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Judge pulls plug on class action vs Best Buy over Geek Squad TV repair plans

By Scott Holland | Feb 5, 2019

A federal judge has dismissed a beleaguered class action complaint accusing Best Buy of misrepresenting its Geek Squad product protection plans.

Judge: Plaintiffs have work to do to press labeling fraud claim vs makers of Orijen, Acana brand cat foods

By Scott Holland | Jan 25, 2019

A federal judge took a large bite out of a class action complaint involving the makers of premium cat food.

Lifetime Fitness can't shut down man's slip-and-fall suit asserting light sensors left him in the dark in bathroom

By Scott Holland | Dec 29, 2018

A federal judge said Lifetime Fitness can’t avoid a lawsuit from a man who claims he fell in a dark bathroom in which motion-sensing lights didn’t function as expected, causing him not to see liquid on the floor when he stepped out of a bathroom stall.

Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn’t prove makers Georgia Pacific, Westrock fixed prices

By Dan Churney | Dec 10, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that boarded up a class action antitrust suit against Georgia Pacific and Westrock, which alleged they conspired to fix prices for containerboard. Judges again found the companies were not colluding, but rather making parallel moves in reaction to the market.

Chicago property manger JLL: Ex-tenants can't sue for forcing them to use union labor; allowed under NLRA

By Dan Churney | Nov 20, 2018

The management company that oversees a number of Loop office buildings is saying a suit by an ex-tenant, which alleged the company made them use union rather than cheaper non-union labor for renovations and other work, is groundless, because federal labor laws allow for such union-only conditions.

Suburbs' lawyers: Cities' suit vs opioid makers, distributors belongs in Cook court, not federal 'black hole'

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

Attorneys for a group of Illinois municipalities are fighting an attempt to combine their lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors with a mass of similar litigation already pending in Cleveland federal court.

Lawsuit: Landlord Jones Lang LaSalle forces tenants to use union labor, pay more for 'kickbacks'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 15, 2018

Saying the landlord’s acquiescence to the labor unions’ demands amounts to an illegal conspiracy to generate kickbacks for union contractors, a former tenant of an office high-rise owned by Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago’s Loop has delivered a class action lawsuit against its ex-landlord, demanding the company be made to pay back potentially thousands of current and former tenants throughout the city for forcing them to use more expensive union labor when renovating their offices or moving in or out of office space in the JLL-managed buildings.

Federal court dismisses long-running bankruptcy fee-fixing claim vs BMS, perhaps for last time

By John Breslin | Jul 30, 2018

CHICAGO - The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a claim that a company providing software services in bankruptcy proceedings was involved in a fee-fixing conspiracy, according to a July 2 ruling.

LifeTime Fitness settles ex-trainers' wages, whistleblower class action for $700K; lawyers to get $245K

By DM Herra | Jul 9, 2018

LifeTime Fitness has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a class action brought by a group of former trainers who sued the fitness chain over back wages and claims the company violated whistleblower laws.

Court denies Ameriprise motion to dismiss or transfer Allstate client-poaching case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 22, 2018

Allstate can continue its lawsuit against Ameriprise Financial Services for violating federal trade secrets protection law by allegedly recruiting Allstate's current and former financial specialists to use their knowledge to steal Allstate's customers.

After being tossed in Florida, TV warranty lawsuit hopes to find a forum in IL; Best Buy asks dismissal

By DM Herra | May 30, 2018

A couple whose lawsuit against Best Buy already failed in Florida is trying again in Illinois, claiming the tech retailer’s Geek Squad service plan failed to meet the legal requirements of a warranty.

Illinois appeals panel: Medical providers can't recover interest from employers who pay WC medical bills late

By Elizabeth Alt | May 8, 2018

An Illinois appellate court has decided a health care provider is not entitled to recover interest from employers when they don’t pay worker compensation medical bills on time. Further, the court said such disputes actually may not belong in the courts, at all, but rather with the state's Workers Compensation Commission.

State tax inquiry not 'adversarial' enough to thwart lawsuit vs Best Buy over unpaid sales taxes: Appeal panel

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 20, 2018

Retail chain Best Buy can’t use an Illinois state investigation of its sales practices to sidestep a lawsuit brought by the owners of a Schaumburg Maytag appliance store, ostensibly on behalf of the state, accusing Best Buy, among other retailers, of sales tax fraud by misclassifying certain appliance sales as construction installations, a state appeals panel has ruled.

SC Johnson fails to wipe away class action alleging kids' sunscreen's SPF ratings were false

By Scott Holland | Apr 5, 2018

One of the world’s largest makers of household chemical products, SC Johnson, was unable to persuade a federal judge to wipe away a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of misleading consumers about the SPF rating of its Babyganics mineral sunscreen.

Judge OKs $30M deal to end class action vs Monster over A/V cable claims; objector to be sanctioned

By Dan Churney | Mar 26, 2018

A Cook County judge has given a preliminary nod to a class action settlement, which could make audio-video cable manufacturer Monster pay around $30 million to buyers of one of its cable products, after determining a man who had filed a separate lawsuit against Monster made misrepresentations while objecting to the proposed settlement.

Class action: Rohrer Corporation, Shoreview Industries collected worker fingerprints without consent

By Louie Torres | Mar 16, 2018

A worker has filed a class action lawsuit against Rohrer Corporation and Shoreview Industries LLC for allegedly violating state law.

Appeals panel: Lawyer who defended Wheatland Bank officers can't force bank's insurer to pay $113K in fees

By Angela Underwood | Jan 23, 2018

A state appeals court has again turned aside an attempt by an attorney who represented two top officers at a failed bank to stick the bank's insurance company with a six-figure legal services bill, saying a trial judge was correct to side with the insurer, who argued the stiffed lawyer should have been suing the bank officers he represented.

Judge: Suit can proceed vs Target claiming justifies firing Hispanics over fake Social Security numbers

By David Hutton | Dec 29, 2017

A federal judge will allow a woman to proceed, for now, with a lawsuit against Target, claiming the retailer targeted her and other Hispanic employees by accusing them of having fake Social Security numbers.

SunOpta Grains and Food Inc. accused of supplying contaminated sunflower kernels

By Louie Torres | Dec 21, 2017

Several companies are suing SunOpta Grains and Food Inc. for alleged negligence, demanding the company pay more than $16 million for supplying conatiminated sunflower seeds, which were recalled and destroyed.

Pulmonetic Systems Inc. allegedly developed defective ventilator

By Louie Torres | Dec 8, 2017

A man is suing Pulmonetic Systems Inc., Viasys Healthcare Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., Carefusion Inc., Becton Dickinson and Co., and Total Home Health for alleged liability, negligence and product liability.

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