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Appeals court sides with California online retailer in tax suit, overturns $100K in fees in qui tam action

Dana Herra Oct. 21, 2016, 2:09pm

An appeals court found a California retailer is not liable for failure to collect Illinois use tax for catalog and Internet sales, and also threw out more than $100,000 in attorney’s fees a lower court had awarded the law firm that brought the qui tam action.

Big U.S. sales of Androgel sink Belgian drugmaker Besins' try to toss 'Low T' drug class action suit

Dana Herra Oct. 14, 2016, 9:30am

A federal judge has denied a Belgian drug maker’s attempt to remove itself from a massive class-action lawsuit that claims testosterone replacement drugs caused harm to patients taking them for off-label conditions.

Data breach class action vs Barnes & Noble falls apart after judge finds victims suffered no injury

Dana Herra Oct. 6, 2016, 5:14pm

A federal judge has dismissed an attempt by customers of Barnes & Noble to sue the bookseller over a 2012 data breach they say exposed them to an increased risk of identity theft.

Suburban nonprofit theater not property tax exempt because not 'charitable,' panel says

Dana Herra Sep. 23, 2016, 12:44pm

A suburban community theater troupe will not receive a property tax exemption on its theater, after a state appellate court upheld previous findings by the state and a trial court that the theater, while nonprofit, is not charitable enough to qualify for an exemption.

Woman whose foot was severed by firecracker in park can't sue Chicago Park District: Appeals court

Dana Herra Sep. 15, 2016, 1:37pm

A woman whose foot was severed after a firework, detonated by two men visiting a Chicago park, exploded near her, cannot hold the Chicago Park District liable for her injuries, an appellate court has ruled.

Photographer says big local Coldwell Banker brokerage wrongly shared photos with Zillow, others

Dana Herra Aug. 31, 2016, 5:57pm

A photographer has sued one of the state’s largest real estate groups, claiming at least two of its agents violated copyright law by sharing his photos for use by Zillow and other online real estate-related sites.

Judge sinks bid by cruise line to use Spokeo to thwart class action over telemarketing disguised as surveys

Dana Herra Aug. 26, 2016, 12:47pm

A cruise line and other companies being sued for allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls under the guise of nonprofit surveys lost an attempt to use the recent U.S. Supreme Court Spokeo ruling to defeat a class action against them.

Exotic dancers' wage lawsuit vs Pink Monkey club dismissed; included too little detail, judge says

Dana Herra Aug. 12, 2016, 11:01am

A trio of former exotic dancers was foiled in an attempt to recover money they claim is owed to them by the South Loop club where they worked, after a federal judge dismissed the women’s wage lawsuit against the Pink Monkey.

Appeals panel says firefighter can press work comp claim for PTSD

Dana Herra Aug. 5, 2016, 11:13am

The state’s workers’ compensation commission will need to take a second look at a Homewood firefighter’s claim for coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder, after a state appeals court ruled legal precedent exists to support his claim and the commission was too hasty to toss his claims.

Judge: IL State Police needed only offer other jobs to escape ADA suit brought by ex-trooper with diabetes

Dana Herra Jul. 29, 2016, 1:10pm

A former state trooper placed on restricted duty after a diabetic episode caused her to crash a squad car – and to whom the state offered three alternative positions - has failed in her bid to sue the Illinois State Police for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

School nursing vendor claims CPS helped competitor poach nurses, but judge tosses lawsuit

Dana Herra Jul. 11, 2016, 9:54am

A federal judge has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the Chicago Public Schools by a school nursing contractor who accused the city’s school district of helping a competitor poach their employees after CPS awarded a new contract for its special needs school nursing services. But the judge left the door open for the plaintiffs to rewrite their complaint and resume their lawsuit, if they could.

Wording of hotel tax rules doom most suburban collection suits vs Expedia, other online room renters

Dana Herra Jul. 5, 2016, 11:11am

The village of Lombard is the only one of more than a dozen municipalities suing 13 online travel sites to come out a winner, after a federal judge ruled that the sites do not need to pay additional taxes to the other villages and cities.

Daimler lawsuit: IL board won't allow it to cut off dealership that admitted to hacking Daimler's system

Dana Herra Jun. 30, 2016, 10:55am

Calling a state agency’s recent decision akin to “saying a criminal is innocent of burglary if he breaks into a house but does not succeed in stealing anything,” truck maker Daimler Trucks North America has asked a Cook County judge to determine the Illinois Motor Vehicle Review Board was wrong to determine Daimler was not justified in cutting off a dealership group which admitted to stealing information from Daimler to gain a competitive advantage over a rival Daimler dealer.

Theater group hooks insurer into growing legal actions over sinking of 'haunted barge' at Navy Pier

Dana Herra Jun. 29, 2016, 3:30pm

Another lawsuit has been added to the pile of legal actions already filed in the 2014 sinking of a “haunted barge” attraction at Navy Pier.

State agency wrong to yank doctor's license because he was suspended by Medicaid, panel says

Dana Herra Jun. 28, 2016, 11:58am

A state appellate court upheld a lower court’s decision that a doctor’s inability to participate in Medicaid was not adequate grounds for a state licensing agency to suspend his license.

IL law doesn't require ComEd to grant net metering benefit to community solar projects, panel says

Dana Herra Jun. 16, 2016, 3:21pm

A state appellate court has rejected a claim by the Citizens Utility Board that ComEd should extend the special metering it allows customers who generate their own green energy to groups of people supporting community green energy projects.

Appeals court: Cook County has lawful power to regulate trash, recycling transfer stations

Dana Herra Jun. 1, 2016, 12:07pm

A state appellate court has ruled that Cook County has the authority to regulate solid waste and recycling facilities, upholding a summary judgment by the Cook County Circuit Court against the National Waste and Recycling Association.

Arabic-speaking man says didn't understand signed forms, but still can't sue Palos hospital

Dana Herra May 12, 2016, 11:24am

Palos Community Hospital’s clear and repeated notices that doctors are contractors, not employees, proved the undoing of a man’s medical malpractice suit, even though he claimed he could not read the notices.

Cruise line, timeshare seller who tacked pitches to phone surveys likely broke law, judge says

Dana Herra Apr. 29, 2016, 5:45pm

A federal judge has ruled a group of companies that used promises of free cruises to entice people to take telephone political surveys appeared to have broken federal law, clearing the way for a class action to continue against a cruise line and seller of vacation timeshares.

Hospital council asks court to stop IT vendor from wiping patient data when it goes out of business

Dana Herra Apr. 26, 2016, 2:09pm

A council of more than 30 Chicago-area hospitals has sued its IT provider over the tech firm’s plan to destroy patient data from its servers, saying the action would severely impair the council’s ability to operate a patient-data sharing exchange.