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Ex-drivers for Vehi-Ship file putative class action suit claiming FLSA violations

Two former employees of a Texas-based vehicle transportation company recently filed a putative class-action suit against the company claiming they and other employees were not paid for all hours worked and all overtime hours.

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.

GM needs to pay for Corvette Z06 models that overheat on the race track, class action says

A group of Corvette Z06 owners who like their hot wheels say General Motors is the reason they – and their big ticket rides - can’t stay cool while driving.

Trinity Health Corporation, others accused of negligence leading to hip amputation

A couple is suing Trinity Health Corporation, Loyola University Medical Center, Loyola University Health System, doctors Gerard Abbood, Adrian Dobrowolsky, Michael Anstadt, Zachary Bastian, Cynthia Weber, Richard Gonzalez, and Jacqueline Brosius and two nurses for alleged negligence.

Class action: Meijer's employee fingerprint scans violate IL biometric privacy law

Meijer, one of the largest retailers in the Chicago area and the Midwest, has become the latest target of a growing wave of class action lawsuits accusing employers of violating an Illinois state law regulating the collection of fingerprints and other “biometric” identifiers.

Ford settles discrimination claims at two Chicago facilities with $10.1M settlement with EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced a $10.1 million settlement with Ford, ending an investigation of sex and racial harassment claims at two Chicago Ford Motor Co. plants.

Judge: Class action can continue, in part, vs Nature's Bounty over St. John's Wort supplements

A class action suit accusing the maker of herbal supplements of not including enough herbs in their supplements will be allowed to continue, in part, after a federal judge agreed only to dismiss certain elements of the lawsuit against Nature’s Bounty.

Ford Motor Company, others accused of including asbestos in their products

A family is suing several companies over a relative's exposure to asbestos.

IL Sup Ct puts hold on Cook judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

Employee accuses Dart Container Corp of discrimination

An employee is suing Dart Container Corp., an employer, citing alleged discrimination and retaliation.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Judge curbs Illinois class action vs Ford over exhaust odors in cars

An Illinois man will not be allowed to pursue his attempt at a class action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company over exhaust odors that had accumulated in passenger cabins of some of their vehicles – in part because a similar class action is nearing settlement in Florida.

Holy Family Medical Center allegedly failed to prevent pressure ulcers

The family of a deceased man is suing Presence Holy Family Medical Center and Presence Ballard Rehabilitation, and affiliated entities for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent the patient from developing pressure ulcers

Illinois considering adopting Uniform Bar Examination; Chicago Kent College law dean in support

Illinois is considering whether to adopt the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), a nationally recognized standardized legal bar exam that is rapidly gaining acceptance nationwide. And a Chicago law school dean on the committee weighing the question said he believes adopting the UBE would be a smart move.

Racketeering charges dismissed vs Fiat Chrysler, but Napleton Auto Group's fraud suit proceeds

Fiat Chrysler still faces a legal challenge from owners of a network of auto dealerships in the Chicago area and elsewhere, though it succeeded in removing federal racketeering accusations. 

Seventh Circuit says employers can't force workers to sign away rights to sue over OT, other wage claims

Employers can still ask employees to sign contracts sending disputes over overtime or other wage and hour issues to arbitration, bypassing the courts. But a federal appeals panel in Chicago said any attempts to force employees to sign such agreements as a condition of employment violates federal law, leaving such contracts unenforceable.

Malibu Media loses porn piracy case vs Doe after no downloaded materials found on Doe's computer

A Chicago federal magistrate judge laid low a lawsuit by Malibu Media - a litigious online skin flick distributor - which alleged an internet pirate infringed its copyright by downloading two dozen movies without permission, saying Malibu failed to present computer forensics evidence backing its claim.

Class action says Ford knew about 'inherent defect' in PowerShift transmission, never told car owners

A Plainfield woman has brought a class action suit against Ford, claiming the automaker knew the PowerShift transmission it offers on Fiestas and Focuses is defective, but has never publicly acknowledged the defect or offered restitution to vehicle owners.

Cook County demands Kellogg's cough up $2.1 million for allegedly bummed steam heat at SW side plant

Cook County has served up a demand for more than $2 million to the Kellogg Company, demanding the maker of breakfast cereals, cookies and other foods cough up the money the county says Kellogg owes for more than a decade’s worth of steam heat provided to a Kellogg’s plant on the city’s southwest side, across the street from the Cook County Jail.

John Crane renews demands judge reject 'revolutionary' sanctions sought by Ford over asbestos case actions

Lawyers for John Crane Inc. have again asked a Cook County judge to reject demands by Ford Motors and other asbestos co-defendants to punish Crane, saying Ford has asked the court to do "something nothing short of revolutionary" in response to allegations Crane allowed plaintiffs' lawyers to use it as a “shill” to prevent other defendants from moving asbestos cases out of Cook County's courts.