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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.

Judge: Bail payment processing service not illegal, but some counts in class action over unrefunded fees can proceed

Dan Churney Jun. 3, 2015, 10:55am

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

Dan Churney May 29, 2015, 8:55am

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.

IL Supreme Court: Rental Housing Support surcharge collected by county recorders not unconstitutional 'fee office'

Dan Churney May 27, 2015, 8:30am

Burke

Judge delivers wins to both sides in former Ditto Trade CEO Simons' battle vs. online brokerage over dismissal, defamation

Dan Churney May 25, 2015, 9:00am

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.

Developer's lawsuit tossed vs PNC Bank over 'toxic' loan

Dan Churney May 18, 2015, 10:28pm

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.

Markham church alleges city officials improperly using zoning laws to cast it out of neighborhood

Dan Churney May 14, 2015, 3:47pm

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.