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Trucker pay suit parked vs Atlas Van Lines; Contract clear, even if drivers don't understand: Judge

Dan Churney Apr. 26, 2017, 6:40pm

A Chicago federal judge has applied the brakes to a trucker’s lawsuit against two global moving van companies, which alleged the companies used “vague” contract language to short him of pay, saying the trucker should have sought clarification before signing the contract.

Junk fax lawsuit results in $3.3M settlement deal; $1.1M to plaintiffs' lawyers

Dan Churney Apr. 25, 2017, 10:36am

A settlement in a junk fax class action lawsuit, which is pending in Chicago federal court, would give about $330 to each fax recipient and more than $1 million to three lawyers who represented the plaintiff.

IL appeals panel: Man can challenge constitutionality of state's retroactive estate tax bill

Dan Churney Apr. 17, 2017, 2:14pm

A state appeals panel has overturned a DuPage County circuit judge’s dismissal of a challenge to Illinois’ retroactive estate tax, saying an executor is entitled to pursue his case against the tax in circuit court, not the Illinois Court of Claims as the state asserted.

Businessman's accusations vs ex-Speaker Hastert over use of funds 'strain credulity,' judge says

Dan Churney Apr. 10, 2017, 11:37am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a court action by a suburban businessman, who alleged former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert misused public money for his private business interests, saying the businessman’s story could not be believed.

IL appeals panel: Chicago can release documents obtained by subpoena from drugmaker Janssen

Dan Churney Apr. 4, 2017, 3:11pm

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge’s decision, allowing the city of Chicago to release subpoenaed records from a drug maker in accordance with any Freedom of Information Act requests, saying public disclosure of the material will not violate state laws protecting trade secrets. 

Jury to decide if Home Depot, flower seller should pay for woman's murder by supervisor: Appeals panel

Dan Churney Mar. 31, 2017, 3:03am

A U.S. appeals panel in Chicago has reversed a federal district judge’s dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit against Home Depot and a flower wholesaler, saying the companies could be blamed for failing to deter a supervisor from tormenting and eventually murdering a young woman with whom he worked.

IL Supreme Court: Conant High School can't be sued for student's gym class floor hockey eye injury

Dan Churney Mar. 27, 2017, 10:21am

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an appellate ruling, saying a Cook County judge was right to toss a suburban high school student’s suit, because the suit did not show a gym teacher was at fault for failing to make students wear goggles during a floor hockey game, which left the student with an injured eye. 

Appeals panel: Cook County can go back three years to grab taxes for improper homestead exemptions

Dan Churney Mar. 20, 2017, 12:55pm

A state appellate panel has upheld a lower court ruling that the Illinois Property Tax Code allows the Cook County Assessor’s Office to reach back three years, to claim unpaid taxes on a south suburban house that had an invalid homestead exemption. 

Consumers too far down distribution chain to press price fixing class action vs steelmakers, says judge

Dan Churney Mar. 13, 2017, 9:10pm

A group of steel makers, led by Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA, have beaten down a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by more than a dozen consumers, who alleged the companies schemed to raise prices for goods made with steel, by pointing out the consumers were too far down the distribution line from the steel manufacturers to claim losses. 

Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action

Dan Churney Mar. 6, 2017, 3:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.” 

Appeals court: Towns can empanel multiple local electoral boards to resolve conflicts of interest

Dan Churney Mar. 2, 2017, 5:23pm

An Illinois appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge, who ruled suburban Hazel Crest can convene multiple electoral boards to hear objections to candidate nominations, because regular board members are disqualified, in that they are also candidates facing the objections. 

Man did not sidestep bankruptcy court by playing coy, waiting to file personal injury suit: Appeal panel

Dan Churney Feb. 24, 2017, 11:12pm

A bankrupt plaintiff did not try to do an end-run around the bankruptcy court by hiding a personal injury lawsuit from his list of pending claims, an Illinois appeals panel said, reversing a lower court decision that dismissed the lawsuit against the Blain’s Farm & Fleet retail chain. 

IL Supreme Court: Worker can't collect from U.P. for injuries under federal law unless railroad at fault

Dan Churney Feb. 22, 2017, 3:12pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has derailed a Downstate appellate ruling, saying a railroad employee, who sued his employer under a federal liability law for injuries suffered in an accident, cannot collect damages from the railroad if a third party was completely at fault.

Appeals panel: Bock & Hatch lawsuit vs McGuireWoods over blog posts not a SLAPP, can continue

Dan Churney Feb. 17, 2017, 6:54pm

A state appeals panel in Chicago has slapped down a motion by one law firm to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a rival firm on SLAPP grounds, saying the suit isn't trying to choke off defendants' free speech, as protected by anti-SLAPP law, but rather concerns alleged attacks on the plaintiff firm’s reputation. 

Repeated automated debt collection calls are a 'concrete injury' under Spokeo, federal law, judge says

Dan Churney Feb. 14, 2017, 11:07am

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit, brought by a woman against a debt collection company, ruling the woman could have suffered a “concrete” harm when the company allegedly violated the federal Telephone Consumers Protection Act, by repeatedly phoning her after she told them to stop. 

Lawsuit: Lenders, commercial real estate players ran racket to bilk 'unsophisticated' investors of assets

Dan Churney Feb. 6, 2017, 11:00pm

A group of plaintiffs have filed a racketeering suit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that for more than 10 years, several major players on the commercial real estate and financing scene have swindled hundreds of victims out of millions of dollars through loans based on inflated appraisals of hotels and motels across the Midwest.  

Court: IL Property Tax board should win battle over value of Loop high rise across from Union Station

Dan Churney Feb. 1, 2017, 7:59pm

A Chicago appeals court has backed the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board’s decision to peg the value of a West Loop high-rise, situated across from Union Station, at $74 million, brushing aside the owners’ contention it was actually worth $58 million, saying the owners were given a fair shake and their appraisal was “unreliable” and “confusing.” 

IL Supreme Court: Cop fired for misconduct can't relitigate termination via grievance, arbitration

Dan Churney Jan. 31, 2017, 6:03pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned an appellate ruling, saying a onetime Peoria-area police officer lost his right to union grievance procedures in a misconduct matter when he first submitted to a police board hearing, which resulted in the termination of his employment. 

Full public discussion of departing schools superintendent's deal not required, IL Supreme Court says

Dan Churney Jan. 24, 2017, 7:03pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed lower court rulings that a Springfield school board was not required to publicly go into detail about a superintendent’s separation agreement and ensure the public understood the agreement – as the Illinois Attorney General asserted – but rather it was sufficient for the board to summarize the nature of the agreement to the public. 

Appeals court: Lawsuit vs Megabus over 2014 Indiana crash to stay in Cook County, not Hoosier state

Dan Churney Jan. 16, 2017, 12:22pm

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked a request by nationwide transportation company Megabus, and other defendants in a traffic crash injury suit, to shift the case from Cook County to rural Indiana, where the crash occurred, because of convenience.