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SEIU Local 73 hit with defamation suit from union reps for SEIU employees

Dan Churney Feb. 28, 2016, 10:38pm

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

Dan Churney Feb. 22, 2016, 6:30pm

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

Dan Churney Feb. 19, 2016, 10:20am

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

Dan Churney Feb. 15, 2016, 12:05pm

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.

Malibu Media loses porn piracy case vs Doe after no downloaded materials found on Doe's computer

Dan Churney Feb. 12, 2016, 3:07pm

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

Dan Churney Feb. 8, 2016, 10:40am

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

Dan Churney Feb. 4, 2016, 11:44am

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.

Judges disagree if county can sue, but appeal won't slow Cook's predatory lending suit vs HSBC

Dan Churney Feb. 1, 2016, 4:18pm

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.

7th Circuit says gambling losers can't use IL law to sue online poker sites to recoup losses

Dan Churney Jan. 26, 2016, 1:20pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has upheld lower court rulings, saying it’s a bad bet to try to use Illinois state law to recoup gambling losses from the hosts, rather than the winners, of online poker games.

Appeals court removes class representative from junk fax action, says named plaintiff is 'tool' of lawyer

Dan Churney Jan. 21, 2016, 3:29pm

In a sharply worded 2-1 decision, the Illinois First District Appellate Court in Chicago overturned a lower court decision and barred a plaintiff from serving as representative in a class-action suit involving allegedly unsolicited faxes, describing the plaintiff as a "tool'"of his lawyer.

Class action status stripped from lawsuit alleging wage-hour missteps vs firm providing workers to Caterpillar

Dan Churney Jan. 19, 2016, 9:19am

A Chicago federal judge has stripped the class action status from a lawsuit that alleged a Caterpillar contractor rooked Joliet workers out of overtime pay, with the judge describing the claims of 94 plaintiffs as too individualized to pursue as a whole.

Motel operators ask U.S. Supreme Court to mow down amounts Chicago can fine for violations of city weed ordinance

Dan Churney Jan. 11, 2016, 10:51am

Attorneys for a Skokie motel corporation are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to establish the formula for courts to use in determining whether state and local fines are over the top, as they challenge federal court dismissals of their lawsuit alleging fines charged by the city of Chicago under its weed ordinance are excessive under the U.S. Constitution.

Condo owners facing eviction get just one chance in court to challenge legitimacy of fees

Dan Churney Jan. 6, 2016, 9:18am

Condominium owners who wish to challenge the legality of fees charged by their properties’ owners associations don’t get two chances in court to do so, an Illinois state appellate panel has found, upholding a Cook County judge’s dismissal of an evicted condo owner’s suit over association assessment late fees, saying the owner should have raised the issue when he was evicted three years before. The appellate order was filed Dec. 17 under Supreme Court Rule 23.

Federal judge dampens suit claiming Sears sells flammable riding mowers

Dan Churney Jan. 5, 2016, 10:27am

Acting on a motion to dismiss, a Chicago federal judge has pruned a class action lawsuit brought by four people against Sears, which alleges the retailer sold defective lawnmowers prone to burst into flames.

Lawsuit alleging Big Lots job applications disclose too much moved from Philadelphia to Chicago federal court

Dan Churney Jan. 4, 2016, 9:45am

A Pennsylvania-born putative class-action suit, which alleges the nationwide retailer Big Lots violated federal law by overstocking job applicant disclosure statements with too much information, has landed in Chicago federal court. The one-count suit, between Aaron Abel and Big Lots Stores, Inc., was filed Nov. 2 in Philadelphia County Court and transferred to Chicago Dec. 15.

Judge flushes plumber's harassment suit alleging Elk Grove building officials conspired against him

Dan Churney Dec. 31, 2015, 11:04am

A plumber's harassment suit against Elk Grove Village has gone down the drain in Chicago federal court, with a judge saying no evidence was presented that a village inspector orchestrated a campaign by village employees to hassle the plumber for refusing to loan tools to the inspector.

Lawsuit claiming Ashley Madison faked female member profiles to dupe male customers headed to federal court

Dan Churney Dec. 23, 2015, 3:11pm

A Cook County man’s lawsuit, which alleges the Ashley Madison adultery website not only failed to protect personal information from hackers, but also two-timed male members through fake female profiles, could be headed from circuit court to Chicago federal court. In September, Matthew Lisuzzo filed a 10-count putative class-action suit in Cook County Circuit Court against Avid Life Media Inc., and the company’s law firm, Barnes & Thornburg.

Whether buyer knows it or not, landmark designation not insurable home title encumbrance, court says

Dan Churney Dec. 21, 2015, 9:28am

The First District Illinois Appellate Court in Chicago slammed the door on a South Side homeowner’s claim, which blamed prior owners for not disclosing that the 99-year-old house’s title is burdened by landmark designation and demanded her title insurer compensate her for the oversight. The appellate court’s decision was rendered Dec. 14.

Amazon can use rejected settlement offer to fight background check class action, judge says

Dan Churney Dec. 14, 2015, 11:16pm

A Chicago federal judge has ruled a plaintiff, who is leading a putative class action suit against Amazon for allegedly rejecting his job application after a background check turned up what the plaintiff said is a bogus report of a drug conviction, can’t stop the online retailer from using the plaintiff’s decision to reject a settlement offer as a defense to ward off the class action suit.

Appeals panel sides with Geraci in fight with Mexican billionaire over right to buy downtown Chicago condo unit

Dan Churney Dec. 14, 2015, 10:47am

Prominent Chicago bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci and his wife have beaten back a Mexican mining magnate’s right-of-first-refusal suit, which tried to stop Geraci from buying a Magnificent Mile penthouse above the magnate’s floor. The First District Appellate Court of Illinois ruled in the Geraci couple’s favor Nov. 30, overturning a Cook County Circuit Court decision that had gone against them.