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Judge: Social media IDs too murky to let class action continue vs Groupon over Instagram photos

By Dan Churney | Mar 6, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has refused to grant class action status to a woman's lawsuit against Chicago-based Groupon, which alleged the e-commerce provider has wrongly used Instagram photos to promote its deals for restaurants and other businesses, saying there are too many individualized claims for a class action to be practical.

Attorney: Businesses potentially targeted by biometric privacy suits can take steps to limit damage

By Cook County Record | Mar 4, 2019

Despite an Illinois Supreme Court ruling seeming to fling wide the gates for a surge of new lawsuits against employers and others under an Illinois biometric privacy law, businesses targeted by such litigation can still take steps to reduce their risk of massive damages, an attorney with expertise in the field says.

Subway not on the hook for T-Mobile promo texts offering free sandwiches, judge says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 4, 2019

A T-Mobile customer can’t make fast food sandwich chain Subway pay up for a promotional text message sent by the wireless carrier offering its customers free sandwiches as a reward for being a T-Mobile user, a federal judge has ruled.

Class action: Chicago trying to use parking tickets to offset losses from 2008 sale of meters on backs of poor

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 1, 2019

A class action lawsuit has accused the city of Chicago of essentially recouping its losses from the sale of its parking meters from the pockets of low-income city residents and others dinged with parking tickets, fines and fees they called unconstitutionally excessive.

Class action: Fortnite makers didn't protect users' accounts, payment info from hackers in late 2018

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 22, 2019

The makers of the Fortnite video game have been hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging they allowed a security breach to remain in place for at least two months, which allowed their users’ in-game identities to be hijacked and expose their real-life personal and financial information.

Justice Dept: Class action deal should crumble; Serves only to pay lawyers, promote Lenny & Larry's cookies

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 21, 2019

The federal government has asked a federal judge to crumble a deal to end a false labeling class action lawsuit against Lenny & Larry’s, the makers of high-protein cookies, saying the settlement is far too lopsided, as it leaves attorneys with more than $1 million and consumers with perhaps a few crumbs, should they be lucky enough to land a cut of $3 million worth of free cookies.

Plaintiffs who downloaded Runkeeper app file suit over alleged invasion of privacy

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 20, 2019

Consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against a mobile advertising network, citing alleged deliberate intent and invasion of privacy.

Bandas banishment prompts try to box out other objectors from plagued Pella Windows class action deal

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 13, 2019

Seizing on a federal judge’s order barring “serial” class action settlement objector Christopher Bandas from further objecting to class action settlements, a group of lawyers seeking to cash in on a sizable settlement in a controversy-plagued class action against Pella Windows have asked a federal judge to box out other objectors from collecting off their deal, because Bandas had been among those objectors.

Class action vs Chicago over distracted driving tickets OK to continue; City: Not really a moving violation

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 12, 2019

A Cook County judge, for now, has allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed against the city of Chicago, brought by a group of people who claimed the city wrongly prosecuted tens of thousands of distracted driving tickets.

Appeals panel: Zillow's 'Zestimate' online home value estimations just opinion, not illegal appraisals

By Scott Holland | Feb 11, 2019

A federal appeals panel has upheld a federal judge’s decision to end a lawsuit accusing Zillow of breaking state consumer fraud laws when it uses its “Zestimates” to assign values to homes across the country.

Two IL labor unions partner to sue opioid makers, distributors, promoters; Edelson firm to represent

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 7, 2019

Two unions have added their names to the long and growing list of organizations suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers.

Judge: Employees classified together for overtime exemption can sue together for overtime pay

By D.M. Herra | Feb 7, 2019

A federal judge refused to break up a class action lawsuit against freight service Total Quality Logistics, finding the company’s own policies undermine its argument that the class members are too different to qualify for class certification.

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.

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