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Judge pulls to the curb class action vs city, ParkChicago vendors over app users' parking tickets

A class action lawsuit accusing the city of Chicago and its curbside parking meters vendors of wrongly issuing parking tickets to motorists who actually had fed the meters using the ParkChicago smartphone app, has been dismissed.

Casey Equipment Company, VT LeeBoy Inc. accused of negligence after fatal paver accident

A widow is suing Casey Equipment Company Inc. and VT LeeBoy Inc. for alleged negligence and liability in connection with her husband's death in an accident on a construction site.

Sears sues Electrolux over damage to store after refrigerator allegedly overheated, caught fire

Several businesses are suing Electrolux North America Inc., Electrolux Home Products Inc. and John Does and Jane Does 1-5 for alleged negligence, breach of contract, breach of express and implied warranties, consumer fraud, gross negligence and strict product liability.

Philip Morris USA Inc., others allegedly failed to properly warn man about dangers of smoking cigarettes

A man is suing Philip Morris USA Inc., RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, Liggett Group LLC and several other companies, citing alleged negligence.

Judge again sinks Brunswick's bid to undo $25M deal with lawyer who used jury note to avoid loss at trial

A Chicago federal judge has again turned aside an attempt by boatmaker Brunswick to undo a $25 million personal injury settlement the company says was obtained through fraud, as a federal judge said the company has failed again to lay claim to a protected interest violated by a rival lawyer’s decision to allegedly withhold information about a jury note moments before a verdict would have delivered a win to Brunswick.

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.

Employee suing Jimmy John’s alleges franchise agreements violate antitrust law, suppress wages

Sandwich shop franchise chain Jimmy John’s is once again the target of a labor class action lawsuit.

Court asked to OK $36M deal to end tortured Pella defective window class action; attorneys to get $9M

About three and a half years after a federal appeals panel led by former Judge Richard Posner smashed a $90 million settlement agreement the judges described as “scandalous,” a new set of lawyers have introduced a new, smaller deal once again intended to a nearly 12-year old class action lawsuit against window and door maker Pella over allegedly defective windows.

Makers of Taxotere breast cancer drug hit with lawsuit over hair loss allegedly caused by drug

Several consumers are suing Sanofi U.S. Services Inc. f/k/a Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc.; Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC d/b/a Winthrop U.S.; Hospira Inc.; Hospira Worldwide LLC f/k/a Hospira Worldwide Inc.; McKesson Corporation d/b/a McKesson Packaging; Sandoz Inc.; Accord Healthcare Ltd.; Accord Healthcare Inc.; and Does Inc. for alleged breach of implied warranty, design defect and product liability.

ParkChicago vendors ask judge to curb parking tickets class action; no 'freedom from administrative inconvenience'

Asserting legal precedent holds people wrongly receiving parking tickets have no “freedom from administrative inconvenience,” attorneys representing the vendors that operate Chicago’s on-street parking meters have asked the court to again pull to the curb a class action lawsuit alleging problems with the ParkChicago smartphone app results in illegal tickets issued to motorists using their phones to pay for parking.

Judge saws off $5.9 million verdict against Sears in wrench patent dispute suit vs Loggerhead

A Chicago federal judge has thrown a wrench into a jury's $5.9 million verdict for a suburban toolmaker, who alleged retail giant Sears copied his patented design for an implement for removing nuts and bolts, saying Sears deserves a new trial because one of her jury instructions was based on a faulty definition of a tool term made by a prior judge in the five-year-long case.

Cook Co. judge ends bid by Dotty's, other 'gaming cafes' to challenge rules over video gambling take

A Cook County judge has shot down a legal challenge brought against the Illinois Gaming Board by the operators of the Dotty's, Stella's and Shelby's branded video "gaming cafe" chains, accusing the state regulatory body of stepping on their rights to secure deals that split the take more in their favor.

Appeals court lets stand controversial $25M deal settling paralyzed boater's injury case

A state appeals panel will let stand a Cook County judge’s decision to enforce a $25 million settlement deal between boatmaker Brunswick and a New Lenox man who claimed the company should be held accountable for an accident that left him paralyzed, even though a court clerk allegedly passed on information concerning jury deliberations to his lawyer, which the boatmaker alleged gave him an edge in the talks moments before the jury was set to render a verdict in favor of the defendants.

Chicago OK to tack on thousands in taxes to the sale of Fannie, Freddie foreclosures: Appeals court

While federal law bars the city of Chicago and other local governments from slapping taxes on homes acquired by federal home mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the law does nothing to stop such cities from merely passing on those tax bills to the people who later buy the property from Fannie or Freddie, a federal appeals panel says.

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.

Laboratory Corporation of America allegedly failed to properly analyze test

A woman is suing Laboratory Corporation of America for alleged liability and negligence.

Animal Legal Defense Fund sues to force Cook County to cough up report on animal control operations

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund wants a judge to force Cook County to release information on the county’s animal control department, asserting the county is intentionally withholding a report from the public the group believes likely contains more information about operations at county animal control than what was revealed in a released summary of the report from the county’s inspector general.

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.

Caterpillar secures win in age discrimination case over elimination of benefits package for laid off workers

A federal judge has bulldozed a lawsuit against Caterpillar, which accused the Peoria-based heavy equipment manufacturer of discriminating against its older workers when it eliminated a supplemental unemployment benefit program for workers laid off at its plant in Joliet.

Class action allowed to continue vs Electrolux over claims dishwashers catch fire

Electrolux, the company behind the Frigidaire line of home appliances, was unable to get a judge to wash away parts of a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of selling dishwashers customers allege can spontaneously combust.