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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.

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.

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