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Two IL labor unions partner to sue opioid makers, distributors, promoters; Edelson firm to represent

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 7, 2019

Two unions have added their names to the long and growing list of organizations suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers.

Avis and Budget sue city, alleged drivers of stolen car after vehicle crashed in incident with police

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 7, 2019

A car rental company is suing two individuals and the city of Chicago, to recover for damages caused in a police chase involving a vehicle stolen from the rental lot at O'Hare International Airport.

Bed Bath & Beyond asst managers to get $1,750 each in $8.5M OT pay class action deal; attorneys ask $2.3M

By Dan Churney | Jan 21, 2019

Lawyers are ready to put to sleep a class action suit by assistant managers at Bed Bath & Beyond stores against the national retail chain, which gives $2.3 million to plaintiffs’ counsel and about $1,750 to each class member, in a suit that alleged the company shorted the managers out of overtime pay.

From Legal Newsline

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Power generators ask SCOTUS to overturn Illinois 'Zero Emissions Credit' subsidies for Exelon nuke power plants

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 10, 2019

A group of electrical power generators have asked the U.S. Supreme Court step in and unplug “zero emissions credit” subsidy programs in Illinois and elsewhere, arguing the state programs intrude on federal regulatory turf and unconstitutionally rig wholesale electricity generation and supply markets to prop up nuclear power plants that should otherwise be retired.

Jury to decide if FDA would have blocked Merck from revising Januvia label over cancer risk: Appeals panel

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 27, 2018

A pharmaceutical company facing lawsuits over whether its diabetes drug may have caused pancreatic cancer will need to let a jury decide whether federal regulators would have prevented the drugmaker from revising the medication’s warning label to specifically mention a risk of developing that cancer.

Patient alleges she was not warned of link between Estrace cream use, ovarian cancer

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 3, 2018

A woman alleges Estrace cream prescribed to her caused her to develop cancer.

Appeals panel orders hearing on 'pro objectors' Bandas, Thut, attempt to secure payoff from Edelson class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 27, 2018

Two lawyers, described as “professional objectors” to class action settlements, will need to face a hearing and perhaps state disciplinary action, over their alleged attempt to secure a payoff, as a state appeals panel said they had essentially hidden behind a narrow interpretation of a court rule to deflect attempts to sanction them for taking “advantage of a situation described as ‘murky’ and with ‘unpredictable’ or ‘sporadic’ enforcement” to win potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time from other lawyers seeking to close the deal on their own million dollar paydays.

Workers comp, health insurers for Illinois towns add to mass of municipal opioid lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 15, 2018

Organizations providing workers comp insurance and employee health insurance for more than 200 Illinois local governments have joined the mass of lawsuits against drug makers, distributors and others associated with the spread of so-called opioid painkillers.

Attorney: New Jersey law giving strikers access to unemployment pay not likely to spread to Illinois

By Carrie Salls | Sep 27, 2018

New Jersey has enacted a new law allowing striking workers to collect unemployment benefits during a labor dispute. But an attorney monitoring such developments has heard no rumblings similar legislation is imminent in other states dominated by Democrats, such as Illinois.

Appeals court: IL doesn’t usurp feds’ power by making coal, gas burners subsidize Illinois nuke plants

By Dan Churney | Sep 17, 2018

A federal appellate court has affirmed a Chicago federal judge’s ruling that switched off suits by a group of electricity producers and Chicago-area power consumers, which sought to invalidate a state law requiring coal and gas burning electricity companies buy credits to prop up two failing Exelon nuclear plants, saying the law doesn’t infringe on federal regulatory prerogatives.

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.

More Cook County towns sue over opioids; Edelson again includes doctors to keep court action local

By Dan Churney | Jul 26, 2018

Another group of Cook County communities have launched a lawsuit, which they want to stay in Cook County rather than federal court, against a number of opioid makers, distributors and doctors, alleging they pushed prescription opioids on the public despite knowing the drugs were dangerously addictive.

Trial lawyer panel: Plaintiffs' lawyers adapting strategies to fit post-BristolMyersSquibb legal landscape

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 30, 2018

While the U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol Myers Squibb ruling has resulted in some big wins for businesses targeted by the plaintiffs' bar, new strategies and theories deployed by plaintiffs' lawyers may be blunting the further impact of that decision, despite high hopes from some it would largely thwart the ability of out-of-state plaintiffs to sue out-of-state defendants in a favorable court forum.

Cook suburbs join together to sue opioid makers; doctors added as defendants to keep case out of federal court

By Scott Holland | May 23, 2018

Ten Cook County suburbs have sued opioid makers in connection with what they allege is widespread drug abuse and overdoses from so-called opioid prescription painkillers. And in a bid to ensure their lawsuit doesn’t get shipped off to a Cleveland federal court to be consolidated with the bulk of the opioid litigation pending in U.S. courts, the plaintiffs have also tacked on as defendants three doctors they accused of operating a “pill mill.”

Class action suit says drug companies caused opioid crisis, heightened insurance costs

By Dan Churney | May 7, 2018

A Chicago class-action lawyer has filed a 97-page lawsuit in Chicago federal court against 13 drug companies and distributors, on behalf of a woman who alleges the companies promoted opioid use, knowing such painkillers were dangerously addictive, jacking up people's health insurance costs.

LG Electronics, Amazon accused of negligence after battery allegedly exploded

By Louie Torres | Apr 16, 2018

A man is suing LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. for alleged design defect, liability and negligence.

Admiral Indemnity Company claims that it does not have duty to defend or indemnify condo association

By Louie Torres | Apr 13, 2018

A company is suing River City Condominium Association; Michael Pyrchalla, owner of a condominium; and board members Donald Moore, Joe Sica, Ryan Palider, Micheline Magharious and Mark Mitrev for alleged breach of contract.

Massachusetts product liability ruling may have bearing on GSK appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Karen Kidd | Apr 13, 2018

The thinking behind a Massachusetts ruling that brand-name manufacturers can he held liable for injuries suffered by patients who take generic versions of the drug those manufacturers innovate could have bearing in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago.

ManorCare Health Services-Elk Grove Village, others allegedly failed to provide proper care

By Louie Torres | Mar 14, 2018

A woman is suing ManorCare Health Services-Elk Grove Village, HCR ManorCare Health Services LLC, Heartland Employment Services LLC, and two nurses for wrongful death and allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

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