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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.

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.

Pressure from Trump, litigation losses aren't stopping EEOC case against Dollar General

By Karen Kidd | Jan 4, 2018

Despite efforts by the Trump administration to pull the reins on many of the recent priorities at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and amid a string of litigation losses, the federal anti-discrimination agency is holding course in pressing its years-long case against Dollar General. But what exactly that signals remains to be seen, according to employment attorney Rod Fliegel, who co-chairs the privacy and background checks practice at the firm of Littler Mendelson.

Divided IL Supreme Court rejects try to hold Northwestern Memorial liable for clinic doctors' actions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 29, 2017

A majority of the state’s highest court has rejected a woman’s attempt to hold Northwestern Memorial Hospital responsible for alleged mistakes made by medical professionals employed by a federally funded health clinic which led to the premature birth of her child, saying the case asks the court to expand Illinois case law on the question of so-called “vicarious liability” for hospitals.

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.

Judge: Fundraising robocalls for Breast Cancer Society OK under federal law; plaintiffs appeal

By Dee Thompson | Nov 20, 2017

A fundraising and marketing company has been let off the hook in a class action lawsuit after a federal judge said its work on behalf of a breast cancer research charity meant it couldn't be made to pay for allegedly violating a federal telemarketing law. However, plaintiffs are appealing that decision.

Sodexo, Comfort Keepers allegedly failed to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

By Louie Torres | Nov 16, 2017

Two estate representatives are suing Sodexo Inc. and two corporate entities doing business as Comfort Keepers, for alleged negligence.

Home health care company MedPro can't sue over Medicare payments suspension, accusations: Judge

By Dee Thompson | Nov 1, 2017

A Tinley Park-based home healthcare company can't pursue their fraud claims against a Medicare administrative company that stopped paying them over belief the home healthcare provider had received improper payments, as a federal judge says it hasn't yet exhausted administrative remedies provided to it through Medicare.

Ex-Wrigley gum plant workers sue flavorings makers for diacetyl exposure, resulting lung diseases

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 20, 2017

A group of former workers at a former chewing gum factory on Chicago’s South Side have brought a wad of lawsuits against 15 companies they claim should be made to pay for allegedly including lung-disease causing chemical compounds in the flavorings with which they worked every day for years.

Judge OKs $4.5M deal to end class action over Instaflex supplement marketing; lawyers get $1.5M

By Scott Holland | Sep 8, 2017

A federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a $4.5 million settlement in a class action regarding the effectiveness of dietary supplement Instaflex, with attorneys slated to receive nearly $1.5 million of the fund.

Ohio woman accuses Coach Inc., others of defamation for claiming she was counterfeiter

By Louie Torres | Jul 7, 2017

A woman is suing Coach Inc., Coach Services Inc. and Greer Burns & Crain Ltd. for alleged defamation.

Intercontinental Hotels latest large employer tagged with class action over employee fingerprint use

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 6, 2017

The owners of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which includes the Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels brands, among others, have become the latest major Illinois employer to come under the sights of plaintiff employees who claim the business has wrongly collected and used employees’ fingerprints and other “biometric” data, in violation of a state privacy law.

Dominos, takeout restaurants fight potentially onerous FDA Obamacare calorie counting rule

By John Breslin | Apr 25, 2017

Takeout restaurants, where the majority of the orders are placed online or over the phone, are making a last push to stop a new regulation that requires all calorie counts to be listed on store menus.

Appeals panel tosses out $84K sanction ordered vs Schaumburg attorney in contract dispute vs PNC

By Scott Holland | Mar 21, 2017

A divided federal appeals panel has tossed an $84,000 sanctions order against an attorney, finding a federal judge abused discretion in imposing the sanctions in a breach of contract suit brought by a telecommunications vendor against PNC Bank. 

New federal law provides incentives for medical research

By Shanice Harris | Jan 19, 2017

Supporters of a new federal health care law, which has implications for drugmakers, researchers, hospitals, doctors and more, say they believe the law, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, will inspire innovation and discovery in medicine.

PNC settles asst. bank managers' unpaid OT claims class action for $6M; $2M to plaintiffs' attorneys

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2016

A little over a year since a group of several hundred assistant bank branch managers sued PNC Bank for allegedly denying them overtime pay, a federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a deal to end the litigation for $6 million, which would send around $2,000 on average to each of the allegedly wronged assistant managers and $2 million to the attorneys who brought the case.

Jail time for Maine egg distributors should prompt caution, diligence from other food execs, attorney says

By Dawn Geske | Aug 26, 2016

Food company executives should be on notice that a new federal emphasis on cracking down on food safety violations could land them in jail, should their company be found liable for food-borne disease outbreaks, after a federal appeals court upheld jail sentences for two corporate officers found responsible for failing to prevent the distribution of eggs contaminated with salmonella that affected 56,000 people.

Some market manipulation claims vs Opana maker chopped under IL law, other states' laws

By Dan Churney | Aug 22, 2016

A Chicago federal judge has chopped a few counts from a huge putative class-action suit – based on laws of various states, including Illinois – accusing the maker of the prescription pain killer Opana of improperly keeping the price of its product high by paying off another pharmaceutical company to delay the release of a generic version of the drug.

Chicago firm Lawyers Inc says Baltimore firm stiffed it of fees from $9.8 million Iowa medmal verdict

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 16, 2016

A Chicago personal injury and medical malpractice law firm has taken to the courts against a Baltimore-based personal injury firm it says stiffed them out of millions of dollars in fees under a case referral deal.

Big banks not on the hook for failing to stop $14 million embezzlement by doctors' bookkeeper

By Scott Holland | May 6, 2016

Three big banks will not be on the hook for millions allegedly embezzled by the former bookkeeper for a group of Chicago area medical practices, after a federal judge agreed the banks had no duty to detect and thwart the fraud, which the doctors said cost them more than $14 million.

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