judgment resulting from a lawsuit brought by a former who claimed the university had wrongly fired him for exposing an attempt by the university's former president to improperly collect a pension.

New laws at state, local level bring changes in 2017 employers should be mindful of, labor attorney says

As the calendar flips to a new year, a host of new laws in Illinois and elsewhere will take effect, including a number of which employers should particularly be mindful.

Judge's temporary order on overtime rule could hint at its fate, attorney says

Days before the rule was set to take effect, a federal judge in Texas blocked a U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have extended overtime pay to upwards of 4 million salaried workers. The Department of Labor has appealed. The decisions in the meantime could produce confusion, a Chicago employment lawyer said.

‘Third view’ of bare metal defense could complicate asbestos litigation

A federal judge in Louisiana made waves in a recent asbestos lawsuit, delivering a ruling establishing a potential “third view” on the so-called “bare metal defense” deployed by industrial defendants against asbestos exposure litigation.

Class action: Cook County court bonds too high, discriminatory; keep those awaiting trial in jail too long

A class action complaint leveled against Cook County has accused Sheriff Tom Dart and the county of imposing onerous bonds on people charged with crimes, essentially forcing them to remain detained pending a trial. 

Insurer says Chicago State's lawyers owe for mistakes leading to $3 million whistleblower verdict

An insurance company has sued the law firm who defended Chicago State University against a lawsuit brought by whistleblower fired for refusing to bottle up public documents pertaining to the school’s former president’s pension and salary, with the insurer now alleging the lawyers’ missteps led to a multi-million dollar judgment for the whistleblower.

Federal appeals court: PF Chang's can be sued over potential ID theft from data breach

A Chicago federal appeals panel has given the P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain a case of legal indigestion, by reversing a district court’s dismissal of a class action suit brought by two diners, who claimed they were vulnerable to identity theft, because the chain’s allegedly poor data security allowed hackers to obtain diners’ debit and credit card information.

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

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.

Man accuses EN Bisso & Sons of racial discrimination

NEW ORLEANS – A 52-year-old African-American man is suing his employer, alleging age and race discrimination.

Zurich: Yellow Cab should defend itself vs taxi drivers' independent contractor lawsuit

While a federal appeals court ponders a lawsuit alleging taxi drivers should actually be considered employees and not independent contractors, an insurance company has asked a Cook County judge to declare one of the cab companies being sued should need to find some means other than an insurance claim to fund its defense against the allegations it has violated federal labor law in how it classifies and pays its drivers.