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Judge orders SharkNinja to clean up its act in trying to blow away rival Dyson's false advertising suit

Dan Churney Apr. 13, 2016, 11:29am

A fed up federal judge has yanked the plug on a New England vacuum cleaner company’s effort to force test results from a rival Chicago vacuum maker, warning the company it is flirting with sanctions if it keeps trying to inflate an alleged false advertising case beyond its parameters.

Appeals panel: Lawyers who say they modify mortgages can be subject to redlining discrimination actions

Dan Churney Apr. 6, 2016, 5:12pm

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

Dan Churney Apr. 4, 2016, 10:57am

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

Dan Churney Apr. 1, 2016, 11:22am

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

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

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

Dan Churney Mar. 28, 2016, 12:46pm

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

Dan Churney Mar. 22, 2016, 6:53pm

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.

Appeals court punishes lawyer again in continuing saga over 'frivolous' litigation vs Kindercare

Dan Churney Mar. 21, 2016, 1:06pm

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.

Appeals panel puts debt collector back on hook for class action over potentially illegal lawsuits

Dan Churney Mar. 16, 2016, 3:33pm

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.

Judge says Walgreen, Rite Aid must show numbers to push allegations Opana drugmakers cheated them

Dan Churney Mar. 7, 2016, 1:09pm

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

Dan Churney Mar. 1, 2016, 10:18pm

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.

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.