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Appeals court rules card-issuing banks can’t sue retailer directly for losses from retailer's data breach

A federal appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that banks whose customers’ information was compromised in a grocery store data breach cannot recover losses directly from the retailer.

Appeals court finds no error in case arguing Massage Envy massages are shorter than promised

A divided appellate court upheld a federal court’s finding that spa chain Massage Envy had not deceived customers who complained their one-hour massages consisted of only 50 minutes massage time.

Billy Goat Chips Co. fires back amid trademark spat with Chicago's iconic Billy Goat Tavern

There’s no shortage of animosity between Chicago baseball fans and their St. Louis rivals, and now the same can be said of purveyors of food and drink, as Missouri-based Billy Goat Chip Company LLC has responded to a trademark lawsuit brought by Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern with a countersuit of its own, alleging the iconic downtown Chicago establishment has no legal stake to ownership of the “Billy Goat” name.

Judge: Ex-Aon Bolivia CEO can't sidestep $20M lawsuit over alleged double-dealing

A federal judge has refused to let the former CEO of a South American Aon subsidiary end a $20 million federal lawsuit he faces in Chicago, in which he is accused of funneling company funds.

Wheaton College wins order vs Obamacare contraceptive mandate; Judge: Violates religious freedom

In the wake of a decision by the administration of President Donald Trump to reinterpret federal health regulations requiring religious employers to pay for contraceptive health insurance coverage, a federal judge has granted Wheaton College a permanent injunction barring the federal government from forcing the prominent evangelical Christian college in Chicago’s western suburbs from having to pay for its employees’ contraception, which the college had argued would violate its religious rights.

Another class action claims McDonald's could open restaurants to visually impaired at night, but chooses not to

McDonald’s is facing another federal class action complaint from customers who say the restaurant denies people with visual impairments equal access during late night, drive-through-only hours.

Central Street Management LLC allegedly collected biometric information with consent

A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against her employer, Central Street Management LLC, an Evanston-based company which the lawsuit says operates at least 19 nursing and rehab centers in Illinois, for alleged violation of an Illinois privacy law.

Presence Health Network allegedly collected employee fingerprint scans without consent

A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Presence Health Network, alleging the operator of a dozen hospitals violated a state privacy law when it scanned and collected her fingerprints, as well as those of many other workers, for use with its employee time clocks.

Judge: Cook County courts clerk must give immediate public, press access to e-filed lawsuits

A Chicago federal judge has told the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office it cannot withhold electronically filed lawsuits from public view for days at a time pending administrative processing because, to do so, violates the right of the press and the public under the First Amendment to immediate access to otherwise public documents.

Walmart, Charles Komar & Sons out, but Macy's remains in lawsuit filed by woman whose clothes caught fire

Walmart and clothing maker Charles Komar & Sons have been dismissed from a lawsuit filed by an Illinois woman whose clothing allegedly caught fire - but Macy’s remains and faces trial in early 2018.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, others accused over child birth complications

A woman is suing Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Mercy Medical Group, Independent Physicians at Mercy, Dr. Karissa Cryer, Dr. Robbie Harriford, Dr. Judith Brown, Dr. Dillon Bannis, a nurse and Dr. Dona Perry for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

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.

Rubicon Global LLC allegedly made false statements about competitor

A business is suing Rubicon Global LLC for alleged tortious interference and unfair competition.

Lawsuit says Walgreens must pay for selling J&J talc products allegedly linked to ovarian cancer

As Johnson & Johnson continues to grapple with hundreds of lawsuits in courts across the country alleging links between its products containing talcum powder to ovarian cancer, Walgreens now also faces legal action for selling such products, in an action recently introduced in Cook County court.

Courthouse News Service lawsuit: Cook County Circuit Clerk withholding lawsuits from public view

A news service which reports on litigation and trends in civil courts across the country has sued the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office, saying the clerk’s policy of withholding many civil lawsuits from public view for days at a time pending administrative processing violates the U.S. Constitution and goes against years of standard practices regarding freedom of access to public information.

Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients

About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

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

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

Seventh Circuit slices $4.8M atty fee award in half in defective washing machines class action vs Sears

A federal appeals panel has sliced almost in half nearly $5 million in attorney fees awarded by a federal judge to a group of lawyers who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.

New Cook County paid sick leave laws could mean legal trouble for employers if ignored

The new paid sick leave ordinances that have taken effect in Chicago and Cook County are not only likely to interfere with many employers' worker requirements, but could spell big trouble for employers who ignore them.