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Michael Rigney is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Chicago office, reporting on civil appeals decided by the Seventh Circuit. His practice focuses on most aspects of civil litigation, including commercial disputes, property contamination claims, general environmental concerns, personal injury and chemical exposure actions, regulatory investigations, class actions and internal investigations.
FELDMAN v. OLIN CORPORATION (February 23, 2012) In an employment discrimination case, the plaintiff named as a defendant Global Brass & Copper, Inc. The only problem - he had never worked for Global. The company moved for sanctions pursuant both to Rule 11 and the court's...
COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES, INC. v. ATS ENTERPRISES, INC. (February 22, 2012) S&S Service Company occasionally performed maintenance work on a fleet of vehicles that Coca-Cola Enterprises maintained at its bottling plant in Mattoon, Illinois. One of those occasions ended tragically. In...
Charging A Debit Card Linked To An Account Containing Only Social Security Benefits Is Not A Priohibited Assignment
TOWNSEL v. DISH NETWORK L.L.C. (February 16, 2012) Jacqueline Townsel purchased satellite TV services from DISH Network. Townsel signed up for two years of service and agreed to pay a termination fee if she discontinued the service within two years. When Townsel stopped paying her monthly charge...
RWJ MANAGEMENT COMPANY v. BP PRODUCTS NORTH AMERICA, INC. (February 16, 2012) As part of a changing business strategy, BP began selling its company operated gasoline stations in 2006. It sold several stations in Illinois and Indiana to RWJ Management Co. and several more Illinois stations to...
JOHNSON v. GDF, INC. (February 13, 2012) In May of 2005, Robert Johnson brought a class action for unpaid overtime against his employer GDF, an Oak Park, Illinois Domino's pizza franchise. By July, he was no longer working at Domino's. At his deposition almost a year later, Johnson admitted that he...