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IL Supreme Court questions whether mom must prove 'harm' to sue over teen's Six Flags fingerprint scan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 20, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court justices appeared to take a dim view of assertions by a lawyer for Six Flags that a mother can't sue the theme park operator after the company required him to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass, even though she had not provided consent.

Objector wants class counsel fees in $250 million Hale settlement cut; Says they could have won much more at trial

By Record News | Nov 19, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who reached a $250 million settlement with State Farm don’t deserve a third in fees because they likely would have won much more at trial, according to class member Lisa Marlow of Cocoa, Fla.

Monsanto again seeks review of appellate decision that cast doubt on settlement of 11,256 pollution claims

By Record News | Nov 19, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – For a second time, Monsanto has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to review a Fifth District appellate court opinion that vacated a good faith order in a settlement between Monsanto and 11,256 plaintiffs.

Class action suit against Dr. Pepper alleges false advertising

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Nov 13, 2018

BELLEVILLE — Several consumers filed a class action against Dr. Pepper soda manufacturers for allegedly falsely advertising their ginger sodas.

ABA class action expert calls expenses of 25.8% in $21 million Monsanto settlement 'high'

By Record News | Nov 13, 2018

NEW YORK CITY – Louis Burke, the American Bar Association’s expert on class actions, said he has never seen anything like the 25.8 percent charge for expenses in a settlement between Monsanto and plaintiffs in a pollution suit.

Monsanto plaintiffs fuming over pollution settlement netting lawyers more than claimants

By Record News | Nov 12, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers who settled 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto for about $21 million paid most of it to themselves and their experts before doling out the remainder to their clients at an average of $873.

Judge denies plaintiffs additional time for discovery in uConnect hacking case; Trial set in March

By John Sammon | Nov 12, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois said no more discovery time will be allowed for the plaintiff and trial is set next year in a lawsuit alleging that hackers can take over Chrysler, Fiat and Jeep vehicles.

From Legal Newsline

Money for nothing: SCOTUS could stop class action funds from being steered to non-parties

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 1, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that could end cy pres, the practice of steering money in class action settlements to organizations with absolutely no connection to the underlying lawsuit.

From Legal Newsline

Report: Surging securities class actions over corporate M&A, 'adverse events,' a growing 'litigation racket'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 25, 2018

Saying the trend carries substantial costs for investors and the entire economy, a new report is calling for reforms to tamp down on the growing surge in the number of so-called securities class action lawsuits filed against companies over mergers, acquisitions or stock price drops - a phenomenon the report author called a "litigation racket."

From Legal Newsline

Time running out for lawyers suing opioid industry to show specific proof

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 20, 2018

The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry has given plaintiffs a stark choice on a tight deadline: Hand over evidence of specific prescriptions they believe were improper or lose the right to present such evidence forever.

Class counsel in Hale v. State Farm seek $90 million in fees and costs from $250 million settlement

By Record News | Oct 19, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who settled a $10 billion racketeering claim against State Farm for $250 million seek about $90 million in fees and costs.

Gleeson delays indefinitely Monsanto, Cerro Copper trial involving thousands of pollution claims

By Record News | Oct 18, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Chief Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson, who had set the first of many pollution trials involving Monsanto and Cerro Copper to be taking place while voters decided whether to retain him, postponed it in August and delayed it indefinitely on Oct. 3.

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in Sauget pollution suit reduce fee from 40 to 26.5 percent

By Record News | Oct 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers who lowered the expectations of 11,256 clients in a pollution suit against Monsanto and Cerro Copper lowered their fee as a result.

Supreme Court denies leave to appeal decision raising doubts on $10 million Monsanto settlement

By Record News | Oct 1, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied leave to appeal an order questioning a $10 million settlement of 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid lawyers say settlement may hinge on forcing plaintiffs into class action

By Dan Fisher | Sep 28, 2018

A settlement binding all potential plaintiffs may be the only practical way of ending nearly 2,000 lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of addictive opioid painkillers, said plaintiff lawyers attending a conference on opioid litigation this week.

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