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Kahn & Associates Announces Consumer Class Action Against Toyota

CHICAGO — Kahn & Associates Ltd., a Northfield, Ill., law firm with experience in the prosecution of nationwide consumer and investor class actions, announced Feb. 17 that it filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a class of Illinois purchasers of new and used...

Illinois Committee To Hold Public Hearings On Proposed State Code Of Evidence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on Illinois Evidence has scheduled hearings in Chicago and Springfield next week on a proposed Illinois Code of Evidence. The hearing in Chicago will be held Tuesday, May 18, at 160 N. LaSalle Street, Room C-500. It is scheduled...

Illinois Committee To Hold Hearings Next Week On Proposed Code Of Evidence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on Illinois Evidence has scheduled hearings in Chicago and Springfield next week on a proposed Illinois Code of Evidence. The hearing in Chicago will be held Tuesday, May 18, at 160 N. LaSalle Street, Room C-500. It is scheduled...

Illinois Appeals Court Revives Light Cigarette Lawsuit

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - (AP) A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-making Philip Morris USA before it was tossed out by the Illinois Supreme Court has been revived by a lower court, sending the case back to the county once tagged as among the nation's most lawsuit-friendly...

Illinois Teacher Sues Author Over 'Three Cups Of Tea'

CHICAGO - (AP) Efforts to start a class-action lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson in Montana now include Illinois. Former teacher Deborah Netter of Lake County filed suit this month in Illinois federal court against Mortenson, his coauthor and publisher seeking damages...

Illinois Woman Drops Lawsuit Against 'Three Cups Of Tea' Author

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) An Illinois woman has dropped her lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, leaving just one legal claim that millions of people were duped into buying Mortenson's books and donating to his charity based on lies. Former teacher Deborah Netter dropped...

State Employee Union In Illinois Sues Over Pay Freeze

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - (AP) A major state employee union has filed a federal lawsuit over Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to cancel raises for thousands of workers. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed the suit Friday in Springfield. The lawsuit asks a federal judge...

Keller and Heckman LLP Litigation Alert: In the Wake of Nicastro, Illinois Reaffirms Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturer

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro [ enhanced version available to lexi.com subscribers ], seemingly limited the power of state courts to exercise specific jurisdiction over a foreign defendant. Nicastro held, in a divided opinion, that a small number of sales...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 3rd Time The Charm For 'Copycat' Class Action

By Sarah T. Reise In a decision sure to encourage the practice of filing of "copycat" class actions, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a class was properly certified even though other two judges in the same federal district had previously refused to certify the proposed...

7th Circuit Says Motion To Consolidate Depakote Suits Triggers CAFA Jurisdiction

CHICAGO - Resolving a split between two district courts, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 16 ruled that plaintiffs' motions to consolidate 10 Illinois state court cases involving Abbott Laboratories' anti-seizure drug Depakote were sufficient to create a mass action that makes...

High Court Agrees to Hear Appeal Of Ruling On Government Workers' Age Discrimination Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 18 agreed to hear the appeal of a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that state and local government employees may bring age discrimination claims directly under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution...

Illinois Jury Awards $2.2Million To Widower In 1st Humira Infection Case To Go To Trial

CHICAGO - (Mealey's) An Illinois state court jury on May 9 found Abbott Laboratories negligent and ordered it to pay a plaintiff $2,244,063 for a near-fatal infection his late wife suffered while taking the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, according to the plaintiff's law firm ( Milton Tietz...

Class Certification Granted To Property Owners In Illinois Oil Refinery Spill

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — (Mealey’s) An Illinois federal judge granted class certification Sept. 3 to owners of 387 properties in the Village of Roxana, Ill., who claim diminution of value as a result of alleged contamination of the land, air and water with benzene and other cancer-causing...

William A. Ruskin: Comcast Corp. v. Behrend's Impact In Toxic Tort Litigation

By William A. Ruskin I have written about how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast v. Behrend has had the practical result of raising the bar for class certification and leveling the playing field for corporate defendants [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Until recently...

Illinois Appeals Court Reinstates $10 Billion ‘Light’ Cigarettes Verdict

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — (Mealey’s) A $10.1 billion consumer fraud verdict stemming from Philip Morris USA Inc.’s marketing of “light” cigarettes was reinstated April 29 by Illinois' Fifth District Appellate Court ( Sharon Price, et al. v. Philip Morris Inc. , No. 5-13-0017...

Illinois Jury Finds For Takeda In Actos Bladder Cancer Trial

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) An Illinois state court jury on May 15 returned a defense verdict in an Actos bladder cancer death case after four weeks of testimony ( In Re: Actos Litigation , No. 11 L 010011, Diane Whitlatch, et al. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., et al. , No. 12 L 6087,...

NCAA, Student-Athletes Reach Settlement In Head-Injury Class Action

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and student-athletes claiming head injuries suffered in intercollegiate play reached a $75 million settlement of their federal class action suit July 29 ( In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 10 Medical Malpractice Verdicts of 2014

During 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable medical malpractice verdicts from across the country. This informal list of top 10 cases captured our attention, so we thought you might like to hear about them. Our list includes substantial plaintiff’s...

March 2014 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During February 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. We’ve come up with an informal list of the top five cases that really captured our attention this past month. If you are interested in submitting...

The March 2015 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During March, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: April Top Personal Injury Suits

During April, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. Every month, we try to make a list of the top five cases that captured our attention. This month, however, we covered so many really interesting cases, we decided...