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$295M settlement wins nod to end price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers get $35M

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $295 million deal to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for many of its customers, allegedly costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

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.

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

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.

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.

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme

Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien has been indicted for her alleged role in a mortgage fraud scheme, which took place a few years before she was elected to the Cook County bench.

Judge: Banks not on hook to shield businesses from employees who use app to double-deposit checks

A Lakeview hotel business will not be allowed to press its class action claim JP Morgan Chase should be held responsible for fraud perpetrated by people using Chase’s mobile banking app to double-deposit checks, creating legal and financial headaches for those issuing the checks.

Nine IL lawyers disbarred, 12 others suspended by State Supreme Court

Nine lawyers – including one convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman in her hotel room, and a former downstate prosecutor who allegedly tampered with official state’s attorneys computer files after learning he wouldn’t be promoted to the top prosecutor job in his county – have been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state’s high court also suspended an additional dozen other attorneys for a range of alleged violations.

Interest rate swaps class action vs big banks could draw in 'tens of thousands' of public bodies with billions at stake

Two Mississippi and Alabama hospitals and the county that includes the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., have squared off in Chicago federal court with many of the country’s biggest financial institutions over so-called interest rate swaps — an issue now impacting governments and other public bodies throughout the country, including Chicago’s public schools system.

Flight attendants wage, hour class action vs Skywest moved to Chicago federal courts, to join already pending action

A class-action lawsuit claiming SkyWest Airlines systemically underpays its flight attendants was transferred Dec. 9 from a federal court district in California to Chicago federal court, joining a virtually identical class action already pending against the airline in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Lakeview hotel operators bring class action over mobile banking app allowing checks to be cashed twice

Potential loopholes in a mobile banking application which could allow depositors to cash the bank notes more than once have prompted a Lakeview hotel business to bring a class action against JP Morgan Chase. Plaintiff 1409 West Diversey Corp., which does business as the Bellwood Hotel, filed its putative class action against JP Morgan Chase in Cook County Circuit Court Dec. 9, claiming its mobile check capture service allows bank customers to deposit checks more than once.

Not Your Father's trademark court fight brewing over hard root beer labeling

The makers of Not Your Father’s Root Beer are arguing a tweak in the generation is not enough to differentiate a competitor’s slogan from their trademark.Small Town Brewery LLC, the maker of the sweet alcoholic beverage Not Your Father’s Root Beer, is suing Sprecher Brewing Company Inc. over Sprecher’s use of the phrase “Not Your Granddaddy’s Root Beer” on the packaging for its take on hard root beer.

IDOT seeks court's OK to acquire, buy private property for U.S. Route 14 project

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking a court order to acquire property so it can widen and reconstruct U.S. Route 14 at Wilke Road in Cook County.

Woman sues JP Morgan, claims she was injured by Chicago ATM

A bank and corporation that handles consumer transaction technologies are facing a lawsuit from a woman who claims she was injured by the cash dispenser of an ATM.