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Video gaming 'finder' says Ill. Gaming Board penalized, 'blacklisted' his company without authority

Dan Churney Aug. 6, 2015, 2:41pm

A Dundee man is in Cook County Circuit Court, saying the Illinois Gaming Board dealt him a bad hand by improperly ordering a video gaming company to stop using his business as a broker to arrange contracts for lease of the company's machines.

Bankrupt lender can't sue GE for allegedly lengthening lifespan of Ponzi scheme that ensnared them

Dan Churney Aug. 3, 2015, 7:24am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed litigation brought against GE Capital by the trustee for a bankrupt lender who claimed the bank’s failure to publicly expose a Ponzi scheme before the scheme was halted by law enforcement cost the bankrupt lender millions of dollars in defaulted loans.

Class action alleges loan company made 'hundreds of thousands' of collection calls to cell phones

Dan Churney Jul. 26, 2015, 10:36pm

In Chicago’s federal court, it’s Dial L for Lawsuit, as a Mississippi woman has brought a class-action complaint against a multi-state personal finance company for allegedly violating federal law by making hundreds of thousands of unsolicited, automated telephone calls. Shirley Williams filed the suit July 22 against First Tower Loan LLC on behalf of herself and a class including others similarly situated, alleging the company violated the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Federal judge doesn’t go for corporate shuffling in parking attendant labor suit

Dan Churney Jul. 24, 2015, 8:53am

A Chicago parking lot attendant company tried to pull away from a class-action labor lawsuit brought by former employees, but a federal judge has applied the brakes.

Family of Chicago cop killed in Dan Ryan motorcycle crash sues city, county over missing express lane posts

Dan Churney Jul. 22, 2015, 11:56pm

The family of a Chicago police officer, killed while off duty last year in an Interstate 94 crash, lodged a wrongful death suit July 16, blaming the city of Chicago and Cook County for contributing to the officer’s death by allegedly failing to replace almost one dozen missing traffic control posts at the scene. Winifred Rodriguez filed an eight-count wrongful death suit in Cook County Circuit Court, accusing the city and county of negligence and willful and wanton misconduct in connection with

K-9 officer sues Lynwood for denying OT for time spent off-duty taking care of police dog

Dan Churney Jul. 20, 2015, 12:29pm

A suburban police chief allegedly told a K-9 officer he was barking up the wrong tree, so the officer went to federal court, claiming his department violated federal law in denying him pay for off-duty time spent caring for a police dog.

Judge refuses request for fresh look at $80 million judgment for casinos over horse tracks owners' conspiracy with Blagojevich

Dan Churney Jul. 16, 2015, 11:59am

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

Judge: Smart electrical meters are not unconstitutional invasion of homeowners' privacy

Dan Churney Jul. 13, 2015, 11:02am

The installation of smart electric meters by a city-owned utility does not amount to a violation of a homeowner’s constitutional rights against warrantless search, no matter how much data the meters might collect or transmit about a homeowner’s electrical use, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.

Appellate: Legal malpractice claim over failed Loop project can proceed because firm did not tell of competing lien

Dan Churney Jul. 10, 2015, 3:58pm

A Chicago construction company has prevailed on appeal in its malpractice beef with a Chicago law firm, in which the company claimed it lost more than $1 million after the firm allowed a lender to jump its lien on a failed Loop condominium project.

Appellate panel: Horse trainer should not be saddled with such high judgment

Dan Churney Jul. 7, 2015, 12:16pm

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.

There will be litigation: AMC alleges suburban environmental consultant falsified deeds for South Barrington wetlands, attempted to 'extort' $800K from theater chain

Dan Churney Jul. 6, 2015, 9:28am

Now playing in Chicago federal court: A lawsuit by a nationwide movie theater chain against a suburban environmental consultant for allegedly falsifying deeds to extort payment from the chain for land the company already owned at its South Barrington cinematic multiplex.

Appellate: Porch collapse should be covered by insurance because porch is part of building

Dan Churney Jun. 29, 2015, 12:05pm

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.

ISMIE sued for $10 million over alleged deception of doctors in child death lawsuit

Dan Churney Jun. 26, 2015, 1:02pm

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

Dan Churney Jun. 26, 2015, 12:50pm

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.

No whey? Judge nixes suit vs CVS over alleged ‘deceptive’ labeling on protein mix

Dan Churney Jun. 23, 2015, 4:17pm

Says CVS didn't violate any laws by claiming powder contains 26 grams of protein, even if all grams not from whey

Elk Grove plumber alleges village plumbing inspector, other workers harassed him for refusing to loan his tools

Dan Churney Jun. 17, 2015, 5:13pm

Says suffered civil rights violations, including burglary at hands of village workers impersonating paramedics, State Fire Marshal

Appellate panel: Hospitals not on hook for malpractice claims because doctors not employees

Dan Churney Jun. 15, 2015, 11:55am

Centegra Hospital McHenry

Federal judge cans class-action status in Comcast tech pay case

Dan Churney Jun. 12, 2015, 9:00am

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

Dan Churney Jun. 8, 2015, 12:15pm

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

Dan Churney Jun. 6, 2015, 9:00am

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.