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Illinois

  • March 23, 2010

    NY Senate Mulls Bill To Ban BPA In Child Products

    The New York State Senate is considering a new bill to ban the sale of child care products, toys, and food and beverage containers that contain the plastic additive bisphenol A, which has been linked to health risks, about three months after rejecting a similar bill from the State Assembly.

  • March 22, 2010

    Del., W.Va. Are Best, Worst Legal Climates: Survey

    West Virginia and Louisiana are the worse states for tort and contract litigation, while Delaware and North Dakota courts provide the warmest legal climate for businesses, according to a survey of corporate lawyers and executives the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released Monday.

  • March 22, 2010

    High Court Keeps Locks Open As Asian Carp Advance

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday again refused to issue a preliminary injunction that would have closed locks near Chicago, delivering a blow to Michigan and other states that are desperately trying to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes and decimating native fish populations.

  • March 22, 2010

    Rex, Homeowners End Gas Pollution Fight For $1.9M

    Rex Energy Operating Corp. has agreed to pay $1.9 million to end a class action brought by Illinois homeowners claiming dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide gas released from its oil wells tainted their properties.

  • March 19, 2010

    Perdue Beats Action Over Chickens With Extra Giblets

    A federal judge has dismissed a class action alleging Perdue Farms Inc. stuffed extra hearts, gizzards, livers and necks into whole chickens, forcing consumers to pay more for chicken because it is priced by the pound.

  • March 19, 2010

    Payday Loan Contract Bars Class Action, Court Says

    A federal judge has ruled that consumers accusing Payday Loan Store of Illinois Inc. of violating the Truth in Lending Act must arbitrate their claims under a contract with the loan provider and cannot pursue a class action.

  • March 19, 2010

    Nonprofit Hospital Fails Tax Exemption Test: Court

    The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that Catholic-affiliated nonprofit hospital Provena Covenant Medical Center is not eligible for a state property tax exemption because it has failed to provide adequate charity care to qualify for that tax designation under state law.

  • March 19, 2010

    Gas Cos. Go For Win In BP Propane Monopoly Suit

    A group of gas companies has asked a federal judge to issue a summary judgment ruling that BP America Inc. put a stranglehold on supplies of propane when it tried to corner the market in 2004.

  • March 19, 2010

    Old Republic Sues Travelers In $1.3M Diacetyl Fight

    Old Republic Insurance Co. has sued The Travelers Indemnity Co. and Citrus & Allied Essence Ltd. in an attempt to recoup about $1.3 million it spent defending Citrus in lawsuits brought by workers who alleged they were sickened by exposure to the butter-flavoring chemical diacetyl.

  • March 18, 2010

    Vertical Price-Fixing Ban Clears Senate Committee

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill to ban vertical price-fixing, paving the way for a full U.S. Senate vote on legislation that would overturn a controversial 2007 U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • March 18, 2010

    Lab Supplier Can't Shake UPS Leaky Package Suit

    VWR International LLC, a lab supply company that had $3.7 billion in sales in 2008, has lost its bid to dismiss a case in which workers at United Parcel Service Inc. allege they were exposed to toxic fumes because VWR mislabeled packages.

  • March 18, 2010

    3M, Employees Seek OK For $5M Deal In FLSA Suit

    3M Co. and a class of employees who have accused the company of denying workers regular and overtime pay for work-related activities have asked a federal judge to approve a settlement that would give the workers up to $4.95 million.

  • March 18, 2010

    Ford Rollover Suit Booted For Lack Of Expert Witness

    A magistrate judge has tossed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. that alleged two people were injured in a rollover accident because their Ford Explorer was defective and unreasonably dangerous, citing the absence of technical expert testimony.

  • March 17, 2010

    Court Tosses Fee Award In Insurance Arbitration Spat

    Ordered to honor Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co.’s $1.5 million reinsurance claim, Global Reinsurance Corporation of America has prevailed on appeal in vacating the arbitration panel’s fee award as a “gross error in law."

  • March 17, 2010

    Bryan Cave Grabs Husch Blackwell Securities Team

    Bryan Cave LLP has poached a team of six attorneys, including two partners, from Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP to expand its securities litigation practice in St. Louis.

  • March 16, 2010

    EEOC Loses Bid To Keep United ADA Suit In Calif.

    Following the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's failure to persuade an appeals court to stop the move, the agency's case accusing United Air Lines Inc. of discriminating against disabled employees has once again been transferred from the Northern District of California to the Northern District of Illinois.

  • March 16, 2010

    DOJ Squares Off Against Dean Foods In Merger Fight

    The U.S. Department of Justice is fighting a bid by Dean Foods Co. to get a key claim booted from the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit seeking to undo Dean's recent acquisition of two milk processing plants in Wisconsin.

  • March 12, 2010

    Exelon To Pay $1M To End Nuclear Plant Leak Suits

    Exelon Generation Corp. will pay three Illinois counties a total of $1.1 million to resolve allegations that the energy company's nuclear power plants leaked radioactive material into nearby groundwater.

  • March 12, 2010

    Disabled Ex-Baker & McKenzie Atty's Suit Trimmed

    A federal judge has dismissed breach of contract, defamation, negligence and other claims brought by an attorney suffering from a chronic degenerative spinal disease who sued Baker & McKenzie LLP after he was terminated from the firm in 2007.

  • March 12, 2010

    Thompson Coburn Picks Up Customs Attorney

    Thompson Coburn LLP has expanded its transportation and international commerce practice group with the addition of import guru Teresa Polino, formerly of Hogan & Hartson LLP.