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Judge: Class action can continue vs Wells Fargo, Fifth Third, Ironwood, others, over recorded calls

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a class action alleging telemarketers illegally recorded phone conversations among its banking clients’ business customers.

Sixth Circuit Appeals Court's transgender discrimination ruling expands reach of civil rights law

A recent federal appeals court ruling stands as another example of judges explicitly expanding the scope of anti-discrimination laws to protect the employment rights of people who identify as gay, lesbian and non-binary gender, according to an attorney whose practice focuses on labor and employment matters

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Chicago adds 'Big Three' pharma wholesalers to list of companies being sued over opioid crisis

As class action litigation continues to grow across the U.S. against the pharmaceutical companies that made opioid prescription painkillers, the city of Chicago has also set its sights in court on three companies it blames for distributing the addictive pills here, saying the companies should be made to pay for allegedly not monitoring the flow of the drugs or halting the suspicious activity at pharmacies and elsewhere that allegedly “fueled” the black market for the drugs.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Jury declares Abbvie's Androgel didn't cause man's lung clots, Abbvie didn't falsely market medication

After split verdicts in two prior trials over alleged harmful side effects and alleged misleading marketing of its testosterone replacement drug led to questionable verdicts worth more than $140 million each, drugmaker Abbvie has scored a clean win in the latest jury review of a plaintiff’s claims over the promotion and health impacts of Androgel.

Pressure from Trump, litigation losses aren't stopping EEOC case against Dollar General

Despite efforts by the Trump administration to pull the reins on many of the recent priorities at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and amid a string of litigation losses, the federal anti-discrimination agency is holding course in pressing its years-long case against Dollar General. But what exactly that signals remains to be seen, according to employment attorney Rod Fliegel, who co-chairs the privacy and background checks practice at the firm of Littler Mendelson.

Woman sues Boeing, GE, American Air over injuries suffered after jet engine failed on takeoff

A woman is suing G.E. Aviation Systems LLC, the Boeing Company and American Airlines for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Walmart, Charles Komar & Sons out, but Macy's remains in lawsuit filed by woman whose clothes caught fire

Walmart and clothing maker Charles Komar & Sons have been dismissed from a lawsuit filed by an Illinois woman whose clothing allegedly caught fire - but Macy’s remains and faces trial in early 2018.

Cook County jumps into legal fray vs pharmaceutical makers, hires Simmons, Meyers & Flowers to sue over 'opioids'

Cook County, the second largest county in the U.S., has added its name to the ever-growing list of local governments demanding the makers of some of the most prescribed opioid painkillers pay out, saying the companies owe big money for costs the county has incurred in treating painkiller addiction and dealing with its aftermath at the county’s hospitals and other institutions.

Kellermeyer Bergensons Services LLC accused of scanning worker fingerprints without consent

An employee has filed a class action lawsuit against Kellermeyer Bergensons Services LLC for alleged invasion of privacy and violations of state law.

Pelvic mesh case involving Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson kicked back to Cook County court

The case of an Illinois woman injured during a 2013 surgery that included a pelvic mesh is on its way back to Cook County after a federal judge brushed aside a defendant's contentions the case should not be tried in Illinois.

Advocate Christ Medical Center, others allegedly failed to take safety precautions during medical procedure

A couple is suing Dr. Nancy Church, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Nancy R.G. Church M.D., and Wellness Connections LLC for alleged negligence.

Niles Car Wash, Niles Police accused of humiliation, false arrest amid argument over bug guts left on car

A woman is suing Niles Car Wash, the Niles Police Department and an officer for alleged breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, emotional distress, attempted false arrest and unjust enrichment.

Drugmaker Auxilium wins at jury in its first bellwether trial over testosterone therapy drug Testim

While their competitor AbbVie seeks to undo jury verdicts worth nearly $290 million over testosterone replacement therapy drugs, drugmaker Auxilium has received a clean bill from a jury in its first court test over claims it and other similar drugmakers should be made to pay for alleged misleading marketing that led men to take the drugs, and suffered heart attacks as a result.

Pizza delivery drivers sue Domino's, say their pay never added up to minimum wage

A former delivery driver is suing operators of Domino’s Pizza restaurants saying she and her peers were underpaid because the company improperly deducted tips, underpaid for driving and did not offer reimbursement for vehicle expenses.

Judge: No proof Columbia College would've handled male student's sex assault case any different if female

A federal judge has dismissed the complaint an anonymous male student lodged against Columbia College of Chicago regarding accusations of sexual assault, saying the male student couldn’t demonstrate female students accused of sexual assault would be treated any better.

Judge: Testosterone replacement drug bellwether OK to proceed vs Testim maker Auxilium

After two federal juries delivered $140 million verdicts against AbbVie, competing drugmaker Auxilium will be headed to trial over claims its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim caused heart attacks in men who took the drug to treat “off-label” conditions, spurred by what plaintiffs alleged was misleading marketing from drugmakers.

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.

Male student OK'd to continue discrimination lawsuit vs U of Chicago over sex assault accusations

For now, a Chicago federal judge has permitted a onetime student's suit to proceed against the University of Chicago, saying, while the student must furnish a more full explanation, he has squeaked out a plausible case a school official encouraged retaliation against him for complaining about sexual assault allegations.