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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Illinois appellate court rules FedEx shipping label does not prove foreclosure letter was sent

A state appeals court has ordered U.S. Bank to offer more proof it actually notified a couple of its intent to foreclose on their home mortgage, saying a FedEx shipping label is not enough to prove a lender actually sent the notices, as required under federal regulations.

Great Lakes Window & Siding Company accused of breaching contract

A bathroom remodeler is suing Great Lakes Window & Siding Company for alleged breach of contract.

Cirrus Aircraft, Continental Motors Inc. accused in plane crash, death

The family of a man who died in an aircraft crash is suing Cirrus Aircraft and Continental Motors Inc. for alleged liability and negligence.

Neighborhood drug stores demand $1.5B, accuse Walgreens, Prime Therapeutics, Blue Cross of conspiracy

As his earlier similar lawsuit faces the threat of dismissal, a Palos Heights lawyer has lodged another antitrust action demanding Walgreens, Prime Therapeutics and the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield shell out $1.5 billion for allegedly conspiring to drive small “mom-and-pop” neighborhood drug stores out of business by cutting off their access to reimbursement under Medicaid, Medicare and Blue Cross.

Medtronic Inc., MacNeal Hospital, others accused of negligence during hysterectomy

A woman is suing Medtronic Inc. and affiliated corporate entities; Tenet Healthcare Corporation; MacNeal Hospital; Chicago Health Medical Group; Dr. Sandra Vega, and three nurses for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Class action suit claims makers of Babyganics sunscreen misled consumers about SPF level

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Chicago federal court by parents against the makers of Babyganics sunscreen for allegedly falsely advertising its products as providing a sun protection factor (SPF) of over 50.

Soo Line Railroad Company, Canadian Pacific Railway accused of exposing employee to toxic materials

An estate administrator is suing Soo Line Railroad Company and Canadian Pacific Railway for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent a former employee from being exposed to toxic materials.

Judge breaks down cardboard antitrust action, says prices were raised, but no evidence of scheme

A Chicago federal judge has boxed up a class action antitrust suit against two containerboard companies, which alleged the companies conspired to fix prices, saying plaintiffs may have raised prices and cut production, but defendants failed to show the acts were part of a scheme and not simply reactions to the market.

Pharmacy accuses insurance claims processor Prime Therapeutics of squeezing it out of business

A family-owned pharmacy serving low-income Chicago residents says in an antitrust lawsuit filed May 9 in federal court in Chicago it’s being squeezed out of business by an insurance claims processor, allegedly to benefit Walgreens.

Class action: Walgreens charges insured, Medicare customers too much for prescription drugs

A multi-state class action complaint filed March 23 in federal court in Chicago accuses Walgreens of fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment in relation with the way it prices prescription drugs. 

Judge: Target not liable for 12-year-old hurt riding skateboard in store; child should know better

A federal judge in Chicago has determined Target and a toy company will not be held liable for an 11-year-old who injured herself while riding a skateboard inside a Vernon Hills store. 

Steele pleads guilty to conspiracy charges stemming from Prenda Law internet porn shakedowns

John L. Steele, an indicted Chicago lawyer who served as one of the principals at Prenda Law, has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his role in an alleged shakedown scheme allegedly designed to entrap and extract millions of dollars in settlements from those accused of illegally downloading internet porn.