Pella case includes consumers who have not suffered any financial damages but may in the future
Ameet Sachdev Chicago Law May 10, 2011
Class-action lawsuits face stiff head winds in courts and the court of public opinion.
But that doesn’t stop class-action lawyers and judges from finding creative ways to cut through the currents, as illustrated by a federal case in Chicago that has survived layers of judicial scrutiny.
The suit involves allegations of defective products sold by Pella Corp., an Iowa-based manufacturer of windows and doors. Consumers should take notice because their ability to challenge corporate wrongdoing through class-action suits has been diminished by recent court decisions. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month allows businesses to ban class actions by using mandatory arbitration clauses that are common in consumer contracts.
via Pella window class-action suit survives certification – chicagotribune.com.
Produced by Hunter Clauss on Friday, October 15, 2010
The Chicago City Council is expected to begin its budget hearings next week, and Alderman Edward Burke, 14th, says he wants city officials consider outsourcing some administrative work.
Burke says with the lagging economy, it makes sense to have some work done by the private sector. He points to zoning and economic development as two areas where some of the work could be privatized.
BURKE: There’s plenty of professionals out there–lawyers and accountants–who are looking for business that would be happy to perform that function.
via City Room™ – Politics – Burke Proposes Outsourcing Some City Work.
By Ameet Sachdev Tribune reporter 11:19 a.m. CST, February 3, 2010
Cleveland-based law firm Ulmer & Berne has signed a lease to occupy 18,000 square feet in the Citigroup Center for a larger Chicago office.
The new office at 500 W. Madison St. signals that the firm plans to expand from its current roster of eight attorneys. The new space can accommodate 30 lawyers plus staff. In September, the firm grew from two lawyers to eight with the addition of litigators from Reed Smith and Levenfeld Pearlstein.
Cleveland law firm leases larger Chicago office – chicagotribune.com