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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Google Says Standing, Injury Lacking In Suits Over Illinois Biometric Law

CHICAGO - The plaintiffs in two putative class actions alleging violation of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) lack standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, Google LLC says in an April 23 summary judgment motion in Illinois federal court, arguing that the plaintiffs have not established a concrete injury under the act (Lindabeth Rivera v. Google LLC, No. 1:16-cv-02714, and Joseph Weiss v. Google LLC, No. 1:16-cv-02870, N.D. Ill.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Illinois Federal Judge OKs Copyright Claim Against Copycat Website

CHICAGO - Allegations by the operator of a trading website that a customer opened an account solely with the intention of copying the plaintiff's business model and associated intellectual property can proceed, an Illinois federal judge ruled April 18 (TopstepTrader LLC v. OneUp Trader LLC, et al., No. 17-4412, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64815).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Insurers Who Had Settlement Rejected Oppose Oakfabco's Disclosure Statement

CHICAGO - Chapter 11 debtor Oakfabco Inc. on Feb. 21 modified its plan of liquidation and disclosure statement to answer questions by three insurers whose $9.78 million settlement offer was rejected by the debtor and who filed the only objection to the disclosure statement in the Illinois federal bankruptcy court case (In re: Oakfabco, Inc., No. 15-27062, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Mississippi Top Court Allows Asbestos Trust Setoffs From FELA Verdict

JACKSON, Miss. - Nothing in the state's precedent or the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) precludes setting off an asbestos verdict with amounts recovered from asbestos trusts, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held Feb. 15 (Illinois Central Railroad Co. v. Bennie Oakes, et al., No. 2015-TS-00644, Miss. Sup., 2018 Miss. LEXIS 67).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Mississippi Top Court Allows Asbestos Trust Setoffs From FELA Verdict

JACKSON, Miss. - Nothing in the state's precedent or the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) precludes setting off an asbestos verdict with amounts recovered from asbestos trusts, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held Feb. 15 (Illinois Central Railroad Co. v. Bennie Oakes, et al., No. 2015-TS-00644, Miss. Sup., 2018 Miss. LEXIS 67).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Mississippi Top Court Allows Asbestos Trust Setoffs From FELA Verdict

JACKSON, Miss. - Nothing in the state's precedent or the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) precludes setting off an asbestos verdict with amounts recovered from asbestos trusts, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held Feb. 15 (Illinois Central Railroad Co. v. Bennie Oakes, et al., No. 2015-TS-00644, Miss. Sup., 2018 Miss. LEXIS 67).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Trims Waste-Processing Facility's RCRA Claims Against Port District

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on Feb. 15 found that a waste-processing company could not pursue claims that a port district violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when constructing piers in the 1960s and 1970s using contaminated materials because the plaintiff did not provide sufficient presuit notification to inform the district about the alleged violations (Clean Harbors Services Inc. v. Illinois International Port District, No. 12-CV-7837, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24583).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - L.L. Bean Hit With Class Complaint After Changing Return Policy

CHICAGO - L.L. Bean Inc. violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and other laws when it abruptly changed its "100% Satisfaction Guarantee" policy allowing returns of any product at any time to a limited one-year warranty, an Illinois man alleges in his class complaint filed Feb. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Victor Bondi, et al. v. L.L. Bean, Inc., No. 18-1101, N.D. Ill.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Woman Files Class Action Suit Over Sherwin-Williams' Dock, Deck Resurfacer

CHICAGO - Two dock and deck resurfacing products made by Sherwin-Williams Co. and its subsidiaries are allegedly defective because they prematurely peel, bubble and crack, allowing the elements to penetrate the surface, a woman says in a nationwide class action suit filed Feb. 13 in Illinois federal court (Regan Sluder, et al. v. Sherwin-Williams Co., et al., No. 18-1121, N.D. Ill.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Pella To Settle Suit Over ProLine Windows For $25.75M, Plaintiffs Say

CHICAGO - Pella Corp. has agreed to pay $25.75 million to resolve claims from homeowners alleging that the company's ProLine series of windows were defective by allowing water to intrude the casing, causing wood rot, plaintiffs say in a brief filed in Illinois federal court seeking approval of the agreement (Kent Eubank, et al. v. Pella Corp., No. 06 C 4481, N.D. Ill.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Pella To Settle Suit Over ProLine Windows For $25.75M, Plaintiffs Say

CHICAGO - Pella Corp. has agreed to pay $25.75 million to resolve claims from homeowners alleging that the company's ProLine series of windows were defective by allowing water to intrude the casing, causing wood rot, plaintiffs say in a Feb. 8 brief filed in Illinois federal court seeking approval of the agreement (Kent Eubank, et al. v. Pella Corp., No. 06 C 4481, N.D. Ill.).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Judge Dismisses Majority Of Claims In Kickback Scheme Over Lender-Placed Insurance

CHICAGO - In a lawsuit alleging a kickback scheme in lender-placed insurance, an Illinois federal judge on Feb. 8 dismissed most of the claims except for breach of contract and bad faith claims pertaining to alleged overcharging of nonexistent inspections (Mariusz Dolegiewicz v. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., et al., No. 17-4737, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21089).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Dismisses Majority Of Claims In Kickback Scheme Over Lender-Placed Insurance

CHICAGO - In a lawsuit alleging a kickback scheme in lender-placed insurance, an Illinois federal judge on Feb. 8 dismissed most of the claims except for breach of contract and bad faith claims pertaining to alleged overcharging of nonexistent inspections (Mariusz Dolegiewicz v. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., et al., No. 17-4737, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21089).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Ineligibility Findings Partly Affirmed, Partly Vacated By Federal Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Illinois federal judge erred in granting summary judgment that four claims of a digital file archival system are ineligible for patent protection under Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 101, but properly rejected four other claims, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Feb. 8 (Steven Berkheimer v. HP Inc., No. 17-1437, Fed. Cir.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Settlement Agreement Reached In Zimmer NexGen Knee MDL, Lead Counsel Tell Judge

CHICAGO - Lead counsel in the Zimmer NexGen knee multidistrict litigation on Feb. 6 told an Illinois federal judge that they have reached an agreement in principle that will potentially resolve all MDL cases and similar cases filed in state court as of Jan. 15 (In Re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2272, N.D. Ill., Eastern Div.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Arbitration, Consolidation, Stay Motions Pending In Uber Data Breach Suits

CHICAGO - A customer of Uber Technologies Ltd. on Feb. 5 filed a motion to stay his putative class action in Illinois federal court over the ride-sharing service's 2016 data breach, in light of a pending motion to consolidate 18 such cases before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) (Bradley West v. Uber USA LLC, et al., No. 1:17-cv-08593, N.D. Ill.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Agreement's No-Discovery Rule Found Not Unconscionable By Illinois Appeal Panel

CHICAGO - An appellant failed to establish authority or facts to support a challenge to an arbitration provision in agreement with its former counsel, which contained a no-discovery rule, an Illinois appellate panel majority ruled Feb. 1, affirming a trial court's judgment against the former client and finding that the rule was not unconscionable (Tecnomatic S.p.A. v. Bryan Cave LLP, No. 1-16-1908, Ill. App., 1st Dist., 4th Div., 2018 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 149).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - ERISA Does Not Preempt Illinois Slayer Statute, 7th Circuit Affirms

CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 29 affirmed a lower federal court's finding that the Illinois slayer statute bars a claimant who was found not guilty of murdering her husband by reason of insanity from recovering from her husband's pension benefits (Laborers' Pension Fund, et al. v. Anka V. Miscevic, No. 17-2022, 7th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 2178).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Firm Barred From Filing Summary Judgment Motions In Contamination Dispute

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on Jan. 29 banned a private equity firm from filing any future motions for summary judgment absent good cause and leave from the court after denying a motion seeking dismissal of Honeywell International Inc.'s counterclaim for indemnification for the cleanup of benzene and vinyl chloride contamination at a site in Muncie, Ind. (Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. Inc. v. Honeywell International Inc., No. 16-cv-9808, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13917).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Jimmy John's Employee Files Class Suit Over Nonsolicitation Agreements

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - Employee nonsolicitation and no-hire agreements between Jimmy John's restaurant franchisees have caused employees to suffer from reduced wages and benefits and diminished employment opportunities, a former employee alleges in his class complaint filed Jan. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Sylas Butler, et al. v. Jimmy John's Franchise, LLC, et al., No. 18-1333, S.D. Ill.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Jimmy John's Employee Files Class Suit Over Nonsolicitation Agreements

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - Employee nonsolicitation and no-hire agreements between Jimmy John's restaurant franchisees have caused employees to suffer from reduced wages and benefits and diminished employment opportunities, a former employee alleges in his class complaint filed Jan. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Sylas Butler, et al. v. Jimmy John's Franchise, LLC, et al., No. 18-1333, S.D. Ill.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Defense Verdict Returned In 4th AndroGel MDL Bellwether Trial

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal jury on Jan. 26 returned a defense verdict for AbbVie Inc. in the fourth AndroGel multidistrict litigation bellwether trial (Robert Nolte v. AbbVie, Inc., et al., No. 14-8135, N.D. Ill.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Insurer Has No Duty To Pay For Independent Counsel In Copyright Suit, Panel Says

CHICAGO - An Illinois appeals panel on Jan. 22 affirmed a lower court's ruling that a commercial general liability insurer has no obligation to reimburse its insured for more than $16,000 in independent counsel fees incurred in an underlying copyright infringement dispute, rejecting the insured's contention that a conflict of interest entitled it to independent counsel (Bean Products, Inc. v. Scottsdale Insurance Co., No. 1-17-0421, Ill. App., 1st Dist., Div. 1, 2018 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 89).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Counterclaim Of Copyright Invalidity Stricken As Redundant By Federal Judge

CHICAGO - A counterclaim seeking a declaration of copyright invalidity is "unnecessary" in light of affirmative defenses of fair use, first sale, acquiescence and license raised in response to allegations of copyright infringement, an Illinois federal judge ruled Jan. 23 (Maui Jim Inc. v. SmartBuyGlasses Optical Limited, No. 16-9788, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10093).

Mealey's Insurance - Insurer Has No Duty To Pay For Independent Counsel In Copyright Suit, Panel Says

CHICAGO - An Illinois appeals panel on Jan. 22 affirmed a lower court's ruling that a commercial general liability insurer has no obligation to reimburse its insured for more than $16,000 in independent counsel fees incurred in an underlying copyright infringement dispute, rejecting the insured's contention that a conflict of interest entitled it to independent counsel (Bean Products, Inc. v. Scottsdale Insurance Co., No. 1-17-0421, Ill. App., 1st Dist., Div. 1, 2018 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 89).