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$10M lawsuit: Aurora Health cut real estate firm from buyback deal worth millions; Aurora: No contract breach

By Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 19, 2018

The largest health care system in Wisconsin is asking a federal judge to toss a commercial real estate agency’s $10 million lawsuit over claims the health system allegedly cut it out of a potentially lucrative deal.

Judge denies class action status for insurer’s suit against AbbVie, others over testosterone drugs

By Dan Churney | Aug 9, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has barred an Ohio health insurer from pursuing a class action against several pharmaceutical companies, which are already embroiled in massive litigation over their testosterone drugs, saying the thousands of potential claims would be too individualized to be served well by a class action and the insurer’s drug review practices were “unconventional.”

Trump appointments bring Seventh Circuit's judge roster back to full strength for first time in 8 years

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 11, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is back to its full intended complement of judges after the confirmation of Michael Scudder and Amy St. Eve, two Chicago judges who joined the bench in May.

Judge: Car dealer software companies can't delete antitrust claims over monopolization of car dealer data

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 18, 2018

Two companies specializing in software used by car dealerships must face an antitrust lawsuit alleging they improperly cornered the market for key industry data, and allegedly used their market share to close off competitors and jack up prices charged to vendors seeking the information they held.

Illinois unlikely to copy Wisconsin on third-party litigation financing disclosure law, observers say

By John Sammon | Apr 26, 2018

While Wisconsin has enacted a new law requiring the disclosure of the identity of anyone who lends money to fund a lawsuit, Illinois appears unlikely to follow the lead of its neighbor to the north.

SC Johnson fails to wipe away class action alleging kids' sunscreen's SPF ratings were false

By Scott Holland | Apr 5, 2018

One of the world’s largest makers of household chemical products, SC Johnson, was unable to persuade a federal judge to wipe away a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of misleading consumers about the SPF rating of its Babyganics mineral sunscreen.

Citing ministerial exception, appellate court rules Hebrew teacher wasn't discriminated against

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 16, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has barred an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by a former Hebrew teacher at a Milwaukee Jewish school, saying the teacher held a "ministerial role." The decision could help shed light on which employees of religious organizations should be considered exempt from federal anti-discrimination laws.

Insurer says Bosch owes for fire started by allegedly defective dishwasher

By Louie Torres | Mar 7, 2018

A company is suing BSH Home Appliances Corporation - Bosch for alleged breach of warranty, design defect and product liability.

Judge: Pensioners fired from adjunct faculty posts not protected by age discrimination law, pensions clause

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 3, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has given a failing grade to an attempt by a group of former adjunct faculty who sued the suburban community college who fired them rather than pay a state penalty for employing retirees drawing pensions from the state’s university pension fund, with the judge ruling neither federal age discrimination laws nor the Illinois state constitution’s pensions protection clause gives the instructors a legal claim.

Raymond Group, Ultimate Software Group allegedly collected workers' biometric data without consent

By Louie Torres | Feb 26, 2018

A man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Raymond Management Company Inc., which does business as the Raymond Group, and the Ultimate Software Group Inc. for allegedly collecting his biometric information without consent.

Accessibility suit vs Kohl’s can proceed; Judge: Moveable displays can be 'architectural barriers'

By DM Herra | Feb 13, 2018

A woman may proceed with her lawsuit claiming the layout of a Kohl’s store makes the store inaccessible to people with disabilities.

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.

BMO Financial Corp., others accused of letting woman trip over rug

By Louie Torres | Dec 27, 2017

An estate representative is suing BMO Harris Bank N.A., BMO Financial Corp. and 101 BRP LLC for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

SunOpta Grains and Food Inc. accused of supplying contaminated sunflower kernels

By Louie Torres | Dec 21, 2017

Several companies are suing SunOpta Grains and Food Inc. for alleged negligence, demanding the company pay more than $16 million for supplying conatiminated sunflower seeds, which were recalled and destroyed.

Grande Cheese Company, others allegedly failed to prevent woman from falling

By Louie Torres | Nov 27, 2017

A woman is suing Grande Cheese Company, Danelli's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Christopher Daniels and John Daniels for alleged negligence.

Federal appeals court tosses antitrust injunction that goes too far in car dealer software suit

By Dan Churney | Nov 13, 2017

A Chicago federal appeals panel has scrapped an injunction won by a Wisconsin business against a Hoffman Estates-based provider of software to car dealers, with the court saying the injunction improperly distorts the marketplace.

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.

Employers win new flexibility, after appeals court finds ADA 'not a medical-leave entitlement'

By Karen Kidd | Oct 4, 2017

Employers now may consider multiple-month medical leave requests under the Family and Medical Leave Act without analyzing Americans with Disabilities Act requirements after a federal court upheld a company's ADA win, a labor and employment attorney said.

Class action suit claims makers of Babyganics sunscreen misled consumers about SPF level

By Russell Boniface | Sep 6, 2017

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Chicago federal court by parents against the makers of Babyganics sunscreen for allegedly falsely advertising its products as providing a sun protection factor (SPF) of over 50.

Subway footlong class action plaintiffs to take another stab, after appeals court sliced 'worthless' deal

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 31, 2017

Less than five days after a federal appeals court threw out a settlement deal intended to cut short the litigation, a group of lawyers representing people suing Subway over the length of their footlong sub sandwiches have indicated they will now refresh their class actions against the ubiquitous fast food chain.

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