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Judge slices Parmesan cheese lawsuits, says labels pumped purity, but also listed additives

By Dan Churney | Nov 5, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has partially melted a group of class actions against Kraft, Walmart, Jewel Food, Target and others, which alleged the companies misled consumers as to the purity of grated Parmesan cheese by including hidden cellulose filler, finding labels may have promised unadulterated product, but cellulose was nonetheless listed as an ingredient on those labels.

Class action attempt vs Hertz over concession fees rerouted by contract into arbitration, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 29, 2018

Car rental chain Hertz will be allowed to pull to the curb a class action accusing it of improperly charging fees at non-airport car rental locations in Chicago and elsewhere, as a federal judge said the customer contract allows the dispute to go to an arbitrator.

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Corporate Counsel Name Schiff Hardin to Honor Roll in BTI Litigation Outlook 2019

By Press release submission | Oct 28, 2018

Schiff Hardin LLP has been recognized on the BTI Litigation Outlook 2019 Honor Roll in three separate areas of litigation, including Complex Employment Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation.

Zentac Productions alleges individual fraudulently transferred assets

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 12, 2018

An assignee of Bank of America alleges a Wisconsin man fraudulently transferred assets into trusts before a judgment was entered against him in a case handled by the Cook County Circuit Court.

Judge won't let class action proceed vs American Air over cancelled reservations for not early enough check-ins

By Scott Holland | Oct 4, 2018

A federal judge has granted American Airlines’ request to reject a class action complaint accusing it of violating contracts by canceling reservations for passengers who don’t check in an hour before their scheduled departure.

Judge nixes $17.5M deal in collection calls class action vs Ocwen, says attorney fees too high

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2018

Saying lawyers for the plaintiffs need to “drastically” reduce their $5.8 million fee request to make it "conceivable" to win his approval, a federal judge has rejected a $17.5 million settlement intended to end a class action lawsuit against debt collector Ocwen Loan Servicing over claims the company violated federal law when it called millions of debtors.

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Schiff Represents Wealth Advisor Gary Hirschberg in Launch of Aaron Wealth Advisors

By Press release submission | Sep 30, 2018

Schiff represented veteran wealth advisor Gary Hirschberg, who spent the last 12 years at Goldman Sachs advising multi-generational families on taxation issues and philanthropy, in the launch of a new independent wealth management firm called Aaron Wealth Advisors.

Judge: Lawyers must justify fee requests for investor suits withdrawn vs Akorn over proxy disclosures

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge says a group of lawyers must demonstrate why they should be allowed to collect more than $300,000 in attorney fees for their work representing clients who withdrew a potential class action against generic drug manufacturer Akorn Inc. over its attempted sale to German pharmaceutical company Fresenius.

Federal appeals court won’t review its decision to toss $3M verdict v. GSK; Plaintiff: ‘Dangerous precedent’

By Dan Churney | Sep 24, 2018

A Chicago federal appellate court has refused to reexamine its decision last month that reversed a $3 million verdict against drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, on grounds the company was not responsible for the labeling of the generic version of its product Paxil, despite plaintiff’s urging a rehearing was needed, because she said the appeals panel set a “dangerous precedent.”

Judge: Plaintiffs' lawyers could face sanction for ignoring key precedent in debt collection case

By Dan Churney | Sep 19, 2018

Saying a plaintiff’s attorneys' actions stood as an “egregious violation” of conduct rules, potentially punishable by sanction, a Chicago federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a collection agency, which alleged the agency tried to mislead a debtor with an allegedly bogus offer to settle their debt by a certain date.

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.

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Midlevel Associates Rank Schiff Hardin Among Top Firms in Chicago and Nationwide for Job Satisfaction

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

For the second straight year, Schiff Hardin LLP has ranked among the top large law firms in Chicago and nationwide for associate satisfaction, according to the results of the 2018 Midlevel Associate Satisfaction survey by The American Lawyer.

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Schiff Hardin Named “Innovation Builder” by BTI

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

Schiff Hardin LLP has been singled out by corporate counsel as one of only 28 percent of law firms clients view as a BTI “Innovation Builder,” which recognizes firms that bring change to the legal market through new technology, services, strategies, or structures.

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Schiff Hardin Recognized for Excellence in Construction Law

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized by the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA) with a 2018 CLSA Law Firm Award in recognition of its excellence in construction law.

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Schiff Hardin Expands Labor and Employment Practice with Partner Derek Barella in Chicago

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

Schiff Hardin LLP announced today that Derek G. Barella has joined the firm as a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Chicago office. Barella has a broad-based practice featuring traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, labor union-related issues, and client representation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Judge: Settlement talks begun in mass action vs Abbvie, others over Androgel, testosterone drugs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 10, 2018

A federal judge has put a hold on any further proceedings in the massive, years-long nationwide legal action against Abbvie and other makers of so-called testosterone replacement therapy drugs, saying he wants to give both sides time to complete a potential settlement drug to permanently end the litigation.

Chase to pay $19M to settle black financial advisors' suit alleging denied opportunities; lawyers to claim $5.5M

By Dan Churney | Sep 7, 2018

JP Morgan Chase Bank has agreed to pay more than $19.5 million to settle a class action suit brought in Chicago federal court by several of its employees, who alleged the banking giant assigned its black and African-American financial advisors to less profitable locations and denied them other opportunities to get ahead, because of their race.

Judges nix consumer antitrust vs steelmakers; Production chain too complex to undergird sprawling class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 7, 2018

While noting the plaintiffs had presented statements which could indicate price-fixing activity, a federal appeals panel has refused to melt down a lower court’s decision to slice up a potentially massive class action lawsuit accusing U.S. steelmakers of conspiring to jack up prices for raw steel.

JENNER & BLOCK: Firm Team wins significant antitrust victory for Comcast

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

The firm won a victory on behalf of Comcast when an Illinois federal judge ruled against a several hundred million dollar antitrust lawsuit brought against the cable giant by Viamedia Inc., a company that represents small cable companies in advertisement buys.

Appeals court tosses $3M verdict vs GSK, says FDA, not drugmaker, controlled Paxil warning label

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 22, 2018

A federal appeals panel has tossed out a $3 million verdict vs GSK for the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic equivalent of GSK's drug, Paxil. The judges said the company can't be held responsible for language on the warning label when that language was controlled by the FDA.

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