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2 Illinois women accuse Chicago of issuing invalid traffic tickets

Robbie Hargett May 3, 2016, 12:23pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Two Illinois women are suing the city of Chicago, alleging it issued invalid speeding tickets.

In Illinois, some push bankruptcy as solution to troubled public budgets

Amanda Robert Apr. 20, 2016, 8:56am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

CDC's new opioid guidelines will be used by plaintiffs bar, WLF says

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 30, 2016, 9:41am

The agency’s final guidelines were released earlier this month, recommending primary care physicians use other therapies for chronic pain and exercise caution when prescribing the prescription drugs. The Washington Legal Foundation says it fears plaintiffs firms, some of which have ties to the guideline development committee, will end up using them in their pending litigation against drug makers.

N.H. judge rules fee agreement between AG, Cohen Milstein is invalid

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 16, 2016, 8:51am

Under the retainer agreement signed in September, the plaintiffs law firm known for its class action lawsuits -- and that has been hired by a growing number of state attorneys general in recent years -- could have earned 27 percent of the State’s net recovery if an investigation into a group of opioid makers proceeds.

Drug makers want Cohen Milstein law firm off New Hampshire investigation

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 17, 2016, 11:20am

A group of five pharmaceutical companies being investigated by state Attorney General Joseph Foster for their marketing of prescription opioids have filed motions with a state court to have the plaintiffs law firm barred, along with the enforcement of subpoenas from Foster’s office. The companies argue the firm has too much of a financial stake in the investigation.

Cohen Milstein law firm could see sizable returns if New Hampshire investigation into opioid makers proceeds

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 12, 2016, 9:35am

The prominent plaintiffs law firm known for its class action lawsuits -- and that has been hired by a growing number of state attorneys general in recent years -- could earn 27 percent of the State’s net recovery under a retainer agreement signed in September.

Miss. AG hires private lawyers to represent state in lawsuit against opioid makers

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 22, 2015, 8:46am

Attorney General Jim Hood signed a retention agreement with a Flowood, Miss., law firm last week. Hood is suing the pharmaceutical companies over alleged fraudulent marketing and sales of their painkillers.

Plaintiffs firm consultant helped develop CDC's controversial opioid guidelines

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 16, 2015, 2:13pm

The prominent plaintiffs law firm -- known for its class action lawsuits and having been hired by a number of state attorneys general in recent years -- currently is helping to represent the City of Chicago in a lawsuit filed against a group of pharmaceutical companies over the marketing of opioid painkillers.

Drug companies say City of Chicago’s revised complaint ‘still fails,’ seek dismissal

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 23, 2015, 3:00pm

The companies, including Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and Teva, argue that the city, for the third time, has failed to plead claims against them.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

Amanda Robert Aug. 7, 2015, 8:15am

Critic says disputes between Citizens Utility Board and utilities result in little benefit to taxpayers, while former CUB executive director takes issue with allegation that it is not focused enough on energy issues.

Cohen Milstein law firm strengthening relationships with state AGs, earning millions

Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 21, 2015, 2:44pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiffs law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has donated more than $70,000 to various state attorney general campaigns in the last five years.

Judge won't disqualify private lawyers representing Chicago in opioid lawsuit

Bethany Krajelis Mar. 5, 2015, 10:41am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge on Monday denied a request for relief from a group of pharmaceutical companies being sued by the City of Chicago over the marketing of opioid painkillers.

Drug company asks state court to halt Chicago's release of document sought in reporter’s FOIA request

Bethany Krajelis Oct. 23, 2014, 2:32pm

Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago

Chicago fighting motion to disqualify private firm it hired for opioid lawsuit

Bethany Krajelis Sep. 12, 2014, 11:29am

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Drug companies seek dismissal of City of Chicago's opioid lawsuit; claim issues fall within FDA’s jurisdiction

Bethany Krajelis Aug. 31, 2014, 8:23pm

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Chicago hires private firm for opioid lawsuit, withholds hourly rates

Amanda Robert Aug. 19, 2014, 3:13pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The City of Chicago has hired a private law firm to file a lawsuit against five pharmaceutical manufacturers, but it will not disclose the hourly fees the firm submitted or if the contract was ever put out to bid.

Opioid suit is latest brought by Calif. county with help from contingency fee attorneys

Amanda Robert Jul. 14, 2014, 7:06pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Santa Clara County in California has filed a lawsuit against five of the largest opioid manufacturers, marking at least the 10th time the county, which recently was among a group of government entities that earned a $1.15 billion verdict against the paint industry, has partnered with private law firms.

Illinois AG files lawsuit against coke site

Bryan Cohen Nov. 25, 2013, 8:00pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced a lawsuit against the owner and operator of a bulk materials storage facility, resolving allegations of air pollution violations.

Illinois judge rules against online travel companies, says they're underpaying city taxes

Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 24, 2013, 2:30pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) -- A Cook County judge said in a ruling Friday that online travel companies are not paying the city of Chicago enough in taxes.

.Y. AG announces victory for state's gun safety laws

Nick Rees Nov. 27, 2012, 6:49pm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a major court victory in defense of the state's gun safety laws on Tuesday.