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Pulmonetic Systems Inc. allegedly developed defective ventilator

A man is suing Pulmonetic Systems Inc., Viasys Healthcare Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., Carefusion Inc., Becton Dickinson and Co., and Total Home Health for alleged liability, negligence and product liability.

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.

Law school exam administrator says applicant brought 'sham' suit based on bogus disability documents

An organization that administers law school entrance tests, is fighting off a suit, which alleges the group refused to rearrange testing conditions to accommodate an emotionally disabled applicant, by alleging the applicant and his attorney have tried to “perpetrate a fraud” by allegedly submitting fake documents as evidence of his alleged disability.

T-Mobile store operator TCC Wireless to pay $1.15M to settle OT pay class action; attorneys to get $383K

TCC Wireless has agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle an unpaid overtime class action complaint, according to documents given an initial nod of approval late last month by a Chicago federal judge.

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.

Healthcare Services Group accused of collecting and storing workers fingerprints without consent

Two people have filed a class action lawsuit against Healthcare Services Group Inc. for alleged invasion of privacy and violation of state law.

Judge balks at big poultry producers' attempt to crack chicken price fixing antitrust class action

A federal judge will allow one of the country’s leading food service distributors and a group of others balking at the high price of chicken to continue to peck away at a federal antitrust action accusing the country’s largest poultry producers of fixing prices for their birds.

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.

Aramark tagged with worker fingerprint class action under IL privacy law

Aramark, one of the country’s largest employers, providing food service and other vendor services to Chicago’s Soldier Field and numerous schools, corporate headquarters, hospitals, prisons and other institutional facilities throughout Illinois, has become one of the latest targets among a growing number of lawsuits under an Illinois privacy law, accusing employers of not properly handling the process of scanning and managing their employees’ fingerprints to log employees’ work hours.

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.

Settlement announced in price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers could get $40M

A federal judge has been asked to sign off on a $295 million settlement deal, intended to end a class action accusing Stericycle of improperly hiking prices for its smaller customers. Lawyers for the plaintiffs could receive as much as $40 million in fees under the deal.

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.

Life Insurance Company of North America allegedly failed to grant individual disability benefits

A man is suing Life Insurance Company of North America for alleged breach of contract.

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.

Brenntag North America Inc., others sued for alleged failure to warn woman of asbestos

A woman is suing Brenntag North America Inc. and several other companies for alleged liability and negligence.

GSK appeals $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide, Paxil labeling

About two weeks after a Chicago federal judge turned down its request for a new trial, pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline has formally appealed the judicial decisions the company has contended led to a jury improperly awarding $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by stepping in front of a train in Chicago’s Loop after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK.

Summary judgment granted for trucking company YRC Worldwide in racial discrimination case

A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of a trucking company in a racial discrimination case brought by former workers.

Chicken catchers land class action certification in unpaid OT suit vs Koch Foods

Chicken catchers who say they’re underpaid have made another significant gain in their legal battle against a suburban-based poultry wholesaler.

Male student accuses Northwestern of discrimination in sex assault investigation, expulsion

A male student who says he was falsely accused of sexual assault and kicked out of Northwestern University has filed suit against the university, asserting he was discriminated against by university administrators amid a biased investigative process designed only to side with a female accuser he said twisted a consensual sex act into a rape accusation.

Judge: No need for new trial, $3M verdict vs GSK over lawyer's suicide should stand

Pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline will not get a chance to undo a jury’s verdict, finding it owes $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide, allegedly after taking a generic equivalent of GSK’s anti-depressant drug, Paxil.