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GSK: Apply West Virginia ruling on drug label liability to appeal of $3M verdict over Chicago lawyer's suicide

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 18, 2018

As a federal appeals court in Chicago prepares to hear arguments later this month on the question of whether a drug company should bear responsibility for the effects of a generic equivalent medication they did not make or sell, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has asked the judges to lend weight to a West Virginia Supreme Court delivered in recent days, which declared using drug warning labels to hold innovators liable for harm caused by a generic copy of their product would “sever the connection between risk and reward,” both raising prices and reducing innovation.

Class action: CNA Financial improperly raised long-term care insurance policy rates

By Scott Holland | May 11, 2018

CNA Financial Corp. is facing a federal class action complaint accusing it of improperly raising rates on long-term policyholders.

Abbott Laboratories, others allegedly failed to warn people about dangers associated with protein pump inhibitors

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 8, 2018

An estate administrator is suing Abbott Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Holdings US LLC and several other companies for alleged breach of implied warranty, breach of warranty, fraud and product liability.

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Judge in massive opioid case watching plaintiff lawyer spending, orders them to fly coach

By Daniel Fisher | May 2, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry ordered plaintiffs’ attorneys to keep monthly records of the time they spend on their cases down to a tenth of an hour and imposed strict rules on who can collect fees, in an effort to prevent the excesses that have drawn criticism in other class actions and mass tort cases.

Judge: Chicago can allegedly choose to pay more for 'worse' lighting products without breaking antitrust laws

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 16, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug, for now, on an antitrust action accusing the city of Chicago, the city’s municipal financing group and a contractor in charge of a huge city public lighting project of jumping the bidding process to ensure General Electric would come out on top.

Massachusetts product liability ruling may have bearing on GSK appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Karen Kidd | Apr 13, 2018

The thinking behind a Massachusetts ruling that brand-name manufacturers can he held liable for injuries suffered by patients who take generic versions of the drug those manufacturers innovate could have bearing in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago.

Trump's NLRB may undo rule giving grad students right to unionize; unions taking different approach

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2018

The Trump administration may push back—if it can—an Obama-era National Labor Relations Board decision that gave U.S. college and university graduate student workers the right to organize, which has been embraced by major unions.

Class action: Hoteliers conspired to manipulate online search ad results, boost room prices

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 20, 2018

Comparing the practice to a surreptitious deal struck between the world’s biggest beverage bottlers to not trample on the other’s advertising turf, a new class action lawsuit accuses the country’s biggest hoteliers of illegally conspiring to boost room prices by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

Indiana Supreme Court decision in fantasy football case won't be 'a show-stopper,' entertainment attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Mar 12, 2018

Whether fantasy sports companies may use players' likenesses without their permission, a question now before both Chicago's federal appeals court and the Indiana Supreme Court, could have implications for some real-life athletes, but likely won't kill the virtual game.

$295M settlement wins nod to end price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers get $35M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 9, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $295 million deal to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for many of its customers, allegedly costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Judge: Ex-Aon Bolivia CEO can't sidestep $20M lawsuit over alleged double-dealing

By Scott Holland | Mar 7, 2018

A federal judge has refused to let the former CEO of a South American Aon subsidiary end a $20 million federal lawsuit he faces in Chicago, in which he is accused of funneling company funds.

Judge asked to OK final $295M deal to end Stericycle price hike class action; lawyers request $42M

By Scott Holland | Feb 15, 2018

A federal judge has been asked to grant final approval to a $295 million settlement deal ending a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for its “small quantity” customers under an automatic price increase policy.

Dunkin' Donuts can't sidestep class action over blueberry content in donuts

By David Hutton | Jan 18, 2018

Dunkin' Donuts will need to try again to poke holes in a lawsuit claiming it deceived consumers about how much blueberry is actually in a blueberry donut, after a Chicago federal judge refused to toss the class action.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, others allegedly failed to prevent woman from falling in lobby of Hotel Chicago Downtown

By Louie Torres | Jan 9, 2018

A woman is suing LaSalle Hotel Properties; Hei Hospitality LLC; Bulley & Andrews LLC; Stantec Inc., as successor in interest to Voa Associates Incorporated; and Ajax Consulting Services LLC for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Cook County jumps into legal fray vs pharmaceutical makers, hires Simmons, Meyers & Flowers to sue over 'opioids'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 27, 2017

Cook County, the second largest county in the U.S., has added its name to the ever-growing list of local governments demanding the makers of some of the most prescribed opioid painkillers pay out, saying the companies owe big money for costs the county has incurred in treating painkiller addiction and dealing with its aftermath at the county’s hospitals and other institutions.

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 8, 2017

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 7, 2017

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

By Scott Holland | Nov 22, 2017

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

By Scott Holland | Nov 21, 2017

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.

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