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Ex-Backpage lawyers ask court to unplug Cook Sheriff's demand for sanctions over free speech lawsuit

By Scott Holland | May 29, 2018

Saying the move could chill future defenses against overreaching government officials, attorneys who represented Backpage.com in litigation against the Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s attempts to shut down the classified ad site linked to sex trafficking, are asking a Chicago federal judge to reject Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s request they, too, be sanctioned for allegedly furthering Backpage’s alleged attempt to mislead the court.

Starbucks’ decision to close stores for racial-bias training shows company’s ‘commitment’ to the issue, attorney says

By Carrie Bradon | May 10, 2018

Starbuck’s decision to close 8,000 U.S.-based stores for an afternoon to give its employees racial bias training after two African-American men were arrested at one of its Philadelphia locations while waiting for a friend demonstrates the coffee giant’s “commitment” to the issue, according to Lori Armstrong Halber, an attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP.

Judge slams door on class action vs Zillow; 'Zestimate' may be 'gimmick,' but not deception, fraud

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 8, 2018

Saying plaintiffs had effectively pleaded themselves out of court, a Chicago federal judge has slammed the door on an attempted class action lawsuit accusing operators of real estate website Zillow of breaking state consumer fraud and deceptive practices laws by using their “Zestimates” – an online home value estimation tool – as a “marketing gimmick” to drive business to Zillow’s preferred real estate agents and undercut home sellers’ ability to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.

Feds OK to use article about company's bankrutpcy to rescind Obamacare Navigator grant

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 3, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago recently granted summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a case brought by a company that claimed it had been wrongly stripped of its designation to act as a "Navigator" to help people purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Skyhawks Sports Academy Inc., others allegedly refused to pay commission

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 3, 2018

A company is suing Skyhawks Sports Academy Inc., Dave Berto, Jeff Heimbigner and Chris Stiles, citing alleged breach of contract.

Cook Sheriff: Backpage, attorneys owe Cook County for 'hoax' suit over sheriff's credit card squeeze

By Scott Holland | Apr 27, 2018

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants a federal judge to penalize Backpage.com for its conduct in ongoing litigation between the online classifieds site and the sheriff’s office, particularly in light of a recent plea deal from a top executive related to sex trafficking through the site.

Judge pulls batteries on second attempt at suing toy company VTech over data breach

By DM Herra | Apr 24, 2018

A group of plaintiffs suing toy maker VTech over a 2015 data breach faced another setback when a Chicago federal judge again dismissed their would-be class action lawsuit.

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Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

Development tax incentives, grants could be taxed, but shouldn't dissuade Amazon HQ2 bids, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Apr 18, 2018

Businesses who take advantage of government financial incentives to expand or build new facilities could face new tax liability under important IRS document issued 10 years ago, but just now coming into its own. However, that should not have much of an impact on the push by Chicago and other U.S. cities and states to land Amazon's HQ2, according to a leading tax expert, attorney and former director of South Carolina's Revenue Department.

LG Electronics, Amazon accused of negligence after battery allegedly exploded

By Louie Torres | Apr 16, 2018

A man is suing LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. for alleged design defect, liability and negligence.

Judge rules female student can move forward with suit against HarperCollins over sexual assault book

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 6, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a graduate student can move forward with her suit against HarperCollins LLC and a Northwestern University professor over a book on Title IX and sexual assault.

Judge orders IL state agencies to move quicker on applications for long-term Medicaid benefits

By Dan Churney | Apr 3, 2018

The Illinois Department of Human Services has 90 days from when basic Medicaid recipients apply to determine if they are eligible for long-term Medicaid, or they will be automatically eligible for the long-term benefits, a federal judge has ruled, brushing aside concerns from state officials the time limit will encourage applicants who may otherwise be ineligible to game the sytem.

Man struck by vehicle while walking dog sues Amazon for negligence

By Louie Torres | Mar 23, 2018

A man is suing Amazon.com Services Inc. and an unidentified Amazon delivery driver for alleged negligence.

Class action: Hoteliers conspired to manipulate online search ad results, boost room prices

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 20, 2018

Comparing the practice to a surreptitious deal struck between the world’s biggest beverage bottlers to not trample on the other’s advertising turf, a new class action lawsuit accuses the country’s biggest hoteliers of illegally conspiring to boost room prices by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

Appellate court: Parents, not Starbucks, responsible for amputation of finger of child playing in restaurant

By D.M. Herra | Feb 6, 2018

A federal appeals court has shut off a lawsuit brewed by parents against Starbucks, as judges said the coffeehouse chain is not responsible for injuries that led to the amputation of a finger from a child who was playing in the store, because the child’s parents should have prevented the injury.

Cook Sheriff: Backpage's fraud accusations vs Dart merely deflection from 'damning' sex trafficking ad evidence

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 18, 2018

Saying the online classifieds site is merely trying to “deflect” a judge’s attention from its “own fraudulent acts,” the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has asked a federal judge to put a quick end to an attempt by Backpage.com to pin the sheriff for allegedly lying about a CCSO staffer’s job status to protect thousands of documents from disclosure under the auspices of a nonexistent attorney-client relationship.

Judge OKs $29M deal to end class action vs Ascension Health over Wheaton Franciscan pension claims

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 17, 2018

In the wake of last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that religiously-affiliated hospitals can qualify for exemption from certain federal pension rules, a Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $29 million settlement, designed to end class action litigations against Ascension Health, in which the country’s largest Catholic hospital system was accused of attempting to use the religious exemption improperly to underfund its employees’ retirement plans.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 20, 2017

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.

Classifieds site Backpage alleges Cook County Sheriff 'lied' to hide documents in sex trafficking injunction case

By Dan Churney | Dec 19, 2017

Online classifieds site Backpage.com is alleging in federal court that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, in his effort to shut down the site on grounds it facilitates sex trafficking, wrongly withheld thousands of discovery documents from Backpage, fraudulently claiming the documents were confidential, because they were the product of an attorney-client relationship.

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.

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