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Illinois

  • April 27, 2009

    Class Status Denied In Warranty Suit Against Learjet

    A federal judge ruled Monday that the two proposed classes were too broad and inconsistent to certify in a suit charter plane company Cunningham Charter Corp. brought against Learjet Inc. accusing the aircraft manufacturer of using defective windshields and improperly refusing to honor claims under its warranty.

  • April 27, 2009

    Northgate Infringes Lexion Laparoscopy Patent: Judge

    A district judge found in favor of medical supplier Lexion Medical LLC on Monday in a patent infringement lawsuit with Northgate Technologies Inc. over a laparoscopy patent, deciding that a federal circuit court's reinterpretation of one of the patent’s claims rendered Northgate's defense moot.

  • April 23, 2009

    Insurer Fights Wal-Mart Indemnity Claims

    United Fire & Casualty Co. has filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. claiming it is not liable for Wal-Mart’s defense costs in a lawsuit launched by an ironworker seriously injured after falling off the roof of a Wal-Mart building.

  • April 23, 2009

    Wash. Close To OK'ing $12B CenturyTel-Embarq Deal

    Washington state authorities have joined a settlement that would require communications companies CenturyTel Inc. and Embarq Corp. to ensure certain protections for consumers before their $11.6 billion merger receives regulatory approval from the state.

  • April 22, 2009

    Sanofi Whistleblower Suit Survives Bid To Dismiss

    A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two former Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. sales representatives who claim they were retaliated against after accusing the company of promoting off-label marketing for its popular anti-clotting drug Lovenox.

  • April 22, 2009

    Execs Fixed Chicago Garbage Cart Repair Bids: DOJ

    The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two executives from an Illinois garbage cart repair company with conspiring to rig the city of Chicago's competitive bidding process that enlists private companies to fix roll-out refuse carts.

  • April 20, 2009

    NJ Appeals Court Alters Pro Rata System For Carriers

    With two insurance companies sparring over the amount each has to pay for remediation at a property, a New Jersey appeals court has affirmed the trial court's ruling and allocated the cleanup costs without regard to the contamination that may have occurred under the previous homeowner's insurance policy.

  • April 20, 2009

    BP Loses Bid To Nix Damages In Plant Sale Spat

    In a long-running feud over BP Amoco Chemical Co.'s sale of a $300 million chemical plant, a judge has shot down the company's request for summary judgment on damages sought by the plant buyer, which claims BP lied about the facility in a purchase deal.

  • May 22, 2009

    Coverage May Be Tricky For Food Recalls: Lawyers

    Food companies have been hit hard with lawsuits and recalls from recent contamination scares, leading many to turn to insurance policies to recoup losses. But businesses are finding that their policies may exclude such claims, potentially sparking disputes, insurance lawyers say.

  • April 17, 2009

    Accused $428M Time-Share Fraudster Gets Enjoined

    A federal judge has enjoined accused time-share fraudster Michael E. Kelly from violating securities laws in connection with a civil lawsuit accusing him and others of ripping off the public to the tune of $428 million.

  • April 20, 2009

    Ill. High Court Hands Weil-McLain Win In Asbestos Suit

    The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an earlier judgment against heating and air-conditioning component maker Weil-McLain, ruling that the company should have been permitted to offer evidence that a former pipe fitter’s asbestos-related illness was mostly caused by other exposure sources.

  • April 17, 2009

    US Stalls For More Time On E-Verify Rule Change

    Federal officials have announced they will put off implementing mandatory E-Verify requirements for federal contractors until at least June 30, seeking more time to review the proposal and giving a federal court time to issue a decision on whether the rule changes hold up under legal scrutiny.

  • April 16, 2009

    Fla. AG Hits Auto Filter Makers With Price-Fixing Suit

    Florida's attorney general has launched antitrust action against nine of the biggest manufacturers of automotive filters in the U.S — including Honeywell International Inc. — in the first suit of its kind by a state attorney general since the federal government announced a probe of the market in 2008.

  • April 16, 2009

    Md. Requires Insurers To Report Slavery Dealings

    Insurers who want to do business in Maryland are now required to disclose information about their slavery-era policies, according to a new law that passed through the state Legislature without significant opposition.

  • April 15, 2009

    Most Claims Tossed In Bicycle Wheel Patent Suit

    A federal district judge has dismissed most of the claims lodged by MacLean-Fogg Co. and its affiliates in a suit alleging that Edge Composites LLC and a former employee infringed a bicycle wheel patent and violated trade secrets.

  • April 15, 2009

    Motorola Claims Ex-CFO Destroyed Evidence

    Motorola Inc. has reportedly accused its former Chief Financial Officer Paul Liska, who is pursuing a whistleblower suit against the company after being fired earlier this year, of erasing evidence related to the case from his company-issued laptop.

  • April 15, 2009

    Bankruptcy Lawyer, Obama Adviser Joins DLA Piper

    A bankruptcy lawyer who served as an informal adviser to the Obama presidential campaign has moved from Goldberg Kohn to DLA Piper, where he aims to represent financial institutions and other creditors in highly complex matters.

  • April 14, 2009

    GM Recalls 1.5M Vehicles Over Engine Oil Leak

    Troubled auto giant General Motors Corp. is pulling 1.5 million vehicles equipped with 3.8-liter V6 engines from the market due to a condition in which drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking, potentially causing an engine fire.

  • April 13, 2009

    Petco Settles With EPA Over CWA Violations

    Petco Petroleum Corp. has reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act by failing to remove oil accumulated on rainwater at a production facility in Oklahoma.

  • April 9, 2009

    TransCore Ruling May Change How Licenses Drafted

    In a ruling that could dramatically change how patent licenses are drafted, a federal appeals court has held that a covenant not to sue is a license and can be subject to patent exhaustion.