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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Judge sinks footlong sub sandwich suit, calls dismissed action ‘worthless’ and a ‘racket’

A Chicago federal appeals panel suffered heartburn from a class-action suit, which claimed Subway Footlong sandwiches cheat customers by occasionally measuring just under a foot, likening the litigation to a “racket” that lines the pockets of plaintiffs’ lawyers, but does little else

Willowbrook woman assaulted, stabbed by home invader sues Kwikset, Home Depot over failed lock

A woman attacked in her Willowbrook home in 2015 is trying to hold responsible the companies that made and sold the lock on the door the assailant broke through to gain entry.

Appeals court: EEOC can keep investigating Union Pacific even after specific discrimination case tossed

Federal employment discrimination regulators are not limited to pursuing their own discrimination investigations against employers, even after a case under which the agency launched an investigation is dismissed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Judge severs disability access class action attempt vs Kohl's, says not near enough settlement

After rejecting an attempt by advocates for those with disabilities to turn their lawsuit over accessibility standards at Kohl’s department stores into a nationwide class action against the retailer, a federal judge has separated the cases, saying he does not hold out much hope the parties will agree to a settlement to resolve their disputes over such things as the width of Kohl’s store aisles and whether stores lived up to the retail chain’s “Shopability Standards.”

Suit claims Micron Industries, ManPowerGroup interfered with man's FMLA rights

A former employee is suing Micron Industries Corporation and ManPowerGroup US Inc., citing alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and violation of Workers' Compensation acts.

Seventh Circuit: Patent law can't be used to press asbestos exposure liability claims

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has upheld lower courts’ dismissal of several asbestos exposure lawsuits brought against door maker Weyerhaeuser Company and Owens-Illinois Inc., saying their dispute with Weyerhauser should be handled under Wisconsin’s workers compensation law, and their claims against Owens-Illinois don’t belong in court at all.

Appeals panel: Couple can sue American Family, alleging agent misled them on coverage

A state appeals panel will allow a couple to pursue their claim their insurance agent failed to provide them with the coverage they had requested - and which they later needed - to fund their defense against a defamation claim brought against their son, who was accused of bullying another child.

Class action OK'd vs Oakton Community College over decision to no longer hire SURS pensioners

An age discrimination class action against Oakton Community College after the college decided to no longer hire those collecting pensions through the State Universities Retirement System will be allowed to proceed, after a federal judge weighed in on the matter.

Nationwide disability access class action vs Kohls thwarted by differing layouts of retail chain's stores

A disability rights class action brought against Kohl’s more than two and a half years ago is on the shelf after a federal judge in Chicago denied class certification, saying, because Kohl’s store layouts vary from store to store, plaintiffs would have too difficult of a time proving the retailer had in place a nationwide policy diminishing access to people using wheelchairs.

Kohl's allegedly obtained customer's credit report without authorization

A customer is suing Kohl's Department Stores Inc. for allegedly obtaining his personal credit report without authorization.

Federal appeals court: ADA accommodation rules don't rule out competition for jobs; SCOTUS could decide

A decision by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga., says employers are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to surrender the search for the best qualified candidate for a job when considering a disability accommodation job transfer request from a disabled employee. 

Illinois considering adopting Uniform Bar Examination; Chicago Kent College law dean in support

Illinois is considering whether to adopt the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), a nationally recognized standardized legal bar exam that is rapidly gaining acceptance nationwide. And a Chicago law school dean on the committee weighing the question said he believes adopting the UBE would be a smart move.

Seventh Circuit says employers can't force workers to sign away rights to sue over OT, other wage claims

Employers can still ask employees to sign contracts sending disputes over overtime or other wage and hour issues to arbitration, bypassing the courts. But a federal appeals panel in Chicago said any attempts to force employees to sign such agreements as a condition of employment violates federal law, leaving such contracts unenforceable.

American Family didn't defraud by refusing to pay full amount for collision repairs, judge says

While American Family Insurance may have intentionally chosen to pay less than the full cost of repairing vehicles damaged in collisions with its insured drivers – even when the driver insured by American Family was entirely to blame for a crash – that does not mean the insurer has committed fraud, or that motorists stuck with the remainder of the repair bill should be allowed to sue the insurer under Illinois law, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.

Insurance firm, homeowners association sues contractor, architect over water damage

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