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IL Supreme Court declines to reconsider decision on umarried couples' property rights

Dan Churney Oct. 26, 2016, 12:08pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its position that domestic partners do not enjoy the same rights as married couples when it comes to ending the relationship and dividing assets – but with two justices dissenting, stating a 1979 high court ruling, on which the majority relied, is out of date. 

DeVry grads bring class action, accuse school of slanting grad job stats to boost marketing

Dan Churney Oct. 17, 2016, 6:06pm

A group of six DeVry University graduates have filed a putative class-action suit, claiming the nationwide electronics and business school overstates the employment rates of graduates, so as to attract new students. 

Judge: Ditto Trade founder Fox slapped for not paying legal bills of whistleblower ex-Ditto CEO

Dan Churney Oct. 14, 2016, 10:13am

A Chicago federal judge is holding the founder of a defunct Chicago online brokerage firm in contempt of court for failing to pay the legal costs racked up by a former CEO, who successfully sued the founder for defaming and firing him after he blew the whistle on alleged financial finagling. 

Federal jury orders IDOT to pay Muslim worker $1.5M for discrimination, retaliatory firing

Dan Churney Oct. 11, 2016, 1:25pm

A Chicago federal jury has ordered the Illinois Department of Transportation to pay more than $1.5 million for discriminating against a former employee who is Muslim and firing him in retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged wrongdoings by fellow workers. 

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

Dan Churney Oct. 3, 2016, 11:51am

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

Class action tossed vs Cook County Circuit Clerk over fees for filing motions that aren't 'final'

Dan Churney Sep. 27, 2016, 6:06pm

A Cook County judge has shot down a class action suit brought by a suburban medical records company, which alleged the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s Office wrongly charged litigants with fees for filing certain types of motions, ruling the company should have paid the fee under protest and pursued other options, rather than lodge a lawsuit. 

Judge: 'Not a close case,' Chicago GOP has right to exclude Dem voters from committeeman ranks

Dan Churney Sep. 19, 2016, 3:17pm

A federal judge has ruled Cook County Republicans have the constitutional right to attempt to weed out potential Democratic party operatives, who local Republicans worry have infiltrated their committeemen ranks.

Judge nixes lawyer's 1st Amend defense vs crash reports privacy suit; will allow Spokeo argument

Dan Churney Sep. 12, 2016, 10:25am

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit against a Chicago personal injury lawyer, which alleges he violated a federal drivers privacy law by buying traffic crash reports. Nonetheless, the judge said he wants the lawyer to further explain why the plaintiffs may lack standing under the law to pursue the case at all. 

Class members get $45 each, lawyers get $3.1 million in deal to end TCPA suit vs Nationstar

Dan Churney Sep. 8, 2016, 11:17am

A Chicago federal judge has approved a $12.1 million class action settlement against a national mortgage company, which allegedly made improper automated phone calls to collect debts, in which each class member gets $45 and attorneys pocket $3.1 million – even as attorneys had wanted $600,000 more. 

Judge OKs class action vs debt collector over fees tacked on to demands for payment to Six Flags

Dan Churney Sep. 6, 2016, 11:30am

A Chicago federal judge has given the green light for a case to be litigated as a class action suit against a national collection agency, which allegedly violated federal law by charging debtors with improper collection fees. 

Chicago boat tour company asks court to rule Cook County can't tax its river, lake tours

Dan Churney Aug. 29, 2016, 11:16am

A Chicago tour boat company is asking a Cook County circuit judge to rule a Cook County administrative law judge was right to say the county can’t apply an amusement tax on the company’s Chicago River and Lake Michigan boat tours, but to find the administrative law judge did so for the wrong reason – a move which could also spell taxing trouble for the operators of Chicago’s walking tours. 

Some market manipulation claims vs Opana maker chopped under IL law, other states' laws

Dan Churney Aug. 22, 2016, 9:28am

A Chicago federal judge has chopped a few counts from a huge putative class-action suit – based on laws of various states, including Illinois – accusing the maker of the prescription pain killer Opana of improperly keeping the price of its product high by paying off another pharmaceutical company to delay the release of a generic version of the drug.

Appeals panel: ICC has the power to define ComEd's rate structure formula

Dan Churney Aug. 18, 2016, 3:30pm

An Illinois appellate court has upheld a decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission defining the terms that govern how ComEd can tweak its power rates. 

Appeals court upholds $1.2 million default judgment, says parties can't assume lawyers doing job

Dan Churney Aug. 12, 2016, 9:37am

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a lower court's ruling litigants can’t rely on their attorney to keep them abreast of their case, but must instead keep tabs themselves or face the consequences – potentially including costly default judgments. 

IL taxpayers can sue to block business tax credit program costing the state too much: Panel

Dan Churney Aug. 8, 2016, 4:42pm

An Illinois appeals panel in Springfield, in overturning a lower court decision, has ruled taxpayers have the right to try to block a state commerce agency from administering a business development tax credit program the group of taxpayers has argued is actually an alleged illegal state tax improperly eating up public funds. 

Lawyer doesn't need to cough up fees paid out of retirement account in divorce case, appeals panel says

Dan Churney Aug. 2, 2016, 3:14pm

A state appellate court reversed a Cook County judge’s ruling in a divorce case, saying the husband’s lawyer doesn’t have to turn his fees over to the wife’s attorneys in order to even out the financial playing field between the parties. The panel also said the courts can't order a spouse to open a retirement account to pay lawyers.

Smart meter patent plaintiff could be on hook for ComEd's costs in defending against lawsuit

Dan Churney Jul. 28, 2016, 3:52pm

A Chicago federal judge has ruled Commonwealth Edison should be reimbursed for its legal bills in fending off an allegedly inept patent infringement lawsuit concerning smart meters, but the judge still faulted the utility giant for its own conduct in the case. 

Stericycle's profits padded by billing fraud, Florida pension funds class action says

Dan Churney Jul. 25, 2016, 10:56am

A pair of Florida firefighter pension funds, which hold shares in the suburban Chicago-based international hazardous waste disposal company Stericycle, are seeking a class-action suit in Chicago federal court, asserting Stericycle cost investors millions of dollars by not divulging that much of its business was based on allegedly defrauding customers.

Court pans pizza tax class action suit, says take-and-bake pie not 'essential' enough to dodge higher tax

Dan Churney Jul. 18, 2016, 4:44pm

An Illinois appeals court has flattened a would-be class-action suit against the Papa Murphy’s pizza chain, by affirming a lower court ruling that, under Illinois law, a take-and-bake pizza is not a necessity, as alleged by plaintiff in an effort to reclaim an allegedly excessive pizza sales tax. 

Judge pens final chapter on author’s ill-fated suit against Amazon

Dan Churney Jul. 15, 2016, 1:03pm

A Chicago federal judge has closed the book on an amateur author's suit against Amazon, ruling the author’s works about his life as a homeless person were not counterfeited and sold by the online retailer as alleged.