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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.

Illinois, Iowa attorneys general encourage FCC to fight Tribune, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to stop the proposed merger of the Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which she alleges will limit consumer choice and diversity.

Legal finance companies descend on Florida convention to build relationships with trial lawyers

By Maya Siobhan Redding | Jun 27, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - As Florida trial lawyers gathered last week for an annual meeting featuring an array of trending litigation seminars, another industry set up shop in a big way at the convention hall site.

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A dissident emerges in Pennsylvania's opioid litigation: Lehigh Co. claims its case has been highjacked

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

The fight for control of Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation is not over, as Lehigh County is not happy that its case has been grouped in with more than 30 others and that lawyers it previously rejected have been tasked with overseeing the proceedings.

In North Carolina, plant-based milk isn't milk, but only if other southern states agree

By John Breslin | Jun 19, 2018

North Carolina's General Assembly passed its farm bill last week, but a late amendment means there will no enforcement of a ban on plant-based products from being labeled as milk until more than 10 other states pass similar legislation.

Chicago asks judge to toss HomeAway's lawsuit over housing ordinance

By Charmaine Little | Jun 14, 2018

The City of Chicago has requested the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the Eastern Division dismiss a case that alleges one of its regulations favors Airbnb against competitor, HomeAway.com Inc.

Whistleblower alleges Smith & Wesson Corp. terminated him in retaliation

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 14, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A former employee for a Massachusetts-based company alleges he was terminated in retaliation for whistleblower complaints.

Prairie Rivers Network alleges Dynegy Midwest Generation is unlawfully discharging pollutants

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 8, 2018

URBANA, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois nonprofit organization alleges an energy company is unlawfully discharging pollutants into waterways.

Wyndham Hotels and Resort alleged to have invaded woman's privacy with calls to sell timeshare packages

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Studio City, California woman alleges a telemarketer invaded her privacy.

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Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2018

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes

Health care providers allege Walgreens faxes interrupted business

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 1, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Two Illinois health care providers allege they were sent unsolicited advertisements from a pharmacy chain.

Consumer alleges Logitech misrepresented number of drivers in speaker system

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The manufacturer of computer peripherals and accessories is alleged to have misrepresented the characteristics of a speaker system.

Woman alleges metal in Skittles candy injured teeth, caused headaches

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 1, 2018

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – A Wayne County, Michigan woman alleges metal embedded in Skittles candy damaged her teeth and gums and caused her to suffer daily headaches.

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Trial lawyer panel: Plaintiffs' lawyers adapting strategies to fit post-BristolMyersSquibb legal landscape

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 30, 2018

While the U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol Myers Squibb ruling has resulted in some big wins for businesses targeted by the plaintiffs' bar, new strategies and theories deployed by plaintiffs' lawyers may be blunting the further impact of that decision, despite high hopes from some it would largely thwart the ability of out-of-state plaintiffs to sue out-of-state defendants in a favorable court forum.

Plaintiff in Cirque du Soleil junk fax suit seeks reconsideration of Illinois-only class members

By Glenn Minnis | May 9, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiffs in a pending lawsuit before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division have filed a motion with the court to reconsider an order that partly granted class certification even as it found that class must be limited to Illinois class members.

Kohl's wants ADA lawsuit dismissed

By Amanda Thomas | May 9, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiff in a disability discrimination lawsuit against Kohl’s Corp. is fighting the company's effort to dismiss it.

Florida individual alleges GoHealth, Norvax unlawfully contacted him to sell health insurance

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 3, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A St. Petersburg, Florida resident alleges that several entities engaged in an illegal telemarketing scheme to sell health insurance.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear objection of $8.5M Google settlement; Class members get nothing, funds sent to lawyers' alma maters

By John Sammon | May 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Petitioners opposing Google's settlement of a class action lawsuit are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to provide greater clarity on the use of the doctrine of “cy pres” after a federal appeals court approved the agreement, sending millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations that are not plaintiffs in the case.

Google shareholders waited too long to sue company

By Robert Davis | Apr 24, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The 6th Appellate District Court of California has affirmed summary judgment awarded by the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in favor of officers and directors of Google LLC in a suit filed by shareholders.

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

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