Appeals panel: Lawyers who say they modify mortgages can be subject to redlining discrimination actions
An appeals panel has clarified that those in the business of targeting underwater homeowners, and particularly racial minorities, with false promises to pull them to the surface for a fee, can be considered mortgage lenders under the law and subject to action by the Illinois attorney general for discriminatory lending activity.
McCormick Foundation OK to sue over insurance advice blamed for hefty legal bills after Tribune bankruptcy
A state appeals panel has ruled two former major shareholders in the Tribune Company, who are in litigation with creditors, can continue to press their malpractice suit against a prominent Chicago insurance broker for allegedly giving bum advice to change insurance companies, which put the ex-shareholders on the hook for legal costs instead of their insurer.
Appeals panel: Families of medical malpractice plaintiffs who die while case pending can add wrongful death claims to lawsuit
Unraveling what it called a “classic clash of apparently conflicting statutes,” an Illinois appeals panel has ruled the family of a woman who died while her medical negligence lawsuit was pending against a doctor, the University of Chicago Medical Center and affiliates is not blocked by a statute of repose from adding wrongful death claims to the preexisting lawsuit.
WTTW wins copyright suit vs FilmOn; judge says online TV retransmitter can't be considered cable TV system
A judge has switched off a court challenge by an Internet company that wants to retransmit the programming of WTTW – Chicago's PBS station – to online users, saying the company isn’t authorized to do so, because it doesn’t meet the required federal definition of a "cable system" and thus is infringing on WTTW's copyright.
Doctor waited too long to sue IL, Cook County officials he said wrongly yanked his license over patient death, judge says
A doctor’s federal lawsuit against Cook County and state medical authorities, which contends they conspired to wrongly yank his medical license almost 20 years ago for allegedly killing a terminally ill patient, has been dismissed, because it was filed years too late and some of its claims belong in state court.
Appeals panel: Ex-assistant state's attorney's lies mean DeKalb County on hook for stiffed supplier's legal bills
A state appeals panel has ruled a north central Illinois county is on the hook for legal costs incurred by a construction component company, because an assistant state’s attorney for the county – who has since been suspended from practice – told the court the county had secured a bond in connection with a building project, when it had not.
A state appeals panel has ordered a lawyer to fork over another $22,864 in sanctions – bringing his total to more than $166,000 – for filing “frivolous” motions and appeals meant to harass a company that runs a chain of child care centers, in connection with a suit the lawyer pursued on behalf of a former employee fired by the company.
A man who claimed someone had fraudulently run up more than $2,500 in debt on a credit card opened in his name without his knowledge has secured another chance to press a lawsuit against a suburban debt collection agency, after a state appeals panel found the agency may have broken federal debt collection laws by suing the man over the contested debt after the statute of limitations had expired.
A Chicago federal judge has kicked drug retailers Walgreen and Rite Aid from an antitrust lawsuit against the maker of prescription pain killer Opana, saying the retailers must provide hard dollar figures to back up their allegations that the drugmaker improperly paid off another pharmaceutical company to delay the release of the generic version of its pain killer, and keep the price of its name brand drug high.
IL ballot access rule requiring new parties to field full slate of candidates struck down as unconstitutional
A Chicago federal judge has sided with a suit brought by the Illinois Libertarian Party against the Illinois State Board of Elections, ruling state election law offends the U.S. Constitution by requiring a new party to list a full slate of candidates on nominating petitions in order to get on the ballot the first time.
Members of Chicago-based Service Employee International Union Local 73 are suing the union and one of its officers for defamation, alleging the officer sent emails maligning them after he was booted from office, with other Local 73 officials not only failing to take proper steps in response, but worsening the situation.
Foreclosed land investors exploit technicality to demand $3.5 million 'procedural windfall' from bank
Trying to take advantage of a “procedural windfall,” a Chicago-area investment firm is alleging West Suburban Bank owes it almost $3.5 million from the sales of foreclosed properties held as collateral for a $10 million loan the firm defaulted on, because the firm was not legally served with notice of the foreclosures, as the process servers did not work for a state-licensed private detective agency as required by law.
Lawsuit: Kane County police using 'investigative holds,' asset forfeiture to run racketeering enterprise
Three people have taken action in Chicago federal court to allege the Kane County Sheriff’s Office is running a racketeering enterprise – and running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution in the process – by pulling over drivers, falsely arresting and searching them, and confiscating their cash and cars for the benefit of Kane County.
Father of track athlete with disability says IHSA needs new qualifying times to let son, others compete
The father of a physically disabled Evanston Township High School track athlete, who doesn’t need a wheelchair, is seeking a federal injunction to force the Illinois High School Association to give his son and other runners like him a different qualifying time – as it also gives wheelchair-bound athletes – so they can compete equally in state championships alongside non-disabled competitors.
A Chicago federal magistrate judge laid low a lawsuit by Malibu Media - a litigious online skin flick distributor - which alleged an internet pirate infringed its copyright by downloading two dozen movies without permission, saying Malibu failed to present computer forensics evidence backing its claim.
Chicago to pay $3 million to settle claims it discriminated vs cop candidates who lived in U.S. less than 10 years
The city of Chicago has quickly assented to the U.S. Department of Justice’s contentions it discriminated against foreign-born police applicants by requiring applicants to have lived in the U.S. for 5-10 years before applying. As part of a settlement agreement announced in Chicago federal court, the city has agreed to pay $3.1 million in the class action brought by the Justice Department on behalf of 47 onetime police officer applicants.
Appeals panel: OK for bank, ad agency to settle for zero dollars, thwart accountant's countersuit vs bank in embezzlement suit
An Illinois appeals panel has backed a Cook County judge’s ruling that Bank of America and a Chicago advertising agency didn’t pull a fast one on a Skokie accountant, by reaching a zero-dollar settlement in a $1 million embezzlement lawsuit, saving the ad agency untold sums in legal fees and shielding the bank from the accountant’s countersuit.
A Chicago federal judge will not slow down Cook County’s predatory lawsuit against HSBC, denying a request from HSBC to place the county’s legal action on hold to allow a federal appeals court to iron out differing opinions among local federal judges as to whether the county actually has standing under federal law to sue HSBC and other banks over allegations the banks discriminated against borrowers based on race and worsened local housing markets.