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Deceptive practices class action to proceed against All Web Leads, with up to 2 million class members

By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2018

A federal judge has given the nod to allow a group of plaintiffs to move forward with a class action lawsuit, potentially involving 2 million additional plaintiffs, claiming a web company that generates "leads" for the insurance industry used deceptive practices to lure customers.

SCOTUS employee arbitration decision could have profound effects on employment law, costly class actions

By Ryan Croft | May 31, 2018

One of the most recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court could have the greatest impact on employment and class action law of any case in years.

Recent decisions to grant standing in data breach cases reflects 'social shift' in how data is viewed

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 18, 2018

Two recent decisions in two different federal appeals courts regarding who has the right to sue over data breaches reflect a “social shift” in how “we view our data,” according to an attorney specializing in privacy law.

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

By Angela Underwood | Mar 30, 2018

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

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

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

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.

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Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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

By Karen Kidd | Jan 4, 2018

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.

Judge: EEOC has turned over enough documents to Dollar General in hiring bias suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 15, 2017

A Chicago federal magistrate judge has largely rejected Dollar General's effort to squeeze more information from federal regulators in their efforts to defend against a discrimination suit against the discount retail chain, which alleges the company's job applicant screenings are geared to keep out blacks.

Flight attendants' minimum wage class action claims grounded vs SkyWest Airlines

By Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 1, 2017

A federal judge has permanently grounded a class action lawsuit brought against SkyWest Airlines by a group of flight attendants, who the judge said still haven't made their case the airline paid them so little it violated minimum wage laws.

Seventh Circuit: Defendants can use plaintiffs own estimate of class size to take class action to federal court

By Angela Underwood | Nov 24, 2017

A recent federal appellate court decision has shed some light on how courts may interpret a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on class action damages, and whether defendants can use plaintiffs own class size estimates to transfer a case from state court to federal jurisdiction.

DNJ Intermodal Services LLC, others accused of negligence over vehicular accident

By Louie Torres | Nov 24, 2017

A woman has brought a wrongful death suit against Ramiro Rangel Jr., DNJ Intermodal Services LLC, IMC Companies LLC, IMC Global Solutions, National Drayage Services and Atlantic Intermodal Services LLC.

Judge: Class action can continue, in part, vs Nature's Bounty over St. John's Wort supplements

By Scott Holland | Sep 29, 2017

A class action suit accusing the maker of herbal supplements of not including enough herbs in their supplements will be allowed to continue, in part, after a federal judge agreed only to dismiss certain elements of the lawsuit against Nature’s Bounty.

Class action allowed to continue vs Electrolux over claims dishwashers catch fire

By Scott Holland | Aug 31, 2017

Electrolux, the company behind the Frigidaire line of home appliances, was unable to get a judge to wash away parts of a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of selling dishwashers customers allege can spontaneously combust.

7th Circuit says Chicago doesn't owe cops OT for off-duty emails; lawyer says shows need for clear policy

By Chandra Lye | Aug 23, 2017

A federal appeals court has backed Chicago City Hall in its dispute with a group of police officers who claimed they should be paid overtime for off-duty emailing on their official Blackberrys. And that decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit demonstrates the importance for employers to have a clearly defined policy on overtime work for employees

Glovemaker Wells Lamont allowed to pursue trade secrets lawsuit vs ex-employee, rival Radians

By Sara McCleary | Aug 13, 2017

A federal judge has determined glove maker Wells Lamont should be allowed to continue to pursue its lawsuit against a former employee and the direct competitor that hired him, for allegedly stealing Wells Lamont's trade secrets.

Debate brews over whether Americans with Disabilities Act or Title VII protects transgender employees

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 5, 2017

A legal debate is now brewing over whether transgender employees should be legally protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly given a spate of recent rulings, including from a Chicago federal appeals court, finding they may already be protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

By Scott Holland | Jun 21, 2017

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Federal judge scrambles Koch Foods’ dismissal motion in suit claiming chicken catchers not properly paid

By Dan Churney | May 22, 2017

Suburban-based poultry wholesaler Koch Foods has laid an egg in Chicago federal court, with its failed motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by former chicken handlers, who claim the company failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime.

Dollar General ruling strengthens EEOC's hand to widen discrimination claims into 'fishing expeditions'

By Mike Helenthal | Apr 24, 2017

The ruling of a Chicago federal judge in favor of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement case against retail giant Dollar General will strengthen the EEOC’s hand in bids to widen single claims of employment discrimination into "company-wide fishing expeditions," say two Chicago attorneys and labor law experts.

Judge: Dollar General can't stop EEOC action over alleged discriminatory job screening practices

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 12, 2017

Dollar General has suffered another setback in its attempt to beat back a long-running federal investigation into job screening practices allegedly set up to screen out African American applicants, as a Chicago federal judge ruled the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t overstep in initiating an enforcement action against the retailer, even after the federal agency pulled the plug on the required pre-enforcement settlement process.

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