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IL attorney discipline panel recommends lawyer imprisoned for bank fraud lose law license

Dan Churney Aug. 17, 2015, 9:49am

An Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission’s hearing board has recommended the Supreme Court of Illinois strip the license of an imprisoned lawyer, who the regulators assert showed no remorse for committing a multi-million dollar fraud.

FDIC OK to continue pursuit of $100K retainer paid to lawyer just before First DuPage Bank failure

Dan Churney Aug. 15, 2015, 12:48am

A Chicago federal judge has turned down a motion to dismiss a suit brought against a now-shuttered law firm by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which is seeking the return of an alleged improper retainer paid the firm by a failing bank. On Aug. 22, 2014, the FDIC filed a one-count complaint against the Coleman Law Firm, of Chicago, demanding return of $100,000 that had been paid the firm by officers of the now defunct First DuPage Bank.

Former McHenry prosecutor OK'd to sue State's Attorney over firing following testimony in corruption case

Dan Churney Aug. 12, 2015, 11:55pm

A federal judge in Rockford allowed a former assistant prosecutor to continue his suit against his ex-boss, embattled McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi, but not against another of Bianchi’s prosecutors, for allegedly firing him for testifying against Bianchi in a failed misconduct case.

Texas businessman's malpractice claim dismissed vs Katten Muchin firm, partner, over handling of fraud suit

Dan Churney Aug. 8, 2015, 2:30pm

A lawsuit brought by a one-time client, who acted as his own attorney, against the Katten Muchin law firm, of Chicago, was dismissed after the man, after filing the lawsuit, opted not to continue to press the case in which he claimed the firm had misled him about their legal skills, torpedoing a fraud lawsuit.

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