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Illinois

  • March 10, 2010

    Ill. Judge Throws Wrench Into Frontier, Verizon Deal

    A judge has recommended that the Illinois Commerce Commission reject Frontier Communications Corp.’s proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Verizon Communications Inc.'s local line business in 14 states, saying the deal would likely lead to a drop in service quality.

  • March 10, 2010

    Sessions Tests Left Leanings In District Court Nominees

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., probed three new nominees to the federal bench for ideological leanings Wednesday, focusing on the death penalty, federal sentencing guidelines and the definition of progressive values.

  • March 10, 2010

    GSK Tries To Axe Wellbutrin Consumer Antitrust Suit

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC has asked a judge to dismiss claims brought by employee benefit plans over the alleged filing of baseless patent suits to delay generic competition with Wellbutrin SR, arguing that the plans cannot proceed under the laws of their home states.

  • March 9, 2010

    Fla. Launches Anti-Cadmium Bill

    Florida has become the latest state to introduce legislation to ban cadmium and other unsafe metals from children's jewelry, following in the footsteps of the U.S. Congress and several other states.

  • March 9, 2010

    Class Denied In Rohm And Haas Cancer Cluster Suit

    A federal judge has denied class certification in a lawsuit seeking damages from Rohm and Haas Co. over claims of contamination that caused a spike in brain cancer rates in an Illinois town.

  • March 9, 2010

    FTC, States Ink $12M False Claims Deals With LifeLock

    LifeLock Inc. has agreed to pay $11 million to the Federal Trade Commission and $1 million to a group of 35 state attorneys general to settle allegations that it used false claims to promote its identity theft protection services.

  • March 8, 2010

    Texas Railway Tie Co. Cancer Case Gains New Life

    A federal appeals court has revived a suit brought by current and former residents of Somerville, Texas, who claim a railway tie plant owned by Koppers Industries Inc. polluted their community with toxic chemicals that caused high levels of cancer.

  • March 8, 2010

    Greenberg Atty Charged With Overbilling Suburb $1M

    State prosecutors have charged a former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner with the theft of government funds, saying he bilked a Chicago suburb of at least $1 million for legal services he did not perform.

  • March 8, 2010

    Wash. Senate Backs BPA Ban On Children's Products

    Washington's Senate has passed a bill that will make the state the fifth in the U.S. to ban controversial chemical bisphenol A from baby bottles, sippy cups and other children’s products.

  • March 5, 2010

    Expert Testimony Allowed in Goodyear Tire Defect Suit

    A federal judge has decided to allow expert testimony for both parties in a dispute over whether a defective motorcycle tire made by Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America Ltd. caused an accident that left at least one person with traumatic brain injury.

  • March 5, 2010

    Google Asserts Contract Claim In AdWords Dispute

    Google Inc. has accused one of its advertisers of breach of contract for initially filing suit in the Northern District of Illinois, rather than in California, over the search giant’s purported practice of charging for ads on unused or otherwise little-seen Web sites.

  • March 5, 2010

    Safety Citations Knowingly Unfounded: American Coal

    American Coal Co. has lodged an amended lawsuit against U.S. mine safety officials, claiming they unlawfully imposed a quota on safety inspectors that led to the issuance of unfounded safety violation citations.

  • March 4, 2010

    Ill. Applebee's Servers Win Class Cert. In Tipping Case

    A federal judge has granted class certification to a group of up to 10,000 former servers, bartenders and hosts who worked for an Illinois franchisee of Applebee's International Inc. in a suit alleging the company wrongly deducted a tip credit from their wages.

  • March 4, 2010

    Nearly 1,500 Workers Blocked From Tyson Wage Action

    A magistrate judge has blocked the addition of nearly 1,500 workers to a suit against Tyson Foods Inc. over its alleged failure to pay its meatpacking employees all the wages they were owed, vastly limiting the scope of the lawsuit.

  • March 3, 2010

    No Mandamus For Whirlpool In LG Dryer Spat: 7th Circ.

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected Whirlpool Corp.'s attempt to characterize agents from outside advertising companies as de facto employees whose work was protected under attorney-client privilege, leaving the documents in play in LG Electronics USA Inc.'s suit over Whirlpool's allegedly false claims that its dryers use steam heat.

  • March 3, 2010

    Quarles & Brady Adds 3 Drinker Biddle Attorneys

    Quarles & Brady LLP's Chicago office has picked up two environmental partners and a corporate finance partner from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • March 2, 2010

    Auto Glass Co.'s Award Upheld In Quarrel With Insurer

    A federal judge has upheld a $400,000 arbitrator's award won by Alpine Glass Inc. in a dispute in which the auto windshield repair company accused Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. of shortchanging more than 1,000 drivers for car window repairs.

  • March 2, 2010

    CSX Wins $1.3M In Contract Spat Over Crane Collapse

    A federal judge has ruled that transportation company CSX Corp. Inc. should get about $1.3 million in damages in a long-running contract and insurance spat with Pacific Rail Services LLC stemming from a crane accident that killed a Pacific Rail employee.

  • March 1, 2010

    Attorneys General Make Last-Ditch Plea for CFPA

    State attorneys general continued their push Monday for legislation creating an independent federal Consumer Financial Protection Agency, even as reports surfaced that U.S. Senate negotiators had dropped the controversial proposal in an effort to revive financial reform efforts.

  • March 1, 2010

    BP Propane Price-Fixing Suits Survive Dismissal Bids

    A federal judge has refused to toss two suits brought against BP America Inc. by energy companies alleging they paid artificially high prices for propane during a 2004 attempt by BP traders to corner the market.