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Little Caesars, ABT Electronics, Choice Hotels among latest hit by class actions over worker fingerprint scans

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 5, 2019

Four more big name brands, including Little Caesars, ABT Electronics and Choice Hotels, have been added to the list of employers facing class action lawsuits in Cook County courts under an Illinois privacy law, following a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

Judge pulls plug on class action vs Best Buy over Geek Squad TV repair plans

By Scott Holland | Feb 5, 2019

A federal judge has dismissed a beleaguered class action complaint accusing Best Buy of misrepresenting its Geek Squad product protection plans.

Judge OKs final deal to end class action vs Sears over flammable mowers; Lawyers get $2.75 million

By Scott Holland | Feb 1, 2019

A federal judge has approved settlement terms in a class action lawsuit looking to hold Sears liable for accusations some of its Craftsman riding lawnmowers caught fire as a result of faulty fuel systems. According to the settlement, Sears could pay out about $1 million to cover customer repairs, while paying the attorneys who prosecuted the case $2.75 million.

Class action: Chicago should pay up for red-light camera tickets from 2003-2010, too, not just 2010-2015

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 30, 2019

Less than a year since Chicago City Hall inked a settlement to end a class action over defective red-light and speeding camera ticket notices sent from 2010-2015, a new class action has landed in Cook County court demanding the city be made to pay out for similar notices delivered to others who got red light camera tickets in earlier years.

New BIPA class actions target Walmart, Handi-Foil, Bob's Discount Furniture, others over fingerprint scans

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 29, 2019

In the wake of an Illinois Supreme Court ruling appearing to green light such actions, a flurry of class action lawsuits have landed in Cook County courts in the last few days, accusing a number of employers, including Walmart, of violating a state privacy law in making employees scan their fingerprints when punching the clock or accessing cash registers.

IL appeals court: No need to show FedEx harmed anyone to press class action over card digits on receipt

By D.M. Herra | Jan 28, 2019

A state appellate panel says a woman doesn’t need to show she or anyone else was actually harmed when too many of her credit card numbers were printed on a receipt, and will allow her class action lawsuit against FedEx to resume.

IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.

Judge: Plaintiffs have work to do to press labeling fraud claim vs makers of Orijen, Acana brand cat foods

By Scott Holland | Jan 25, 2019

A federal judge took a large bite out of a class action complaint involving the makers of premium cat food.

Bed Bath & Beyond asst managers to get $1,750 each in $8.5M OT pay class action deal; attorneys ask $2.3M

By Dan Churney | Jan 21, 2019

Lawyers are ready to put to sleep a class action suit by assistant managers at Bed Bath & Beyond stores against the national retail chain, which gives $2.3 million to plaintiffs’ counsel and about $1,750 to each class member, in a suit that alleged the company shorted the managers out of overtime pay.

Drivers for LST Freight Inc., SRT Express allege they were misclassified as independent contractors

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 18, 2019

Two New York truck drivers have filed a class action suit against two Illinois corporations and an executive, saying they were misclassified as independent contractors.

Judge OKs Bandas' request barring Illinois law practice, orders end to Edelson's suit over class action objections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 18, 2019

Two days after a Texas lawyer offered “unconditional surrender” in a long-running court fight over accusations he and his associates acted as “professional” class action objectors to secure six-figure payoffs, a federal judge has accepted the lawyer’s offer, ordering the case closed.

Class action: Chicago’s pot ordinance fines too high, out of joint with state marijuana law

By Dan Churney | Jan 16, 2019

A woman has lodged a lawsuit saying Chicago’s marijuana ordinance should go up in smoke, because it allegedly violates the Illinois constitution by coming down too hard on those who take a toke, in comparison to what the state imposes.

Class action alleges Vallas campaign sent thousands of unsolicited texts

By Dan Churney | Jan 14, 2019

A class action lawsuit has been lodged against Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas, alleging Vallas’ campaign committee violated consumer protection law by sending automated text messages, which urged recipients to cast votes for Vallas.

Insurer asks to be excused from funding legal defense for grocer Caputo's Fresh Markets vs BIPA suit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 11, 2019

A suburban grocer, among the latest employers among a growing wave targeted with a class action lawsuit under an Illinois privacy law, may be forced to fund a greater share of its own defense after an insurer asked a judge to declare it has no obligation to help defend the case.

Class action: United Airlines shorting employees pay when on short-term military service

By Scott Holland | Jan 10, 2019

United Airlines is facing a federal class action from airline workers who say the company isn’t fully paying them for their time away on active military duty.

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