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SCOTUS takes Merck's Fosamax appeal, could boost GSK's appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 3, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to wade into the contentious question over whether a pharmaceutical company can be held liable for failing to warn consumers and doctors of a drug’s potential effects, potentially portending significant implications for a $3 million verdict a jury awarded to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide in the Loop after taking the generic version of an antidepressant drug.

IL Supreme Court decides to take up Six Flags fingerprint privacy case; spurs fresh rise in BIPA lawsuits

By Cook County Record | Jun 29, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments over the question of whether the rights of a mother and her teen son were violated under an Illinois privacy law when theme park operator Six Flags required the young man to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass. And the court's decision to take up the case appears to have helped spur a renewed spurt of lawsuits brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

U.S. appeals panel lets lawsuit reform advocate Ted Frank explore possible class action 'objector blackmail'

By Dan Churney | Jun 29, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court is giving a lawsuit watchdog group a chance to show whether attorneys for three objectors to a $9 million class action settlement allegedly tried to squeeze extra money for themselves from the settlement by lodging objections on behalf of their clients.

Appeals panel: IL law nixes Chicago Joe's Tea Room try to force open Broadview strip club

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 29, 2018

A group of investors – most of whom have remained concealed by what judges called an “obscure trail of contracts, trusts, and illusory commitments” – seeking to open a strip club in Broadview have suffered another setback as they try to force the suburban community to grant them the permit they need to open the establishment, in a ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Appellate: South Loop condo developers' suit vs ex-lawyers over parking space flap not too late

By Cook County Record | Jun 29, 2018

A state appeals court has given a new lease to a legal malpractice suit brought by the developers of a South Loop condo building, saying the plaintiffs were not too late in filing their legal action amid a squabble with the condo building's association over parking space rights six years after the developers thought required legal documents had been filed.

US Supreme Court: Forced collection of 'fair share' union fees unconstitutional, violates workers' free speech rights

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 27, 2018

Compelling non-union government workers to pay so-called “fair share fees” to unions they do not wish to join violates the First Amendment speech rights of non-union workers and is unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, finding in favor of an Illinois state worker who had sued to end the fees, also known as agency fees, in Illinois and across the country.

Appeals panel: Gidwitz, family, associates still owe $13M in legal fees to former Ungaretti lawyers

By Scott Holland | Jun 26, 2018

A prominent Illinois businessman and Republican, who was nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium, and some of his associates remain on the hook to pay millions of dollars in legal fees after an appeals panel upheld a judicial decision.

Appeals court upholds NCAA rule requiring transfers to sit out one season before playing

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 26, 2018

The NCAA can require student athletes to wait at least one full academic year before playing when transferring to a new Division 1 university or college, a federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled.

Appeals panel: 'Obnoxious' condo owner has right to free speech, to view evidence when accused by association

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 21, 2018

While condo associations are not extensions of the government, they still must respect the First Amendment rights of condo owners, and must disclose evidence to those accused of violating association rules before assessing fines, a divided state appeals panel has ruled. However, a dissenting justice warned the ruling had the potential to bog the courts down in near endless streams of intra-condo association squabbles.

Appeals court: No arbitration over claims Personnel Staffing transferred funds to sidestep arbitration award

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 20, 2018

A state appeals court has refused to send to arbitration a dispute between insurer Zurich American and Personnel Staffing Group, in which Zurich claims PSG attempted to transfer more than $10 million to avoid paying an arbitration award.

EEOC doesn't owe CVS' legal bills for failed suit; Not frivolous, even though agency didn't follow rules

By Dan Churney | Jun 18, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court ruled that although the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should not have filed a labor law suit against the CVS Pharmacy chain without first trying conciliation, the EEOC should not have to pay the company’s legal costs, because the suit was not frivolous.

No constitutional right to referendums, appeals panel says, ending Calumet term limits tussle

By Scott Holland | Jun 18, 2018

A federal appeals panel said citizens have no constitutional right to place referenda on ballots, rejecting an appeal from a Calument City official and state lawmaker challenging state rules limiting the number of referendums that can appear on the ballot at the same time.

Chicago federal appeals panel slaps down man’s try for more cash from hip replacement settlement

By Dan Churney | Jun 14, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel made quick work of a “dubious” suit by an Arkansas man, who attempted to extract more money from a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective artificial hip devices, by claiming the “settlement agreement” he signed with the hip device maker was not an agreement, but actually a nonbinding offer.

IL Supreme Court takes up Six Flags fingerprint scanning case, to answer question: Who can sue under BIPA?

By Kory Oswald | Jun 14, 2018

With class action lawsuits piling up against employers and other businesses, the Illinois Supreme Court will soon step in to perhaps answer the question of who may sue under a state privacy law when an employer or merchant scans their fingerprints or other biometric identifiers to verify their identity for theme park admission, participation in various programs or to track hours worked, among other purposes.

From Legal Newsline

Nissan appeals to Seventh Circuit seeking arbitration in Infiniti peeling paint class action

By Charmaine Little | Jun 13, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A major car company accused of selling vehicles with defective paint appealed the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in an ongoing class action lawsuit against it and a dealership May 16.

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