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Attorney says Second Circuit decision in Illinois biometric data case provides roadmap to deal with future cases

A Chicago-area attorney is advising employers that they should take more steps to make sure they are protected from lawsuits alleging the improper storage of fingerprints and other so-called biometric identifying information gathered from employees. And, he said, the attorneys representing them can look to a recent decision from a New York federal appeals court for guidance on one successful avenue of defense.

Appeals panel tosses injured construction worker's $5M settlement, says Cook Co. judges erred at trial

A state appeals panel has ordered a new trial to determine liability for injuries a worker suffered on a Walmart construction site, after determining Cook County judges didn’t properly account for a settlement agreement between the worker and some of the defendants before allowing a jury to determine who should shoulder the blame for the accident, and how much each defendant should pay.

Appeals court upholds 'flawed' AmEx gift cards class action settlement, giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95M

While they called the deal flawed, a federal appeals panel in Chicago nevertheless has upheld a settlement ending a class action lawsuit against American Express over gift cards, dividing $1.8 million among class members, and giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95 million more.

Judge pauses Chicago opioid lawsuit; judges mull consolidating host of similar cases nationally

A federal judge has placed on hold the city of Chicago’s lawsuit accusing the makers of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet – so-called “opioids” – of falsely marketing their drugs to doctors. defrauding City Hall and other employee health plan administrators, while giving time for a panel of federal judges to decide if the action should be consolidated with other similar lawsuits, brought by cities and others, now pending in other jurisdictions.

IL Supreme Court: Citibank has no claim on sales tax refunds from bad auto loans

The Illinois Supreme Court has upended Cook County and appellate rulings, saying Citibank has no claim to $1.6 million in state sales taxes paid through defaulted auto loans, because such tax refunds should go to the auto dealer, not the lender.

Judge trims out-of-state claims from class action vs Nature's Way over 'Made in USA' labeling

A Chicago federal judge has trimmed a class action lawsuit accusing nutritional supplement maker Nature's Way of fraud in marketing certain of its supplements as "Made in the USA," when at least one of the supplement's ingredients allegedly comes from overseas.

Lawyers to seek $8M of proposed $24M settlement of shareholder suit vs drugmaker Akorn

From a lawsuit against suburban-based drugmaker Akorn, a settlement has grown in Chicago federal court, which could hand $8 million to lawyers for pursuing the class action suit against Akorn Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company misled investors.

Rush U Med Center OK to continue fraud suit vs vendor Draeger over patient monitoring system, judge says

A federal judge in Chicago has allowed Rush University Medical Center to keep alive its $18 million lawsuit against a vendor it has accused of installing a patient monitoring system that didn’t work.

New York court considers Illinois biometrics data case against Take-Two Interactive Software

A New York federal appeals court will consider the reach and scope of an Illinois privacy law now being used by many plaintiff attorneys to target many different businesses with class action lawsuits alleging technical violations.

Illinois Supreme Court to decide if hospitals will have to pay property taxes

The Illinois Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments in another case addressing whether hospitals should be exempted from paying property taxes, marking the second time this year the court will tackle the question weighing on hospitals and local governments across the state.

AIG Property Casualty Company accuses company of breach of contract

An insurance company is suing Metropolitan Builders Inc. for $1.8 million over alleged breach of contract, breach of implied warranty and negligence.

Drug maker AbbVie wants to slip from $140M verdict, says jury ignored evidence

North Chicago-based drug company AbbVie is urging a federal judge to trash a verdict ordering it to cough up $140 million, because its testosterone therapy drug AndroGel contributed to a man's heart attack, contending it has no liability because AndroGel was approved by the FDA.

Cara Lewis Group, others accused in trip-and-fall at concert venue

An individual is suing Cara Lewis Group, the Anschutz Corporation, Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., AEG Presents LLC and related entities for alleged liability and negligence.

Appeals court says union benefits plans can't sue Abbott Labs for overreaching promotion of Depakote

A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a suit, which alleged a Chicago-area drug maker cost union benefit plans money by pushing doctors to prescribe Depakote to union members for non-FDA approved uses. The judges ruled the union plans are too far removed from the drug maker's actions to stake a claim.

Vein Clinics of America Inc., IntegraMed America Inc. accused of violating Family and Medical Leave Act

A woman is suing Vein Clinics of America Inc. and IntegraMed America Inc. for alleged disability discrimination and violations of federal law and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

School nursing vendor OK to continue lawsuit vs Chicago Public Schools, rival over employee poaching

A school nursing services vendor will be allowed to continue a small portion of its action against the Chicago Public Schools, although a federal judge agreed to dismiss part of the complaint.

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.

Lawsuit asserting belVita breakfast crackers aren't nutritious enough dismissed for second time

A class action lawsuit alleging Mondelez's belVita brand breakfast crackers aren’t nutritious enough has been dismissed for a second time, and this time it cannot be refiled.

Homeadvisor Inc., others accused of using man's image in broadcast without permission

A man is suing Homeadvisor Inc., Angi Homeservices Inc., Hawthorne Direct LLC, and Does I through Doe V, for alleged deceptive trade practices and unfair competition.

Judge: Arbitration agreement in employee handbook doesn't negate wrongful termination suit vs Citibank

A Chicago federal judge has denied Citibank’s motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit against it by two former employees.