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Robbins power plant owner sues companies who left plant unsafe to passing aircraft, people on site

Dana Herra Aug. 7, 2015, 12:08pm

Dangerous alterations to a defunct power plant in Robbins, allegedly including disconnected aircraft warning lights on a tower structure, disabled fire suppression systems, and cut, live wires left easily accessible, have prompted the owner of the property to file suit against two companies he allowed to remove equipment from the site. The suit was filed July 31 in Cook County Circuit Court.

OT lawsuit vs Chicago 7-Eleven franchisee tossed after pay stubs show 'Misc Pay' rather than time-and-a-half

Dana Herra Aug. 5, 2015, 12:23pm

Saying the reasoning underpinning the case was “circular,” a federal judge on Aug. 3 threw out a lawsuit by a former convenience store employee who claimed she was never paid for overtime hours she worked, despite pay stubs showing “miscellaneous pay,” which ultimately may have meant she earned more than time-and-a-half for extra hours on the clock.

Insurer must defend former Zion mayor, economic development director, but not city, in suit over minor league stadium

Dana Herra Jul. 31, 2015, 12:23pm

The city of Zion cannot rely on its insurance company to cover all of its losses arising from a breach of contract lawsuit filed when the city failed to build a promised stadium for a minor league baseball team, which included actor Kevin Costner among its ownership group.

Intellect Wireless, lawyers ordered to pay HTC $4 million over patent suit tossed for 'inequitable conduct'

Dana Herra Jul. 30, 2015, 5:52pm

A Chicago federal judge has ordered Intellect Wireless and its former lawyers to pay more than $4 million in legal costs and interest to HTC, a wireless phone maker, in the aftermath to Intellect’s loss in court over its claims HTC had infringed its patents. The judge found Intellect’s former attorneys, Raymond Niro, Paul Gibbons, David Mahalek and Paul Vickrey, jointly liable.

Boeing removes 19th suit filed in Cook County over Asiana Flight 214 crash to federal court

Dana Herra Jul. 28, 2015, 10:10pm

Another lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court against The Boeing Company related to a fatal 2013 plane crash in California has been removed to federal court, joining 78 similar suits. Case No. 1:15-CV-06412 marks the 19th lawsuit surrounding the crash filed in Cook County.

Meat refiner files suit vs. contractors, sellers of foam filler that caused fire at factory

Dana Herra Jul. 24, 2015, 11:28pm

A Chicago-based maker of cooked and refined meat products has filed suit against construction businesses it holds accountable for a 2014 fire at its facility in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood.

Monopolistic prom queen or just belle of the ball? Judge tosses antitrust suit vs Chicago area dress boutique

Dana Herra Jul. 8, 2015, 10:06am

An antitrust lawsuit unraveled last week when a federal judge ruled in favor of a Chicago-area dress shop accused by one of its competitors of stitching together a monopoly on the local prom dress market.

Fliers launch antitrust class action vs American, United, Southwest, Delta airlines, allege collusion on airfares, capacity, fees

Dana Herra Jul. 4, 2015, 10:11am

A class action lawsuit has been launched against the four major U.S. airlines, riding the wings of a federal investigation into whether the airlines colluded to keep domestic airfares high, even as their costs have fallen..

$3 million Class action dismissed vs AT&T over $3.99 fee added to U-verse vacation hold bills

Dana Herra Jul. 1, 2015, 12:01pm

A class action lawsuit brought by a Chicago man against AT&T Inc. for $3 million over a $3.99 monthly surcharge applied to his U-verse television service bill has been dismissed.

Galena plumbing inspector: City fired him for enforcing building code vs. certain projects

Dana Herra Jun. 29, 2015, 11:56am

A former city plumbing inspector has sued the city of Galena for $8 million, claiming he was fired for doing his job too well.

Appeals panel: Trial court should not have closed discovery into Aurora Planned Parenthood clinic zoning

Dana Herra Jun. 26, 2015, 12:40pm

An appeals court has ordered DuPage County’s circuit court to take another look at whether Planned Parenthood’s Aurora clinic may not be allowed in its current location under the city of Aurora’s zoning code.

Windsor Windows faces federal class action over leaky aluminum-clad windows

Dana Herra Jun. 20, 2015, 5:57pm

Plainfield couple alleges company has breached its warranty, won't repair water damage to home

Appeals panel: Winston & Strawn not on hook in malpractice claim over concert deal gone bad at Indian casino

Dana Herra Jun. 19, 2015, 9:07am

Court says Cardenas Marketing never showed how different advice from counsel would have changed the outcome in any way

Belushi sues woman for defaming him over potential business deal gone sour

Dana Herra Jun. 11, 2015, 9:55am

BelushiActor Jim Belushi filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court June 4 against a woman he claims spread rumors about him that led to a loss of business at his Chicago comedy club and damaged his professional relationships with others in the comedy business.Belushi filed the complaint against Sahar Chavoshi, who court documents identified as the girlfriend of Kyle Lane, owner of Lane’s Comedy Bar in

Judge: Cities do not need to review unpaid hotel tax claims before proceeding with class action vs Expedia, online travel sites

Dana Herra Jun. 10, 2015, 9:04am

A group of Illinois cities and villages suing Expedia and other online travel companies have won the chance to move forward with a class action over taxes the municipal governments claim the travel sites owe them, as a federal judge said the cities do not necessarily need to first review the tax claims themselves before taking the matter to court.On June 4, U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly rejected

Aon sues former Bolivian subsidiary CEO, alleges double-dealings cost millions, closed Bolivia to Aon

Dana Herra Jun. 8, 2015, 9:20am

Aon Corporation has sued the former CEO of its subsidiary in Bolivia for fraud and misconduct it alleges cost the company more than $20 million and the ability to do business at all in the South American country.

A/C manufacturer can move ahead with suit vs Elk Grove HVAC contractor over CTA contract nixed by Buy American law

Dana Herra Jun. 5, 2015, 10:54am

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Class action: Dick's Sporting Goods misclassified employees as assistant managers to avoid paying OT

Dana Herra Jun. 2, 2015, 10:43am

A former assistant store manager has filed a class action lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods, claiming the retailer cheated employees out of overtime pay by labeling them assistant managers.Attorneys Edward A. Wallace and Amy E. Keller of Wexler Wallace LLP in Chicago filed the case in Cook County Circuit Court May 29 on behalf of John Bouchard. The complaint seeks to broaden the action to cover

Class action: Catamaran OK'd UnitedHealth acquisition to benefit execs, not shareholders

Dana Herra May 28, 2015, 8:55am

Schaumburg-based Catamaran Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit brought by a shareholder who claims Catamaran’s acquisition by UnitedHealth Group Inc. benefits the company’s board of directors and top executives at the expense of shareholders.Shareholder Leslie Katz has named the company and each of the board’s nine members as defendants in the action filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.In the

Environmental groups sue Federal Highway Administration over Illiana Tollway decisions

Dana Herra May 27, 2015, 11:02am

A trio of environmental groups has filed suit in U.S. district court asking a judge to vacate the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of documents supporting the proposed Illiana Tollway.