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

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.

Jury awards $3.5M to woman who claimed loan servicer mishandled mortgage during, after Chapt 13 bankruptcy

A federal jury awarded more than $3.5 million to a Franklin Park woman as a result of her lawsuit against a mortgage loan servicer over the handling of the default on her home.

Cook County 'use tax' revenue soars; county partners with collector, local lawyers to track down unpaid taxes

Cook County residents who have bought a car in recent years may need to begin watching their mail for an envelope from Cook County, demanding perhaps hundreds of dollars under a county tax, thanks to an ongoing, little-heralded arrangement with a debt collector and local law firm deputized to act as county attorneys.

Judge OKs $30M deal to end class action vs Monster over A/V cable claims; objector to be sanctioned

A Cook County judge has given a preliminary nod to a class action settlement, which could make audio-video cable manufacturer Monster pay around $30 million to buyers of one of its cable products, after determining a man who had filed a separate lawsuit against Monster made misrepresentations while objecting to the proposed settlement.

Judge: Ex-Aon Bolivia CEO can't sidestep $20M lawsuit over alleged double-dealing

A federal judge has refused to let the former CEO of a South American Aon subsidiary end a $20 million federal lawsuit he faces in Chicago, in which he is accused of funneling company funds.

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.

'It's more possible now' - Penn Supreme Court ruling could open gerrymander reform avenue in IL, via courts

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on the question of partisan gerrymandering could introduce a new avenue for reformers to pursue in breaking the hammerlock on the legislative redistricting process currently held by legislative leaders in the Illinois General Assembly, and other states.

Kohlhepp's True Value accused of breach of contract

A business is suing J.A. Kohlhepp Sons Inc., which does business as Kohlhepp's True Value, and Benjamin R. Kohlhepp for alleged breach of contract.

Judge asked to OK final $295M deal to end Stericycle price hike class action; lawyers request $42M

A federal judge has been asked to grant final approval to a $295 million settlement deal ending a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for its “small quantity” customers under an automatic price increase policy.

Judge declines to freeze Walgreens' suit vs Panasonic over $11.5M loss from malfunctioning cold storage

A federal judge has denied an attempt by Panasonic Healthcare Corporation to place on ice Walgreens' lawsuit alleging a malfunctioning freezer damaged $11.5 million worth of medications at a store in Oregon.

Student loan holders accuse FedLoan Servicing of mishandling accounts, costing borrowers big bucks

Three Illinoisans have filed a class action complaint accusing student loan lenders of improperly cancelling loan repayment plans, misprocessing applications to income-driven repayment programs and improperly applying delinquency forbearances, causing borrowers to incur interest and potentially pay much more to repay their loans they otherwise should have.

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.

St. James Health-Olympia Fields, others allegedly failed to provide proper medical care

A man is suing St. James Health-Olympia Fields, DaVita Inc.,related corporate entities, and ISD Renal Inc. for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Trucking firms contracted by Amazon settle drivers' 'joint employer' OT wage class action

A trucking company that works closely enough with Amazon to have been accused of being a “joint employer” of drivers to serve the needs of the online retailing titan appears to have secured a $94,000 settlement to end a class action lawsuit brought by a group of its former drivers over alleged unpaid overtime.

Nursing moms OK to sue Blue Cross for lactation services coverage, but not discrimination, judge says

Nursing mothers who said Blue Cross illegally denied coverage of lactation services suffered setbacks in their class action complaint against the insurer, including the removal of their claims for sex discrimination under federal law.

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.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

From
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California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.