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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

New federal law provides incentives for medical research

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.

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

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

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

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.

Judge orders SharkNinja to clean up its act in trying to blow away rival Dyson's false advertising suit

A fed up federal judge has yanked the plug on a New England vacuum cleaner company’s effort to force test results from a rival Chicago vacuum maker, warning the company it is flirting with sanctions if it keeps trying to inflate an alleged false advertising case beyond its parameters.

Judge clears nationwide lawsuit to proceed vs Rustoleum over 'latent defects' in Restore deck products

A federal judge has given the green light to a class action against the makers of Rustoleum, saying, to this point, the plaintiffs in the nationwide warranty and consumer fraud litigation over “latent defects” in the Restore deck restoration product have produced enough evidence and legal precedent to move forward with their case.

Judge pulls plug on doctor's suit vs Stroger Hospital over retaliation for reporting alleged misuse of federal grant money, discrimination

A Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on a Cook County doctor's lawsuit, ruling the statute of limitations expired before he brought his action against John J. Stroger Hospital and county medical officials for allegedly firing and discriminating against him, because he is an Arab Muslim and blew the whistle on alleged fraud at the hospital.

Chicago plaintiffs pour local lawsuit into mix of rising nationwide litigation vs McCormick over black pepper slack fill

Culinary experts may disagree on what constitutes a dash of pepper, but residents of Chicago and Altoona, Iowa, have joined their names to a growing list of litigants making a federal case out of the amount of the spice in jars sold by McCormick & Company throughout the country. Julia Vladimirsky, of Chicago, and Bernard Ortiz, of Altoona, Iowa, filed a class action complaint against spice purveyor McCormick and Wal-Mart Stores, alleging the companies changed the amount of black pepper in newer

Defunct boiler maker, crippled by asbestos claims, files for bankruptcy again

Defunct boiler manufacturer Oakfabco, formerly known as Kewanee Boiler Corporation, has filed for bankruptcy -- the second time in less than 30 years -- and is looking to establish a trust for the asbestos claims that have crippled it, including the 3,400 active cases it is currently facing.