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.).
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).
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).
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.).
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.).
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.).
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.).
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).
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.).
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.).
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.).
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).
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).
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).
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.).
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.).
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).
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).
CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois did not err when sentencing a home health care office manager and billing specialist following their convictions for health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 19, holding that the reasoning behind the sentences was correct (United States of America v. Rick E. Brown, et al., Nos. 15-3117, 15-3261, 7th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 1284).
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - On Jan. 19, a majority of the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a wrongful death and negligence complaint against a fraternity's national organization, affirmed the reversal of a dismissal of the fraternity's local chapter and reversed the dismissal of sorority members who took part in a party where fraternity pledges were ordered to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, which led to the death of one of the pledges (Gary L. Bogenberger v. Pi Kappa Alpha, et al., Nos. 120951, 120967, 120986, Ill. Sup., 2018 Ill.120951).