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Trial lawyers: EPA admission of fault in Sterigenics emissions measuring won't matter to lawsuits vs company

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2018

As federal environmental regulators reassess their controversial measurements of emissions from the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook, a group of lawyers representing Willowbrook residents are continuing unfazed in their lawsuits against the company, based largely on findings in a federal report that relied heavily on the allegedly faulty data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Changes in Illinois Human Rights Act could bring more claims, lawsuits vs employers, attorney says

By John Sammon | Nov 29, 2018

The recent election of Democrat J.B. Pritzker as governor of Illinois could make the state more employee-friendly through impending changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), and an attorney advises employers should be ready to defend themsevles against more claims and lawsuits.

Appeals panel orders hearing on 'pro objectors' Bandas, Thut, attempt to secure payoff from Edelson class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 27, 2018

Two lawyers, described as “professional objectors” to class action settlements, will need to face a hearing and perhaps state disciplinary action, over their alleged attempt to secure a payoff, as a state appeals panel said they had essentially hidden behind a narrow interpretation of a court rule to deflect attempts to sanction them for taking “advantage of a situation described as ‘murky’ and with ‘unpredictable’ or ‘sporadic’ enforcement” to win potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time from other lawyers seeking to close the deal on their own million dollar paydays.

Employee accuses Reladyne of violating IL privacy law in scanning workers' fingerprints for timekeeping

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 21, 2018

A fuel delivery driver has filed a class action lawsuit against his employer under an Illinois privacy law, claiming the company didn't obtain written consent before scanning his fingerprints for use with its punch clock system.

Judge refuses to shut down racial discrimination class action vs Chicago water department

By D.M. Herra | Nov 21, 2018

Judge refuses to shut down racial discrimination class action vs Chicago water department

Consumer files suit against Southwaste Disposal, Waste Resource Management over sales call

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 20, 2018

Two companies based in Houston are alleged to have unlawfully called an Illinois man to solicit their services.

IL Supreme Court questions whether mom must prove 'harm' to sue over teen's Six Flags fingerprint scan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 20, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court justices appeared to take a dim view of assertions by a lawyer for Six Flags that a mother can't sue the theme park operator after the company required him to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass, even though she had not provided consent.

Class action targets Facebook, app maker Uiggy over 2016 data breach

By Scott Holland | Nov 20, 2018

A woman has targeted Facebook and the makers of online game app Uiggy with a class action, accusing them of allowing hackers to obtain her personal information and that of more than 4 million other Uiggy users in a data breach.

Coffee Meets Bagel users file suit over dating app's alleged lack of refund policy

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 20, 2018

A user of a smartphone dating app alleges it failed to offer a refund after he canceled premium services within three days of enrollment.

Judge sacks suit claiming McDonald’s late night drive-thru-only policy discriminates against visually impaired

By Dan Churney | Nov 15, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has fried a disability discrimination suit by a North Carolina man with visual impairments, saying the man’s lawsuit didn’t offer enough specifics to establish McDonald’s policy of only serving late night customers from its drive-up windows actually discriminated against him or others with visual impairments who cannot drive at night.

Judge OKs employment discrimination lawsuit, despite plaintiff's failure to list lawsuit on bankruptcy filing

By Scott Holland | Nov 8, 2018

A federal judge will allow a man to continue pushing an employment discrimination lawsuit despite his failure to list the possible proceeds from the lawsuit in an unrelated bankruptcy filing.

Xanitos employee alleges company violated BIPA with biometric time tracking system

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 7, 2018

A management company that provides services to hospitals is alleged to have unlawfully collected employee's fingerprints for use in its employee punch clocks.

AT&T call center workers hit employer with class action, claim were shorted OT pay

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 1, 2018

A group of employees who work at an AT&T call center have filed a lawsuit against the telecommunications company over allegations they were not paid for overtime work.

Motorcycle riders sue Harley-Davidson over allegedly defective tire pressure monitor

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 29, 2018

Consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group over allegedly defective tire pressure monitoring sensors in the CVO Limited motorcycle.

Appeals panel: $10M arbitrator’s class award invalid; Arbitration should have involved 1, not 175 employees

By Dan Churney | Oct 25, 2018

A Chicago federal appellate court has struck down a $10 million arbitration award to loan officers in a class action against Waterstone Mortgage, which alleged the company shorted officers on overtime pay, saying arbitration should only have involved the plaintiff, not another 174 employees who joined the action.

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