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Daughter not 'authorized user' of mom's card, bank can't arbitrate class action over collections calls to kid's phone

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 22, 2018

A woman and her daughter have been cleared to continue their class action lawsuit against Credit One Bank over collection calls the bank placed to the daughter’s cell phone, as a panel of federal appellate judges have said the bank can’t send the matter to arbitration by claiming, under the mother’s credit card agreement, the daughter should be considered an authorized user subject to the agreement, because she once used the card to pay for smoothies at the age of 14.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 9, 2018

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

By Scott Holland | Feb 15, 2018

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

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.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 12, 2017

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.

Aurora woman says MB Financial continues calling personal cell phone

By Louie Torres | Jun 19, 2017

A woman is suing MB Financial Bank N.A., alleging the lender violated phone harassment statutes.

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 12, 2017

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.

Phoney Lawsuits: Attorneys accused of racketeering, manufacturing claims

By John O'Brien | Mar 17, 2017

One company recently brought into the world of litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act doesn’t like what it sees. BrandRep is taking its anger out on Beverly Hills, CA, attorney Todd Friedman, one of the most prolific lawsuit-filers in the country.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 9, 2016

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 20, 2016

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

By Scott Holland | Feb 19, 2016

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

By Dana Herra | Dec 30, 2015

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 15, 2015

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

By Dana Herra | Nov 30, 2015

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

By Kelly Issacs | Jul 18, 2014

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

By Annie Cosby | Jun 11, 2014

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.

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