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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.

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.

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.

Judge rejects 'totally implausible' kickbacks accusation leveled by state vs mortgage reinsurer, lenders

Calling the allegations “totally implausible,” a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the state of Illinois against Bank of America and a mortgage insurance company, which had accused the lender and insurer of working in a scheme to maximize their own profits by dumping high default risk onto another mortgage insurer, leaving borrowers unaware their mortgage insurance premiums were higher than they should be.

Reinstatement of lawsuit vs Home Depot over woman's murder could open door to more employer liability

An appeals court's decision to reverse the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging The Home Depot and one of its flower suppliers should be held responsible the off-site murder of young woman by her male supervisor, could affect future employer liability cases.

Plumbing company says property owners haven't paid nearly $38,000 for services

A Prairie View plumbing company is suing Meadows Market Two LLC, Bank of America, and various individuals, citing alleged breach of contract and unjust enrichment for failing to pay for services completed.

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. 

Man trying to resurrect his credit asks court to order Equifax to recognize he is not dead

A live human person filed a civil complaint in federal court in Chicago Aug. 22 asking a judge to order a credit reporting bureau to acknowledge he is not, in fact, dead. 

Cook County's predatory lending actions vs big banks on hold as Supreme Court takes up similar case

Cook County’s lawsuits against three of the country’s biggest banks over claims of predatory discriminatory lending targeted at minorities have been put on hold as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh in on an appeal brought by two of the banks, challenging the ability of local municipal governments, like Cook County, to sue under federal law.

Bipartisan groups challenge ban on cell phone auto-calls, say restricts free speech

A law designed to protect consumers from unwanted automated calls to their cell phones is being challenged by a bipartisan group, which argues that it is infringing their right to free speech.

Big banks not on the hook for failing to stop $14 million embezzlement by doctors' bookkeeper

Three big banks will not be on the hook for millions allegedly embezzled by the former bookkeeper for a group of Chicago area medical practices, after a federal judge agreed the banks had no duty to detect and thwart the fraud, which the doctors said cost them more than $14 million.

Wife sues freight liner company alleging wrongful death

CHICAGO – A woman is suing a trucking company and its driver over the alleged wrongful death of her husband.

Interest rate swaps class action vs big banks could draw in 'tens of thousands' of public bodies with billions at stake

Two Mississippi and Alabama hospitals and the county that includes the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., have squared off in Chicago federal court with many of the country’s biggest financial institutions over so-called interest rate swaps — an issue now impacting governments and other public bodies throughout the country, including Chicago’s public schools system.

Appeals panel: OK for bank, ad agency to settle for zero dollars, thwart accountant's countersuit vs bank in embezzlement suit

An Illinois appeals panel has backed a Cook County judge’s ruling that Bank of America and a Chicago advertising agency didn’t pull a fast one on a Skokie accountant, by reaching a zero-dollar settlement in a $1 million embezzlement lawsuit, saving the ad agency untold sums in legal fees and shielding the bank from the accountant’s countersuit.

Judge clears nationwide lawsuit to proceed vs Rustoleum over 'latent defects' in Restore deck products

A federal judge has given the green light to a class action against the makers of Rustoleum, saying, to this point, the plaintiffs in the nationwide warranty and consumer fraud litigation over “latent defects” in the Restore deck restoration product have produced enough evidence and legal precedent to move forward with their case.

Canadian Pacific takes Quebec train disaster cases from Cook County to federal court

Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.