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Class action lawsuit claims Fedloan Servicing failed to credit student loan payments promptly

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 7, 2018

A former law student has filed a class action lawsuit against FedLoan Servicing, citing alleged interference with contract and fraud.

Chase to pay $19M to settle black financial advisors' suit alleging denied opportunities; lawyers to claim $5.5M

By Dan Churney | Sep 7, 2018

JP Morgan Chase Bank has agreed to pay more than $19.5 million to settle a class action suit brought in Chicago federal court by several of its employees, who alleged the banking giant assigned its black and African-American financial advisors to less profitable locations and denied them other opportunities to get ahead, because of their race.

Investors accuse LJM Partners of fraud in management of 'Preservation and Growth Fund'

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 6, 2018

Investors have filed a class action lawsuit against LJM Partners Ltd., citing alleged breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and gross negligence.

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Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

American Airlines workers bring class action saying material in new gray uniforms made them sick

By Scott Holland | Aug 29, 2018

American Airlines employees have filed a class action complaint against the carrier and the company that makes their new uniforms, alleging chemicals in the synthetic fabric have sickened thousands of workers.

Consumer files class action vs Laser Aesthetic Center over unwanted text message ads

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 22, 2018

A consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against a dermatology center, citing alleged invasion of privacy and negligence.

Car dealer's class action: Tribune, Sinclair, other TV broadcasters colluded to inflate ad rates

By Scott Holland | Aug 16, 2018

In the wake of a report indicating the federal government is looking into allegations a number of U.S. television broadcasters have colluded to inflate advertising rates, a Pennsylvania car dealer has filed suit in Chicago federal court accusing several broadcasters of just that.

Lawsuit: Landlord Jones Lang LaSalle forces tenants to use union labor, pay more for 'kickbacks'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 15, 2018

Saying the landlord’s acquiescence to the labor unions’ demands amounts to an illegal conspiracy to generate kickbacks for union contractors, a former tenant of an office high-rise owned by Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago’s Loop has delivered a class action lawsuit against its ex-landlord, demanding the company be made to pay back potentially thousands of current and former tenants throughout the city for forcing them to use more expensive union labor when renovating their offices or moving in or out of office space in the JLL-managed buildings.

Judge: Difference between 'mass action,' 'class action' means Pfizer can't flush Robitussin suit

By Scott Holland | Aug 10, 2018

A federal judge has rejected Pfizer’s attempt to scuttle a class action accusing the drugmaker of misleading consumers over the actual strength of its maximum strength Robitussin cough syrup, saying a U.S. Supreme Court decision doesn’t necessarily mean the company shouldn’t have to face a nationwide class action in Chicago federal court.

Sears reaches deal to end class action over flammable Craftsman mowers; Lawyers could get $3.2M

By Scott Holland | Aug 7, 2018

A federal judge has signed off on a preliminary deal to settle a class action lawsuit against Sears, which had leveled accusations that some of its Craftsman riding lawnmowers caught fire as a result of faulty fuel systems.

Checkers, Vibes Media can't dismiss text ads class action yet, judge says

By Chandra Lye | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge has denied a request by drive-in fast food restaurant chain Checkers and Vibes Media LLC to throw out a class action lawsuit accusing them of sending text messages to customers without including instructions for how to stop more from coming.

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.

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