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Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Appeals court gives new chance to class action vs IL treausurer over sales of unclaimed property

By Scott Holland | Jan 7, 2019

A federal appeals panel has again tossed a ruling from a Chicago federal jude, saying he ignored its earlier opinion in an ongoing dispute over how much the Illinois Treasurer’s Office owes to people whose unclaimed property it sold.

Class action: Digital exam proctoring biz Verificient scanned test takers' faces, knuckles without notice

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 4, 2019

A woman has brought a class action against a digital exam proctoring company, alleging its software scanned her face and knuckle geometry without the company informing her in writing the information was being collected.

Edelson wins order to dig deeper into Bandas firm, to broaden lawsuit over 'professional' class action objectors

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 4, 2019

Edelson P.C., one of Chicago’s most prominent class action law firms has won the chance to dig deeper into the practices of a group of lawyers it has accused of extorting payments from the Bandas Law Firm and other lawyers by acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, as the firm seeks to unearth further evidence it believes will lead to an injunction to effectively shut down its rival.

Appeals panel: Public workers' civil rights not violated by pension reform try; lawyers can't collect $1M fees

By Scott Holland | Jan 3, 2019

Lawyers can’t collect nearly $1 million in fees from the state for representing public workers suing over state attempts to reform public worker pensions, a state appeals court has ruled.

Class action: H&M broke Illinois privacy law, made workers scan fingerprints to use with punch clock

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

A former employee of retailer H&M has filed a class action against the company, alleging her privacy was violated when H&M scanned her fingerprint, and those of other employees, for use with a biometric punch clock.

Class action: CTL Global violated BIPA, forced employees to scan faces to use with punch clock

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

A former employee of an Elk Grove Village company has brought a class action lawsuit against his employer, accusing the company of failing to obtain his written consent to scan his face, and the faces of other employees, for use with a biometric punch clock system.

People suing Google over facial geometry scans of photos must prove real harm, not just 'feel aggrieved': Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 2, 2019

Saying the plaintiffs bringing the action must show how they were actually harmed, a Chicago federal judge has closed the window on a class action lawsuit accusing Google of violating an Illinois privacy law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its Google Photos service.

Lawsuit can continue vs DuPage Co. State's Atty investigator over psychotherapy records seizure

By Scott Holland | Dec 31, 2018

A federal class action accusing an investigator with the DuPage County prosecutor’s office of improperly seizing psychotherapy records will proceed, though without DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, who was removed as a defendant.

Class action: ConAgra 'reinterpretation' of retirement plans for recently terminated workers illegal

By Scott Holland | Dec 27, 2018

ConAgra faces a class action from former employees saying the company carried out an illegal “reinterpretation” of their retirement plan to deny millions of dollars in benefits.

Illinois Institute of Art students file class action over school's lost accreditation

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 21, 2018

Current and former students of the Illinois Institute of Art allege the school did not notify them that it lost their accreditation.

Lawyers jockey to lead investor lawsuits vs Camping World, Lemonis, over Gander Mountain losses

By Scott Holland | Dec 20, 2018

Camping World and its chairman, investor Marcus Lemonis, are facing legal action from investors unhappy with the loss of millions of dollars linked to the acquisition of the Gander Mountain franchise.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid judge rejects dismissal plea, orders first lawsuits to trial

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 20, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Opioid manufacturers and distributors lost their long-shot bid to end more than 1,000 lawsuits against them as the federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation rejected their motions to dismiss and ordered the first cases to trial next year.

Judge: Ex-TGI Friday's workers can't move forward with class action over unpaid vacation time

By Scott Holland | Dec 19, 2018

A federal judge has turned back another element of an attempted class action lawsuit brought by employees of TGI Friday's over allegedly unpaid vacation time.

Toyota hit with class action over eliminated support for apps in Entune Premium System

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 18, 2018

A man has filed a class action lawsuit against Toyota after it disabled support for an interactive feature for which he paid an additional cost.

Judge: Lawsuit vs Uber over wheelchair access can continue; Uber 'public accommodation' under ADA

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 18, 2018

A federal judge will allow plaintiffs with disabilities who use motorized wheelchairs to continue their ADA access lawsuit against Uber, saying he believed Uber coud be treated as a public accommodation under the Amercians with Disabilities Act.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid plaintiffs: A small percentage of pill shipments were 'suspicious.' Or maybe it's nearly all of them

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 14, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Forced to identify opioid prescriptions they say were “suspicious” and never should have been shipped, Ohio cities and counties came up with a rough estimate. Very rough.

Judge boxes up class action vs Fannie May over amount of candy in its packages

By Scott Holland | Dec 13, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago sided with Fannie May and has bagged a class action complaint accusing the chocolatier of under filling its candy packages.

Sephora customer alleges Virtual Artist Kiosks don't inform customers in writing of biometrics collection

By Bree Gonzales | Dec 12, 2018

An Illinois woman alleges a virtual kiosk used by cosmetics retailer Sephora for customers to digitally apply cosmetic products collects biometric information without complying with state law.

Wisconsin man brings class action vs Culligan, says called him without consent after ending service

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 11, 2018

A Wisconsin man has brought a class action against Culligan Water Technologies, accusing the company of calling him without his consent.

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