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Bosnian Muslim congregation can take to trial lawsuit over zoning denial for Des Plaines mosque

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 27, 2017, 8:21pm

Saying he believed the evidence could suggest the city of Des Plaines discriminated against a local Islamic congregation when it denied their request for a permit to build a new community center in one of the city’s business districts, a federal judge has decided to let the congregation and the city take their legal fight to trial.

Bow Truss workers sue troubled coffeehouse chain over unpaid wages, 'unlawful deductions'

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 27, 2017, 4:22pm

A group of workers whose walkout over unpaid wages all but shut down a troubled Chicago coffeehouse chain for weeks, has sued the owners of the coffeehouses, alleging the employers mismanaged finances, leading them to bounce paychecks, make “unlawful deductions” from workers’ pay for benefits the workers did not receive and to not pay the workers overtime.

Appeals panel: Cook Sheriff must bargain with union on rules governing association with gang members

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 24, 2017, 8:38pm

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office can unilaterally impose rules on employees' social media activity, but can’t do so without first consulting the union when forbidding sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers from associating with gang members, a state appeals court has ruled.

Judge: Comcast 'refusal to deal' on local TV ad sales not 'anticompetitive'; Viamedia to continue suit

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 23, 2017, 5:14pm

Comcast has not violated federal anti-monopoly law by refusing to allow the competitor of one of its subsidiary companies to act as a middleman on the sale of local cable advertising, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge: Feds can keep lock on online credit report biz over Craigslist rental ads fraud charges

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 22, 2017, 6:36pm

A federal judge in Chicago has decided to allow federal regulators to continue to lock down an online company accused of working with others who listed fake rental properties on Craigslist to dupe customers into signing up for a credit monitoring service.

Judge: Man can sue McDonald's for not allowing legally blind to order late night food at drive-thru on foot

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 21, 2017, 5:53pm

A blind man has been cleared to pull forward with a class action vs McDonald’s, alleging the world’s leading purveyor of fast food discriminates against those with visual disabilities and others who cannot drive by leaving only their drive-thru lanes open for service late at night, and declining to serve anyone who is not in a car.

New Trier H.S. board clears school to 'proceed' with racism seminar; 700+ pack meeting

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 21, 2017, 12:03am

After an at-times raucous meeting that stretched well into the night before a crowd hundreds of parents, students, teachers, community members and others, the New Trier High School Board of Education has endorsed the high school administration’s plans to proceed with an all-day student seminar on civil rights criticized by many as political indoctrination.

$9.3M deal to end Rustoleum deck products action; attorneys asking $3.1M, homeowners could get hundreds

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 17, 2017, 6:41pm

Attorneys for a class of potentially tens of thousands of homeowners and others whose wooden decks and patios were allegedly damaged by Rustoleum’s “Restore” products have asked a federal judge to grant final approval to a $9.3 million settlement with the company – a deal which could generate payments of potentially hundreds of dollars for some homeowners and more than $3.1 million for the attorneys who pressed the lawsuit.

Woman says ABC7, reporter, smeared her in stories about disputes over allegedly unpaid wedding bills

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 16, 2017, 12:15pm

A woman embroiled in legal disputes with wedding vendors who accused her of not paying her bills, has now sued a Chicago TV station and television reporter, alleging the station defamed her by publishing and airing “false and misleading stories” which allegedly implied she was a criminal.

Lawsuits: IL 'zero emissions credit' system unconstitutionally rigs electricity market for Exelon

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 14, 2017, 6:59pm

Two months since Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed off on a bailout bill they said was needed to ensure the viability of two Exelon nuclear electricity plants, two lawsuits filed in federal court have challenged the constitutionality of the legislation, alleging the law effectively rigs in Exelon’s favor wholesale electricity generation and supply markets, resulting in a a windfall for Exelon over the next 10 years, paid for by Illinois businesses and households.

Judge rejects ex-Gov. Quinn's lawsuit challenging power of Chicago mayor to appoint school board

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 14, 2017, 12:47pm

Saying nothing in federal law entitles Chicago residents to a right to an elected school board, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of plaintiffs, including parents of Chicago Public Schools students and former Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, who had asked the court to side with their contentions that a state law granting the mayor of Chicago the power to appoint members of the Chicago Board of Education was discriminatory and violated their voting rights.

City Hall violates code by forcing snubbed minority subs into quick arbitration, class action says

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 10, 2017, 11:19pm

A Chicago-based, minority-owned petroleum and equipment supplier has spearheaded a class action against the city of Chicago, accusing City Hall of improperly applying rules that force minority-owned subcontractors into arbitration over contract disputes, effectively blocking them from suing general contractors who may have failed to sufficiently utilize the minority-owned subcontractors, as required by city ordinance.

Judge caps off class action accusing Walgreens of wrongly collecting Chicago's 5 cent bottled water tax

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 10, 2017, 3:33pm

A Cook County judge has put a lid on a class action lawsuit against Walgreens brought by a man who claimed the drug store chain wrongly charged him and others a 5 cent city of Chicago sales tax on bottled drinks, which should have applied only to bottled water.

New Trier racism seminar may promote political views, but legal options to stop it may be limited

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 9, 2017, 6:08pm

New Trier High School's plans to host an all-day, mandatory student seminar on systemic racism in America has generated a flood of opposition from parents and others concerned the school is promoting a political viewpoint. However, the legal options open to those concerned parents may be limited, say lawyers specializing in constitutional and school law.

Chicago State says insurer committed fraud by denying coverage for $4.2M verdict in whistleblower case

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 8, 2017, 4:40pm

Chicago State University has sued an insurance company, saying a court should force the insurer to help the school pay more than $4.2 million to satisfy a judgment resulting from a lawsuit brought by a former who claimed the university had wrongly fired him for exposing an attempt by the university's former president to improperly collect a pension.

Urlacher sues Florida hair doctor for baldly using his name to hawk transplants

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 7, 2017, 7:02pm

Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher – a player whose exceptional, bruising play on the field was accentuated by his clean shaven head – has rushed to sack a Florida medical practice the middle linebacker said has wrongly profited from baldly using Urlacher’s name and hair regrowth success to market his services.

Whitepages latest people search site hit by class action alleging wrongly uses people's names for ads

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 6, 2017, 4:49pm

Yet another online people search website has been targeted for allegedly breaking an Illinois privacy law, as a new class action alleges WhitePages.com also wrongly uses a web search advertising technique to use people’s names to market their search reports.

Judge: Calif. woman's class action can continue vs debt collector Harris & Harris over cell calls

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 3, 2017, 5:58pm

A Cook County judge has cleared a California woman to continue her class action lawsuit against a Chicago-based debt collector who she accused of breaking federal law in using so-called “skip tracing” to call her on her mobile phone to collect unpaid traffic tickets.

Class action: ParkChicago app users owed money by city, vendors for bogus parking tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 3, 2017, 4:18pm

The city of Chicago and the vendor to which the city paid $1.2 billion to install and run Chicago’s street parking meter system have been hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging the vendor and the city should be made to pay up for parking tickets wrongly issued to motorists who were actually legally parked after paying for their parking using the ParkChicago smartphone app.

Class action says texting 'Y' not enough, AMC needed to get written consent before texting customers

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 2, 2017, 5:51pm

Cinema chain AMC has been hit with a class lawsuit claiming the theater company wrongly added people to marketing lists to send them text messages promoting upcoming movies and encouraging other purchases.