Judge refuses request for fresh look at $80 million judgment for casinos over horse tracks owners' conspiracy with Blagojevich
A federal judge has refused to buck a verdict ordering a group of Chicago-area horse track owners to pay about $80 million to four casinos, because the track owners allegedly bribed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to tax the casinos and hand the purse to horse industry interests. In 2009, Empress Casino and Harrah’s Casino, both in Joliet, as well as Hollywood Casino in Aurora and Grand Victoria Casino Elgin sued several defendants, including Blagojevich and John Johnston, the owner of the Balmoral
The Illinois Second District Appellate Court has ruled a Chicago area horse trainer should not pony up as much money to a New York attorney and harness racing enthusiast as a DuPage County jury had said he should, finishing the latest leg of a lawsuit that arose from business dealings that went lame.
An Illinois appeals panel has sided with a Chicago building owner against an insurance company, in a dispute over who should pay for a 2010 porch collapse at a Lakeview apartment building – an event the insurer had tried to avoid covering by arguing, in part, the porch was a “deck” and was not actually a part of the insured building.
The parents of a child, who died because of medical malpractice, are suing the insurance company of some of the doctors involved, alleging the company owes the parents more than $1 million in an unpaid judgment and should pay another $10 million for allegedly pulling the wool over the eyes of the doctors as to how much coverage was available to pay the parents.
Appeals panel: Taxpayers lack standing in suit vs Cook Circuit Clerk alleging misappropriation of fees
Illinois’ First District Appellate Court has affirmed a Cook County judge’s ruling an Evanston doctor and several John Does have no standing to sue Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown to challenge how Brown processes certain court fees they contend, by law, should be used to fund juvenile intervention programs.
A federal judge and Comcast have found themselves on the same wavelength on whether differing categories of Comcast technicians should be allowed to participate in a class action over whether Comcast shorted the technicians on their pay.
Appeals panel: Threat of ID theft not enough to sustain class action vs. Advocate over stolen computers
A state appeals panel has determined Advocate Health, one of Illinois’ largest health care services providers, cannot be sued by a group of patients who believe their chances of falling prey to identity thieves increased significantly after computers containing their personal information was stolen from Advocate’s offices.
Fiat Chrysler: Federal court best place for case alleging Jeep Liberty defects in 2012 Bishop Ford Dolton fatal crash
Attorneys for automaker Fiat Chrysler are hoping to move a lawsuit, alleging a defective Jeep Liberty contributed to a 2012 fatal crash on the Bishop Ford Freeway, from Cook County Circuit Court to federal court, because the plaintiffs have settled with all defendants from Illinois, and there are no longer any parties in the case from Cook County.
Judge: Bail payment processing service not illegal, but some counts in class action over unrefunded fees can proceed
A Chicago federal judge has dismissed two of five counts contained in a class action complaint alleging a bail and bond payment processing company broke Illinois law by not refunding an 8 percent fee to a Watseka man, who had posted bail for traffic charges that were eventually dropped.
Judge tosses antitrust complaints vs. radiological drug company, others accused of rigging Cook County hospital bids
Nuclear pharmaceuticals company Triad Isotopes and a group of related defendants, who are being sued in federal court over claims they rigged bids to secure Cook County drug contracts, have succeeded in persuading a judge to dismiss three of seven counts against them.
Judge delivers wins to both sides in former Ditto Trade CEO Simons' battle vs. online brokerage over dismissal, defamation
A former chief executive officer of Chicago-based social brokerage firm Ditto Trade has secured a victory – mostly –over claims made against him in an ongoing legal battle with his former employers, who have alleged the former CEO worked to “undermine” the company after he was fired just nine months into his tenure.
A Glenview-based developer's lawsuit against PNC Bank - in which he claimed the bank didn’t play fair, costing him millions of dollars, forcing him into bankruptcy and causing the loss of a property slated for condominiums on Chicago's North Side - has been dismissed.
A Markham church has claimed Markham city officials violated a number of laws, including the church's right to the exercise of religion, when they denied the church's request for a special use permit to operate a church in a residential area. City officials, in response, have moved to have the case handled in federal court, rather than in Cook County’s circuit courtrooms.