U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit News

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

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.

Federal courts taking another look at transgender individuals' rights under Title VII

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 30, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Seemingly at odds with some recent activities by the federal Department of Justice, federal circuit courts in various parts of the country seem poised to take a new look at various kinds of gender and gender-identity discrimination.

Court says size of 2x4s isn't misleading, but class action plaintiffs appealing to Seventh Circuit

By Sara McCleary | Nov 14, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Two plaintiffs who accused a hardware store chain of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (ICFA) have appealed a trial court’s dismissal of their claims.

Plaintiffs in class action lawsuit over Subway’s ‘footlong’ sandwiches abandon litigation

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 3, 2017

The plaintiffs filed a two-page stipulation of dismissal without prejudice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Oct. 24. Their voluntary dismissal comes nearly two months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed a proposed settlement agreement, describing it as “utterly worthless.”

Seventh Circuit: EEOC is wrong, man's 'multi-month absence' beyond reasonable accommodation under ADA

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 10, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has denied an appeal by a worker who claimed his former employer, Heartland Woodcraft Inc., violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it terminated him after a back surgery left him unable to return to work for several months.

Seventh Circuit shoots down cosmetology student's attempt to be considered an employee

By Russell Boniface | Sep 29, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed a decision that a cosmetology student who worked at a beauty school salon was not an employee of the school.

Litigation over length of Subway’s footlong sandwiches to continue; plaintiffs say they plan to pursue case

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 27, 2017

The plaintiffs filed their notice of termination of settlement agreement days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s Aug. 25 decision. The Seventh Circuit reversed the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin’s decision certifying a proposed class and approving a settlement in the case, calling it “utterly worthless.”

Seventh Circuit, on Volvo ‘pick-off’ case: Timing of offer has no effect

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 7, 2017

The proposed class action, Laurens v. Volvo, is about a car buyer’s disappointed expectations. The dispute, in particular, centers on the difference between Volvo’s model XC90 and the XC90 T8. Both are luxury SUVs, but the XC90 runs on gas, whereas the T8 is a plug‐in hybrid.

Seventh Circuit: Settlement in case over length of Subway’s footlong sandwiches ‘utterly worthless’

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 6, 2017

The plaintiffs in the case alleged foot-long sandwiches sold at Subway restaurants were marketed as being 12 inches in length, when, in fact, they were not. According to their complaint, Subway’s alleged business practices violated state consumer protection statutes.

Seventh Circuit orders dismissal of class action FACTA receipt suit, says plaintiff didn't prove harm

By Erianne Leatherman | Dec 29, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit this month ordered a lower court to dismiss a case that centered on a receipt plaintiff Jeremy Meyers received after dining at Nicolet Restaurant of De Pere LLC. The receipt did not abbreviate the expiration date on his credit card, which is a violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

State AGs ask U.S. SC to review lawyer payout in class action settlement

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 28, 2016

The original dispute involved allegations of consumer fraud over gym membership contracts with fitness club company Global Fitness Holdings LLC. In particular, plaintiffs alleged that between 2006 and 2012, the company sold memberships and incorrectly charged fees pertaining to cancellation, facility maintenance and personal-training contracts.

Sixth Circuit sides with plaintiffs in data breach class actions, says it would be ‘unreasonable’ for customers to wait for misuse

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 26, 2016

Mohammad Galaria and Anthony Hancox brought their class actions, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, respectively, after hackers breached Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s computer network in October 2012 and stole their personal information, along with more than 1 million others.

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