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Life after the Chicago Bears: Ex-players have collected $12.8M in Workers' Comp since 2000

Cook County Record

Former Bears running back Matt Forte racked up $43 million in pay before retiring after the 2017-18 season at age 32 because of knee injuries. Now, Forte is trying to get money for those injuries through the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

Madison County Record

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

N.Y. opioid litigation won't be stayed; Lawyers seeking 1,000 more county-plaintiffs

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York judge has refused to stay lawsuits by a number of New York counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors, rejecting arguments that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet determined whether narcotic painkillers are unnecessarily dangerous - a central question in any litigation.

Passengers allege Volaris Airlines flight delay caused them to miss travel plans

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Four airline passengers allege that they suffered a loss of vacation time because their flight from Chicago to Mexico was delayed three hours.

ACE Industrial Supply alleged to have continued calls to consumer after consent was revoked

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A resident and limited liability company in Warrenville, Illinois allege that their privacy has been invaded by telemarketing calls from an industrial tool company.

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Citizens United loses challenge of N.Y. law requiring disclosure of donors

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that dismissed claims filed by Citizens United that challenged a New York law that requires nonprofit organizations to reveal the names of donors.

Illinois woman injured in Paris terrorist attack files suit against social media giants over ISIS use of sites

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois citizen is suing social media websites for allegedly "aiding, abetting and knowingly providing support and resources to ISIS," the complaint states.

Plaintiffs attorneys want too much from IKEA phone survey settlement, group claims

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The Competitive Enterprise Institute says plaintiffs lawyers have taken too large a chunk out of a proposed class action settlement featuring XPO Logistics.

Defect in certain models of Kenmore dryers damages clothes, consumers allege

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Two consumers allege their Kenmore dryers have a defect that causes damage to clothes.

Oasis Energy alleged to be calling consumers for marketing purposes without consent

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Cook County, Illinois man alleges an energy company unlawfully called him to promote and offer the sale of electricity.

Samsung plasma televisions fail early, consumers allege

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Two consumers claim a Samsung plasma television they purchased failed prematurely.

Herndon denies summary judgment to State Farm in $9 billion RICO case

Madison County Record

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Feb. 6 denied summary judgment to State Farm on a $9 billion racketeering claim.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Oakland would pay 23.5% to private lawyers it hired for global warming lawsuit

OAKLAND (Legal Newsline) – The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.

DOJ facing broad challenge to anti-sanctuary city policy, prosecution advocate says

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. Department of Justice policy that ties federal funding to immigration-based requirements is being challenged nationwide, a prosecution advocate and former assistant U.S. attorney for California and Maryland said during a recent interview.

Midwest Research Laboratories CEO alleges identity was used to promote Innovus Pharmaceuticals product

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A chief executive officer of a research laboratory in Illinois claims a San Diego alleges his identity was used to advertise a topical cream without his authorization.

Two allege they lost money in TD Ameritrade Inc. trading strategy

CHICAGO – Two Illinois residents allege that they lost money in a trade strategy because facts were omitted about the risks of it.

Chicago law firm claims Bissell Inc. owes more than $200,000 for services

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Chicago law firm claims that two Michigan companies failed to pay for its legal services.

DOJ crackdown on 'sanctuary cities' a danger to public safety, amicus brief co-author says

Local law enforcement needs to be able to work with its immigrant communities unfettered by a Justice Department policy that ties federal funding to immigration-based requirements, a co-author of a brief in a Los Angeles case said during a recent interview.