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Chicago wrong place for union lawyer's libel suit over right-to-work group's Indiana high court article

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2016, 5:46pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a union lawyer’s defamation lawsuit against a leading anti-union advocacy organization, saying the facts of the case – which centers on the veracity of the lawyer’s statements to the Indiana Supreme Court during a court fight over the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Work law  - indicate the defamation suit should not have been filed in Illinois.

$30M deal to end massive price-fixing class action vs steelmakers; all settlements now total $194M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 19, 2016, 5:18pm

A group of about 5,500 manufacturers, metal fabricators and others who bought steel from eight American steelmakers about a decade ago have announced a $30 million deal with three of those mill operators – a settlement the parties intend would cap off a massive antitrust class action lawsuit accusing the steelmakers of manipulating supply to boost prices for their steel products.

Lawsuit: Litigation financier Oasis Financial broke labor laws, required 'overbroad' non-compete contracts

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 18, 2016, 3:40pm

Former employees of a company specializing in providing money to people looking to sue have sued their ex-employer, saying the company improperly forced employees to work too many hours without overtime pay, and has wrongly attempted to enforce employment agreements forbidding former employees from working for competitors for as many as two years.

Judge chills class action vs Starbucks over amount of ice in cold drinks

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 17, 2016, 3:12pm

A Chicago federal judge has dumped a lawsuit against Starbucks over the amount of ice in its iced drinks, saying the reasoning undergirding the class action lawsuit against the purveyor of hot and cold coffee drinks and other beverages was too far over the top.

State Supreme Court asked to block clerk fired for impersonating judge from becoming real judge

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 14, 2016, 12:03pm

Regulators of Illinois’ legal profession have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to take immediate action to block Rhonda Crawford, an attorney and fired Cook County Circuit Court law clerk, who was terminated this summer over allegations that she impersonated a judge from the bench, from being sworn in as an actual judge, should she win election in November.

Lawsuit: Uber must offer same services to people requiring motorized wheelchairs as to non-disabled

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 13, 2016, 4:25pm

An organization which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities has sued Uber, asking a federal judge to order the popular ridesharing service to provide equivalent levels of service to those with non-folding motorized wheelchairs as it does for people without such mobility disabilities.

Cook Board of Review race pits GOP incumbent vs Dem lawyer with 'odd' job deal at Lyons schools

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 12, 2016, 5:59pm

This November, voters in much of suburban Cook County will have a chance to choose who will represent them on the board responsible for reviewing taxpayer appeals of property assessment decisions used by the county to determine how much property tax should be paid by the owners of homes, businesses and other real estate in the county.

City OK to regulate Uber, Lyft differently; license doesn't entitle cabs to no competition, appeals judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 11, 2016, 5:22pm

The city of Chicago doesn’t need to burden Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services with the same costly regulations applied to cab drivers, a federal appeals court has ruled, declaring the city did not infringe cab companies’ constitutional rights by allowing the alternative transportation companies to operate and compete for passengers in the city.

Election Day voter registration cleared for IL this November; judges refuse to rush appeal

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 7, 2016, 5:05pm

Election Day voter registration will be allowed this November at all polling places in Cook County and Illinois’ other more populated counties, after a federal appeals court refused to speed up proceedings in the case, pushing briefing in the matter back to Nov. 10, two days after Election Day.

Ex-CAT dealer sales manager, facing $9M lawsuit, says former employer smeared him after he quit

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 6, 2016, 4:50pm

A former sales manager for a DuPage County dealer of Caterpillar heavy equipment has fired back against his former employer’s legal claims he manipulated sales promotions for his own benefit, and has filed his own lawsuit against the owner of Patten Industries, claiming his ex-boss followed through on threats to treat his departure to another company as “a bad divorce” by launching a smear campaign to ruin him professionally.

Jury awards $1M to doctor who alleged Advocate fired him for trying to out a 'sex predator' coworker

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 5, 2016, 11:43pm

A Cook County jury has awarded $1 million to a doctor who alleged Advocate Health had fired him from his post at Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center in retaliation for his attempt to out a superior he accused of being a “sexual predator” towards resident doctors at the hospital.

7th Circuit appeals judges lift injunction blocking Illinois Election Day voter registration program

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 5:53pm

Saying the law imposes only a “minimal inconvenience" on voters living in low population counties who wish to register to vote on Election Day when compared to the benefits of expanding voting opportunities in counties with more people, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s block of a state law allowing Election Day voter registration at polling places in Cook County and other Illinois counties in which more than 100,000 people liv

Cruise line, others agree to pay up to $76M to end lawsuit over telemarketing cloaked as surveys

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 3:53pm

A cruise line and other companies accused of allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys have agreed to settle a federal class action lawsuit against them, agreeing to pay potentially as much as $76 million – including potentially as much as $24 million to plaintiffs’attorneys - to end the litigation before it went to trial.

Judge: Chicago affordable housing rules constitutional; developers' rights not violated, can't sue City Hall

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 3, 2016, 6:45pm

The city of Chicago has the constitutional authority to require developers of new condo and apartment buildings to designate a portion of the project as “affordable housing,” a federal judge has said - and developers should enter into a new project understanding the rule could apply to them, despite efforts to avoid it.

Chicago can't collect real estate transfer tax from buyers of homes sold by Fannie, Freddie, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:53pm

The city of Chicago should not be allowed to sidestep laws barring cities from collecting taxes on real estate sold by federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by simply passing on the tax bills to those buying the properties from Fannie and Freddie, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge dismisses 'fair share' fee suit vs state worker unions; SCOTUS deadlock means precedent stands

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:52pm

In the wake of a deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court, letting stand a federal appeals court’s ruling that public unions can compel workers not represented by unions to pay so-called “fair share” fees in lieu of union dues, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by several Illinois state workers, similarly challenging the union’s payroll deductions.

Illinois Supreme Court disbars 13 attorneys, suspends 16 others, in September

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 12:14am

An Oak Brook lawyer convicted of bank fraud for allegedly providing legal cover to help a South Side real estate seller offload property onto buyers “who could not legitimately qualify for mortgage loans” and to help a South Loop condo developer sell unsold units to straw buyers, was among 13 attorneys disbarred in September by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state high court also suspended 16 other attorneys for a range of rules violations, as part of the  most recent round of lawyer disciplina

Shareholders suing Navistar say $9M settlement best way to end suit over low-emissions engine claims

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 29, 2016, 5:38pm

Lisle-based truck maker Navistar has moved nearer the end of the road in a legal fight over whether it had misled investors about its chances to build a new truck engine both in line with federal emissions requirements and superior to those made by competitors, as a group of shareholders have asked a federal judge to sign off on a $9.1 million settlement deal.

Retailers can't use credit checks to turn down sales associate job applicants, panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 28, 2016, 6:11pm

Simply because a sales associate or cashier may handle credit applications doesn’t mean a retail employer should be allowed to deny jobs to applicants with poor credit history, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Judge slaps down Illinois Election Day voter registration system, saying it dilutes rural citizens' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 27, 2016, 12:41pm

A federal judge has prohibited Illinois’ most populated counties from continuing to register voters at polling places on Election Day, saying the way the system is currently set up in the state violates the rights of people voting in Illinois’ more rural regions.