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

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

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

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

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

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.

Federal judge says ERISA claim doesn't eclipse ex-VP's state wage law claims vs BMO Harris

A federal judge has kicked a wage dispute class action between a retired bank executive and BMO Harris Bank back to Cook County court, saying the executive's claim he had been shorted retirement benefits as owed under federal law did not legally eclipse his state law claims that the bank had misclassified him as an independent contractor while he worked for BMO post-retirement.

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.