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Little Caesars, ABT Electronics, Choice Hotels among latest hit by class actions over worker fingerprint scans

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 5, 2019

Four more big name brands, including Little Caesars, ABT Electronics and Choice Hotels, have been added to the list of employers facing class action lawsuits in Cook County courts under an Illinois privacy law, following a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

From Legal Newsline

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Judge: Feds wrong to abruptly cut off funds for Chicago children's psychiatric hospital accused of abuse

By Dan Churney | Dec 31, 2018

A federal judge has ordered a children's psychiatric hospital in Chicago, where patients have allegedly been exposed to “rampant” abuse, should continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds while the facility gets the chance to argue the federal government did not give the hospital time to correct problems.

From SE Texas Record

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Marriott International sues Tech Exec Networks for alleged unpaid bills

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 29, 2018

Marriott Marquis Chicago is suing Tech Exec Networks Inc., alleging the Georgia-based corporation failed to pay an outstanding bill of more than $50,000 for sleeping rooms, banquet food and other services.

Appeals court tosses $3M verdict vs GSK, says FDA, not drugmaker, controlled Paxil warning label

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 22, 2018

A federal appeals panel has tossed out a $3 million verdict vs GSK for the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic equivalent of GSK's drug, Paxil. The judges said the company can't be held responsible for language on the warning label when that language was controlled by the FDA.

Relatives sue Swedish Covenant, others for fall allegedly suffered by man who left hospital after stroke

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 20, 2018

Independent executors are suing medical facilities, citing alleged negligent care and supervision.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: Vice President of Insurance Underwriting Group Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining $13.5 Million in Phony “Matching Deductible” Policies

By Press release submission | Jul 24, 2018

The vice president of an insurance underwriting group fraudulently obtained more than $13.5 million from a corporate client by fraudulently issuing and collecting premium payments on “matching deductible” policies, according to federal criminal charges filed today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: 6 Defendants Charged in Federal Investigation Targeting Narcotics Sales in Rockford

By Press release submission | Jul 18, 2018

Six individuals are facing federal criminal charges as part of an investigation into heroin and crack cocaine sales in the Rockford area.

Appeals panel: Lawsuit over pedestrian accident in Kane County belongs in Kane courts, not Cook

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2018

A case involving a Kane County woman who allegedly was struck by a vehicle driven by a Redbox employee in Kane County is headed to circuit court in that county after a state appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to change the venue from Cook County.

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.

With regulation in flux, litigation over website accessibility for the blind, other ADA rules, could also remain unsettled

By Angela Underwood | Jan 21, 2018

In the wake of the Trump administration's decision to stop drafting new regulations on the accessibility of "websites, furniture and non-fixed equipment," a labor and employment attorney says this area of law could remain open for a while, as the courts work through the questions in a patchwork of judicial decisions.

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.

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