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Federal Judge Says Credit Card Suit Against Target Can Proceed

CHICAGO - In a putative class action in which a plaintiff says Target Corp. violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) by including her credit card expiration date on receipts, a federal judge in Illinois on March 30 denied Target's ...read more

Judge Will Not Reconsider Decision To Strike, Deny Does' Motions To Quash

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge in a June 19 minute order denied a motion by Internet service provider (ISP) Comcast Cable Communications LLC to reconsider a magistrate judge's denial of two accused Doe downloaders' motions to quash discovery ...read more

Settlement Between Kraft, 401(k) Class In Investment Lawsuit Gets Final Approval

CHICAGO - A federal magistrate judge in Illinois on June 26 granted final approval to a $9.5 million settlement between Kraft Foods Global Inc. and participants in its 401(k) plan on claims that plan fiduciaries violated the Employee Retirement Income ...read more

Experts Nixed In Fatal Illinois Railroad Crash For Lacking Support

PEORIA, Ill. - Two plaintiff railroad safety experts lacked factual and scientific support for their opinions about when a train's horn and warnings were used before it crashed into a car stalled in a crossing, killing the car's driver, a federal ...read more

Putative Class Sues Bankrupt Peregrine For Allegedly Commingling Funds

CHICAGO - A putative class of customers who invested money with bankrupt Peregrine Financial Group Inc. sued CEO Russell R. Wasendorf Sr. and other principals on July 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging that they ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Denies Motion to Vacate Chicago Schools' 1998 Judgment

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on July 19 refused a motion by the Board of Education of the City of Chicago (CPS) to decertify a class of disabled students and vacate the judgment that CPS agreed to in 1998 and again in 2010, calling the motion "meritless" ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Class Suit Over Debt Collection Calls

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Aug. 10 denied a motion to dismiss a class complaint filed by two Illinois men who allege that they received automated phone calls to their cell phones from a debt collection company seeking to collect money from ...read more

Federal Judge Grants Injunction Prohibiting Litigation In China

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Aug. 16 adopted a magistrate's report and recommendation to grant an Illinois company's request for preliminary injunction enjoining a company from pursuing litigation against it in China in relation to purchase ...read more

Federal Judge Grants Class Certification To Some ERISA Fiduciary Duty Claims

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - A federal judge in Illinois on Sept. 24 granted class certification on breach of fiduciary duty claims by participants in retirement plans sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMC) related to excessive fees and company stock funds ...read more

Judge Rules On Summary Judgment, Class Certification Motions In Reimbursement Suit

CHICAGO - In separate opinions issued Oct. 12, an Illinois federal judge issued rulings on motions for summary judgment and for judgment on the pleadings and declined to grant class certification to 32 proposed classes in a wrongful reimbursement suit ...read more

2 Illinois Prisoners Allege Class Was Tortured, Forced To Confess To Crimes

CHICAGO - Two Illinois prisoners filed a class action petition for relief under the Illinois Post-Conviction Hearing Act on Oct. 16 in the Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that they and others were coerced through physical abuse into confessing to ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Approves Settlement Amount For Unpaid Overtime Claims

CHICAGO - While an Illinois federal judge on Oct. 19 approved the total dollar amount of a $49,000 settlement of class action wage-and-hour claims by employees of a nonprofit social services company, he denied a request to keep the settlement confidential ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Rejects Motion To Strike New Class Definition

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal magistrate judge on Oct. 30 denied an employer's motion to strike a new class definition in a racial discrimination suit filed by its employees and ordered the employer to instead respond to the plaintiffs' motion ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Denies Airline's Motion To Dismiss Delayed-Flight Claims

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Nov. 1 denied an airline's motion to dismiss a Texas couple's breach of contract claim alleging failure to compensate them for a delayed flight as required by the airline's conditions of contract and ...read more

Mealey's Class Actions Bulletin: Little Tucker Act Does Not Waive Government’s Sovereign Immunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Little Tucker Act doesn't waive the U.S. government's sovereign immunity when it comes to damages actions filed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C.S. § 1681 , (FCRA), a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled ...read more

Magistrate Judge Denies Sanctions Request For Deleted Emails

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A federal magistrate judge in Illinois on Nov. 9 denied a plaintiff's request to impose sanctions against an insurance company over its deletion of emails after finding that they were deleted more than a year before the company ...read more

Restaurant Employees Seeking Wages For Untipped Duties Granted Class Certification

CHICAGO - Three restaurant employees may proceed with their class complaint accusing their employer of paying them a "tipped" wage for time spent performing "untipped" duties, an Illinois federal judge ruled Nov. 14, granting class ...read more

Supplemental Expert Reports Permitted In Coating Exposure Personal Injury Lawsuit

CHICAGO - Motions to exclude testimony and expert supplemental reports about electronic cigarette use filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by a commercial truck driver who alleges respiratory injuries from exposure to ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Rejects Motions To Dismiss Suit Over Calls To Cell Phones

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Dec. 31 denied a motion to dismiss a class complaint accusing Caribbean Cruise Line Inc. (CCL) and several other companies of making unsolicited phone calls to people's cell phones using automated dialing technology ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Rules Class Claims Insufficient In Treated-Wood Lawsuit

CHICAGO - Class claims in a second amended complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for alleged property damage from the marketing of chromated copper arsenate treated wood were stricken Jan. 24, but failure-to ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Certifies Class Suing Over Faxed Ads

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on March 13 certified a class of recipients of faxed advertisements from a medical billing company that allegedly did not have prior express permission or an established business relationship (Florence Mussat, M.D. ...read more

Tying Arrangement Does Not Violate Antitrust Law, Illinois Federal Judge Rules

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on March 13 dismissed a class action filed by a purchaser against a concert promoter who claimed that the promoter illegally tied ticket sales to parking fees in violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive ...read more

Spoliation Issue A Matter For Trial, Magistrate Judge Says In Denying Sanctions

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - The issue of whether employees at the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) willfully destroyed mail receipts requested by a plaintiff inmate is a matter for trial, a federal magistrate judge in Illinois ruled March 20 in denying ...read more

Federal Judge Confirms Award Issued By Court Of Arbitration Of Barcelona

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on March 21 confirmed a Spanish arbitration award issued in favor of a cultural forum, finding that a council failed to show that the court lacked jurisdiction over the confirmation proceedings and failed to submit ...read more

Illinois Judge Quashes Subpoena Sought By Google In Copyright Case

CHICAGO - Efforts by a class of photographers and artists to compel a company that compiles television programming information to provide its data in a New York copyright action against Google Inc. were denied May 6 by an Illinois federal judge (American ...read more