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Black workers OK to continue discrimination suit vs staffer, employers allegedly favoring Hispanics

A group of companies facing racial discrimination lawsuits for allegedly passing over black workers in favor of Hispanic workers when hiring temporary workers, failed in their attempt to have the complaints dismissed.

Bud's Ambulance allegedly scanned employee fingerprints without consent

An employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against Bud's Ambulance for allegedly violating state law.

Appeals panel: Chance exists Ledcor might be held liable for other firm's worker, so insurer must defend

Noting there is a possibility contractor Ledcor could yet be ordered to pay for injuries suffered on a job site by another company's employee, a state appeals panel has refused to let Pekin Insurance walk away from the case.

Insurer can treat thousands of asbestos claims vs manufacturer as single insurable occurrence, appeals court says

A state appeals panel has come down on the side of insurers in an ongoing legal dispute with a manufacturer over the question of whether thousands of asbestos exposure-related lawsuits arising from the same company's products should be treated as a single "occurrence" or multiple occurrences for the purposes of determining how much the insurer would be obligated to pay.

Judge: Suit can proceed vs Target claiming justifies firing Hispanics over fake Social Security numbers

A federal judge will allow a woman to proceed, for now, with a lawsuit against Target, claiming the retailer targeted her and other Hispanic employees by accusing them of having fake Social Security numbers.

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.