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Part-time clerk or not, man must face arbitration over accusations he stole data before leaving UBS for competitor, judge says

Dan Churney Oct. 29, 2015, 10:47pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to halt arbitration proceedings brought by investment firm UBS Financial Services against a former clerk, whom UBS has alleged helped steal company information with which to lure away customers. Alexander Freund worked as a part-time clerk for UBS in Chicago from Nov. 7, 2011, to Feb. 15, 2012, when he left to work for Wells Fargo.

Class action alleges home loan servicer Seterus refused to terminate PMI on modified loans, violating laws, loan terms

Dan Churney Oct. 26, 2015, 9:32am

A Romeoville man is in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois, alleging a home loan servicing company is sticking him and other troubled borrowers with unneeded mortgage insurance because the company gets a cut of the premiums.

IL Supreme Court: Law caps liability for rental car companies, no matter if self-insured

Dan Churney Oct. 21, 2015, 3:09pm

Predicting a double standard would result if it allowed an appeals court’s decision to stand, the Illinois Supreme Court said a lower court erred in ordering a self-insured Chicago-area car rental business to pay the victim of a car crash $600,000 – far more than what would have been required under the law if the company had purchased an outside insurance policy.

St. Charles company alleges ex-employee committed corporate espionage to form rival corporation, steal customers

Dan Churney Oct. 17, 2015, 10:51am

A suburban company, which works with insurance carriers to arrange housing for catastrophe victims, is claiming in Chicago federal court a former employee committed corporate espionage by swiping a secret list of adjustors, setting up a competing company and poaching customers. St. Charles-based ALE Solutions filed a 10-count, 47-page lawsuit Oct. 14 against Starpoint Digital, Inc., and two former ALE employees.

City Colleges hit with class action lawsuit over student recruitment texts, phone calls

Dan Churney Oct. 12, 2015, 12:37am

A Cook County man has filed a class action lawsuit in Chicago federal district court against Chicago’s City Colleges and an education marketing company, handing them a failing grade for allegedly violating federal law by making unsolicited, automated telephone calls and texts to recruit students. On Oct. 8, Ismael Salam lodged the suit against Community College District 508, also known as the City Colleges, as well as against Cook County, the state of Illinois and Blackboard, Inc.

Judge declines to drop Androgel maker Besins from huge lawsuit over testosterone treatment side effects

Dan Churney Oct. 5, 2015, 12:50pm

A federal judge has declined to drop the Belgian company which makes Androgel and its American licensee from a multi-state class action lawsuit, which alleges the companies’ testosterone restorative drug is not only useless, but harmful. However, the judge did leave the door open that jurisdiction over the case could lay elsewhere.

Federal judge toasts suburban restaurant owner's lawsuit claiming vodka manufacturer falsely marketed product as handmade

Dan Churney Oct. 1, 2015, 8:43am

A suburban restaurant owner's class-action suit against a Texas distillery has dried up, after a Chicago federal judge found there were no grounds to allege the distillery falsely advertised its vodka as handcrafted. Mario Aliano, owner of Batavia-based restaurant business, Due Fratelli Inc., had filed a class action suit in October 2014 in Cook County Circuit Court against Fifth Generation Inc., which makes Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

IL Supreme Court: Former shareholders have no standing to sue lawyers for malpractice without backing by the corporation

Dan Churney Sep. 28, 2015, 11:04pm

Former shareholders who owned minority positions in a commodity trading firm have no malpractice case against their onetime attorneys, because the case is based on the incongruity of pursuing individual claims on behalf of a corporation, the state’s high court has ruled. On Sept. 24, the Illinois State Supreme Court ended the latest round in a legal battle that dates back to 2005, when several minority shareholders in Beeland Management LLC hired the law firm of McGuireWoods to sue Beeland.

Lifetime Fitness could owe ex-trainers back wages, but not vacation pay in whistleblower suit

Dan Churney Sep. 23, 2015, 10:10am

A federal suit against the Lifetime Fitness chain of health clubs recently lost some muscle, when a judge ruled the company may owe fired personal trainers back wages for regular and overtime hours, but it does not owe them pay for unused vacation time. The case began July 7, 2014, when Jared Steger and David Ramsey filed a class-action suit in Cook County Circuit Court against LTF Club Operations Co.

Former part-time clerk asks judge to rein in UBS' efforts to lasso him in FINRA arbitration worth millions

Dan Churney Sep. 15, 2015, 10:32am

A former clerk with UBS Financial Services in Chicago went to Chicago federal court last week, arguing the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has no jurisdiction over him in a multi-million dollar arbitration action, brought against him by UBS for allegedly breaching his employment contract. On Sept. 10, Alexander Freund lodged a two-count complaint against New Jersey-headquartered UBS Financial Services, seeking declaratory judgment and an injunction.

Romeoville church contends village zoning regulations box out small churches, break federal, state law

Dan Churney Sep. 14, 2015, 5:48pm

A church has asked a federal judge to determine whether Caesar has asked it to render too much, as the religious group has alleged zoning regulations in the village of Romeoville are discriminatory, making it almost impossible for small churches to locate in the village. On Sept. 4, Truth Foundation Ministries (TFM) filed a three-count complaint in the U.S.

Appeals panel: City did not overreact in labeling bullmastiff 'dangerous' after attack on smaller dog

Dan Churney Sep. 12, 2015, 9:19am

A dog owner has claimed the Chicago Animal Care and Control Commission overreacted when it classified her pet a dangerous creature for mauling a smaller dog, but a state appellate panel has sided with the city commission.

IL state officials tossed from discrimination lawsuit vs Eden Supportive Living over mental health policies

Dan Churney Sep. 8, 2015, 11:01pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed several state officials, including former Gov. Patrick Quinn, from a suit brought by two women and a fair housing group, which alleged officials wrongly barred the mentally ill from a Medicaid-supported housing program.

IL Atty General hits Chicago lawyer with legal action over alleged mishandling of trust

Dan Churney Sep. 5, 2015, 8:55am

A longtime Chicago lawyer is in hot water with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office in connection with questions about his handling of a charitable trust. The Attorney General’s Office lodged a complaint Aug. 31 in Cook County Circuit Court against Richard C. Moenning.

Guilt-by-marriage? Video gambling applicant claims Illinois Gaming Board blackballed her because of spouse’s suit against Board

Dan Churney Sep. 4, 2015, 11:42am

A West Chicago woman has sued the Illinois Gaming Board, claiming the board improperly turned down her applications last spring for four video gaming licenses for planned establishments in suburban Chicago, in retaliation for a lawsuit her husband had brought against the Board over sweepstakes machines.

Judge refuses new trial vs Owens, Exxon for pipefitter with lung cancer a jury found was caused by cigarettes, not asbestos

Dan Churney Aug. 28, 2015, 1:49pm

A Chicago federal judge refused to grant a new trial Aug. 25 for a retired pipefitter from Braidwood, who failed to convince a jury earlier this year exposure to asbestos on corporate job sites, rather than a cigarette smoking habit, had caused his lung cancer. Charles Krik filed suit in November 2010 in Chicago federal court against Owens-Illinois, ExxonMobil and others, claiming his lung cancer was caused, in part, because the companies negligently exposed him to asbestos while he worked as a

Woman active in Schiller Park politics, community organizations, wants Facebook to reveal ID of blogger

Dan Churney Aug. 27, 2015, 3:11pm

A politically active Schiller Park woman wants to target the blogger she claims defamed her, and to do so has taken action in Cook County Circuit Court to force Facebook and Wordpress to identify the blogger.

Medical marijuana executive withdraws suit vs Chicago law firm over bungled deal, tax liability

Dan Churney Aug. 26, 2015, 12:27pm

A lawsuit brought by a Prospect Heights developer and entrepreneur in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming his financial interest in a medical marijuana consulting company may go to pot because a Loop law firm allegedly bungled a merger between the marijuana company and two other corporations, has been dismissed. The judge entered an order accepting Baroud's motion for voluntary dismissal Dec. 14.

Temporary flooding caused by government action can be illegal taking of property, appellate panel rules

Dan Churney Aug. 24, 2015, 12:19pm

A state appellate panel has ruled the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion, and not that of the state’s highest court, should hold sway in a case in which a group of Chicago area homeowners have argued a decision by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to release flood waters, resulting in backed-up sewers, flooded creeks and extensive damages to surrounding homes, constitutes an illegal taking of their property under the Illinois Constitution.

1st Appellate Court refuses to upset $8 million verdict in I-94 wrongful death case

Dan Churney Aug. 20, 2015, 12:56pm

An appeals panel has upheld an $8 million judgment awarded to the family of a suburban woman killed by a truck along the side of Interstate 94 in 2010, rejecting a trucking company's claims it didn't get a fair trial and the trial judge made a number of mistakes. The First District Appellate Court in Chicago on Aug. 14 affirmed the jury verdict awarded to the family of Stacey L. McHale.