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Groupon, 3rd party sellers can't be required to offer ADA accessible seating, lodging options: Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 31, 2018

A federal judge has shut down a disability discrimination lawsuit against Groupon, saying the online bargains site should not be considered a place of public accommodations, and so can’t be required to sell tickets for event seating or vouchers for hotel rooms accessible to those with disabilities.

Lawsuit: Expedia partner scheduled nonrefundable hotel reservations on wrong dates

By DM Herra | Jul 30, 2018

A Wisconsin man is suing travel website Expedia and its partner Eventblocks, claiming nonrefundable hotel reservations made through the sites cause users’ reservations to land on incorrect dates, causing them to miss the events, such as the Taste of Chicago, which had prompted them to book in the first place.

Lawsuit: Chicago racks up 'hundreds of millions' in excessive fines for 'minor violations,' too punitive to be legal

By Scott Holland | Jul 23, 2018

A Chicago man has initiated a class action complaint against the city, claiming its penalties for minor violations like parking tickets or missing car window stickers are so punitive – particularly against those “least able to pay them” – that they violate state law. He is represented by the same lawyers which recently announced a $38 million settlement agreement with City Hall over its red light camera program, earning the firm $11 million in fees.

Class action accuses Cook County courts clerk of leaving too much personal info in traffic court records

By Scott Holland | Jul 19, 2018

A Cook County woman has initiated a federal class action against Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown concerning what information can be disclosed on public records.

Exotic dancer lawsuit: Admiral Theatre strip club misclassifies dancers as contractors, sidesteps wage laws

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 11, 2018

An exotic dancer has thrown a class action lawsuit into the lap of one of Chicago’s most storied strip clubs, accusing owners of the Admiral Theatre of misclassifying them as independent contractors, rather than employees, to short them wages and make them rely exclusively on customers’ tips.

LifeTime Fitness settles ex-trainers' wages, whistleblower class action for $700K; lawyers to get $245K

By DM Herra | Jul 9, 2018

LifeTime Fitness has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a class action brought by a group of former trainers who sued the fitness chain over back wages and claims the company violated whistleblower laws.

Deceptive practices class action to proceed against All Web Leads, with up to 2 million class members

By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2018

A federal judge has given the nod to allow a group of plaintiffs to move forward with a class action lawsuit, potentially involving 2 million additional plaintiffs, claiming a web company that generates "leads" for the insurance industry used deceptive practices to lure customers.

Judge stomps action vs LL Bean over boot warranty; LL Bean: Not meant to be lifetime replacement plan

By Scott Holland | Jul 2, 2018

A federal judge stomped out a class action complaint accusing LL Bean of misrepresenting the expected lifespan of its iconic boots.

Janus decision could give IL caregivers new shot at reclaiming $32M in unconstitutional union fees: SCOTUS

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 28, 2018

A day after overturning the legal precedent that allowed public sector unions to use the state to grab a share of non-union workers’ paychecks, the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court in Chicago to use its ruling to take another look at his decision forbidding a group of home caregivers from suing a labor union to claw back some of the $32 million in similar fees the state had taken from the caregivers and paid to the union.

Judge: Jimmy John's can't be considered 'joint employer' of asst managers working at franchise shops

By Scott Holland | Jun 28, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has ordered up a win for Jimmy John’s, saying the sandwich shop chain cannot be considered the joint employer of a group of assistant managers suing in search of overtime pay.

Judge: 'Too many assumptions' in man's Medicare fraud class action vs United Healthcare over home visits

By Dana Herra | Jun 22, 2018

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit a man attempted to bring against his insurance company, ostensibly on behalf of the federal government, claiming the UnitedHealthcare was defrauding Medicare by scheduling unnecessary in-home nurse visits for him and others.

Class action: Mt. Prospect apartments owner Invesco levies improper charges vs Spanish-speaking tenants

By Scott Holland | Jun 22, 2018

A class action complaint accuses property management firm Invesco of obtaining fraudulent judgments against Hispanic tenants, then using the money as part of an unspecified “wealth management scheme.”

Abbvie wins another bellwether trial amid mass action over Androgel testosterone drug

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 15, 2018

A federal jury has handed a win to North Chicago-based drugmaker Abbvie, as it continues to seek to fend off a mass of legal claims accusing the company’s testosterone replacement therapy drug, Androgel, of causing heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.

From Legal Newsline

Nissan appeals to Seventh Circuit seeking arbitration in Infiniti peeling paint class action

By Charmaine Little | Jun 13, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A major car company accused of selling vehicles with defective paint appealed the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in an ongoing class action lawsuit against it and a dealership May 16.

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