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Judge lets Liberty Mutual keep pressing $17M workers comp billing fraud case vs back clinic

A Cook County judge is allowing a group of insurers, led by Liberty Mutual, to move ahead with a fraud action against a medical practice they have accused of false billing in workers comp cases.

Judge pauses Chicago opioid lawsuit; judges mull consolidating host of similar cases nationally

A federal judge has placed on hold the city of Chicago’s lawsuit accusing the makers of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet – so-called “opioids” – of falsely marketing their drugs to doctors. defrauding City Hall and other employee health plan administrators, while giving time for a panel of federal judges to decide if the action should be consolidated with other similar lawsuits, brought by cities and others, now pending in other jurisdictions.

Judge balks at big poultry producers' attempt to crack chicken price fixing antitrust class action

A federal judge will allow one of the country’s leading food service distributors and a group of others balking at the high price of chicken to continue to peck away at a federal antitrust action accusing the country’s largest poultry producers of fixing prices for their birds.

Lawsuit says Walgreens must pay for selling J&J talc products allegedly linked to ovarian cancer

As Johnson & Johnson continues to grapple with hundreds of lawsuits in courts across the country alleging links between its products containing talcum powder to ovarian cancer, Walgreens now also faces legal action for selling such products, in an action recently introduced in Cook County court.

Light maker wants to sock it to Chicago City Hall, contractor, alleging rigged $160M lighting project

A suburban manufacturer of electric lighting units is blowing its fuse, and as an outlet is in federal court, alleging the city of Chicago, a municipal financing group and an energy service provider short-circuited the bidding process for a huge public lighting modernization project, to exclude the manufacturer's lights in favor of General Electric products.

Zoll Services LLC, others sued for death of patient wearing defective LifeVest defibrillator

A woman is suing Zoll Services LLC and related corporate entities; Symphony of Midway; Dr. Amer Husseini; Dr. Malkan Patel; a nurse; and an unidentified Zoll employee for alleged design defect, liability, negligence and product liability.

City of Chicago passes zoning ordinance to ensure 'affordable housing' in three hot residential zones

The Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance intended to compel developers of new apartment buildings and other residential housing to set aside a greater percentage of "affordable housing" within certain zones in or near the city's downtown.

Appeals court: Legal maneuver to use different court rule to intercept TCPA class action still won't fly

A federal appeals court has shot down a gambit by a company attempting to swat down a junk fax class action lawsuit by depositing with the court a payment it believed to satisfy the claims of the lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, as judges said they did not believe the attempt to use a seeming loophole in a recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling is different enough from the very act the nation’s high court wouldn’t fly under the law.

Couple suing over effects of Levaquin must show how drugmaker lied, judge says

A Chicago federal judge has ruled a suburban woman must describe, in her lawsuit against global drug maker Johnson & Johnson, how the company allegedly lied about possible effects of its antibiotic Levaquin, which the woman said caused her to develop a number of ailments.

Dialysis patient claims uneven carpet at Fresenius Kidney Care led to fall, injuries

A woman is suing Fresenius Kidney Care, citing alleged liability, negligence and that insufficient measures were taken to maintain safe premises.

Husband and wife allege talc in Johnson & Johnson powder caused cancer

A married couple are suing Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens for product liability and other claims, asserting the manufacturer and drug store retailer should be made to pay for making and selling baby powder that allegedly caused ovarian cancer.

CVS can be sued in Illinois for automated calls to remind about flu shots, federal judge says

A class action suit against CVS Pharmacy and its MinuteClinic will proceed after a federal judge in Chicago denied a motion to dismiss the complaint, saying the drug store chain can’t shake the lawsuit accusing them of breaking federal anti-robocalling laws when the clinic placed calls to people’s mobile phones to remind them about getting flu shots. 

$5M settlement to end Bedtime Bath products class action vs Johnson & Johnson; $1.5M for lawyers

The people behind a false advertising class action lawsuit that said Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath baby products did not make babies as sleepy as the company claimed are asking a judge to formally approve a $5 million settlement, according to a motion filed Jan. 4. The settlement would include nearly $1.5 million for attorneys, while the individual plaintiffs would collect service awards of $5,000 each. Members of the class could receive up to $15 each, if they submit eligible claims. 

Judge: Federal law blocks IL law complaint vs Liberty Mutual over excessive flood insurance premiums

Liberty Mutual will no longer have to defend itself in a class action after a federal judge in Chicago granted its motion to dismiss the complaint, which accused the insurer of overcharging many customers for flood insurance.

'Joint employer' lawsuit vs Amazon, trucking companies illustrates reach of doctrine pushed by NLRB

A class action lawsuit recently filed against Amazon and a trucking operation that works with the online retailer illustrate the reach of the "joint employer" doctrine now being expanded by federal regulators, an attorney who focuses on labor and employment issues.

Peoria hospital's exclusive contracts did not unreasonably block competition, federal court rules

Whether a smaller health care provider was prevented by a larger competitor from competing made a difference in a recent federal court decision that could set precedent in exclusive contracts, according to a Washington-based antitrust attorney. In late September, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria ruled that OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the largest hospital in Peoria, did not violate federal antitrust law when it entered into contracts with major commerci

Chicago judge tosses Ohio dentist's junk fax suit vs Conn.-based CareCredit lender

A federal judge will not allow an Ohio dentist to use Chicago’s federal courtrooms to sue the Connecticut-based lender behind CareCredit for allegedly sending unsolicited faxes and making unwanted phone calls advertising the medical bill consumer credit product.

Insurance company seeks damages after house fire

CHICAGO – An insurance company has filed a suit against a Downers Grove construction company alleging that its employees' negligence caused a house fire.

Class action says Pepperidge Farm needs to treat in-store display workers as employees, not contractors

A federal class action lawsuit claims cookie and cracker maker Pepperidge Farm has exploited the workers who deliver, set up and maintain its product displays in supermarkets and other stores, treating these workers like employees, but classifying them as independent contractors, contrary to labor law.

Ohio dentist uses Chicago courts to sue Conn.-based Synchrony over faxed Care Credit ads

Chicago federal court is the venue an Ohio dentist chose for his class-action complaint against a Connecticut-based lending firm he said repeatedly placed calls to his office and sent unwanted faxed ads promoting its consumer credit products, in violation of federal law.