Prenda Law's Steele disbarred; six other IL lawyers also disbarred, nine suspended, IL Supreme Court says
John L. Steele, a Chicago lawyer already indicted for his role in the Prenda Law shakedown scheme targeting downloaders of online porn, has been disbarred. On May 19, the Illinois Supreme Court announced its action against Steele, as well as six others who were disbarred by the court in attorney disciplinary orders handed down May 18. The court also suspended nine other attorneys and censured or reprimanded six more.
IL high court: Atty fee-splitting deals valid even if don't include verbiage declaring 'joint responsibility'
Lawyers in Illinois who benefit from clients sent their way under referral agreements with other lawyers will still need to pay the referring attorneys, even if the referral agreements don’t include language explicitly declaring the lawyers agree to share “joint financial responsibility” for the case, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared.
Ritchie Capital demands $100M from McGladrey auditing firm for aiding convicted Ponzi schemer Petters
Suburban Chicago capital investment group Ritchie Capital Management is demanding Bloomington, Minn.-based auditing firm McGladrey & Pullen, and related defendants, pay at least $100 million for the firm’s alleged role in helping to steer hundreds of millions of dollars in investments into a massive multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme with convicted businessman Thomas Petters.
The owners of the Mariano’s supermarket chain have carted to federal court a class action lawsuit brought by one of its workers, who claimed the Chicago area grocer has been improperly requiring its employees to use their fingerprints to check in and out for work, without getting the employees’ permission to store their biometric data.
Appeals panel: IL law applies to asbestos claim, though Alabama drywaller spent only 3-4 months in IL
The family of an Alabama drywall worker who died after contracting mesothelioma will be allowed to return to a jury trial in Cook County over the family’s claims the drywaller’s illness was caused by inhaling asbestos from drywall joint compound dust on job sites on which he worked for just a few months in the Chicago area in 1965.
Appeals panel: Sybaris can't shake potential liability for 2006 plane crash that claimed founder's life
Sybaris Clubs, the company that owns and operates a chain of romantic getaway resorts and hotels in and around the Chicago area, can’t yet shake a lawsuit brought by the family of a man killed in a 2006 airplane crash that also claimed the life of the company’s founder, as a state appeals court said courts have not yet determined how much business the Sybaris founder was doing on the ill-fated trip aboard the aircraft he – and not Sybaris - co-owned.
Lawyer: Zillow 'Zestimate' illegal appraisal hampering home's sale; Zillow: Only estimate, not appraisal
A lawyer in suburban Glenview who is attempting to sell her home has asked the courts to step into her dispute with real estate listing site Zillow over the site’s “Zestimate” of her home, calling the site’s approximation of her home’s value a “sloppy, computer-driven appraisal” of her home, created without her consent and in violation of state law.
Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report
In the wake of a scathing report from a court-appointed “special master” empowered to investigate political hiring abuses under former Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state officials and lawmakers, current Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked for the court’s guidance on whether those improperly hired, thanks to political connections, should now be able to use collective bargaining agreements to leverage the experience they gained in those positions to land in different positions or even move up in the state’s employment ranks.
Over the objections of the Chicago Public Schools board, a federal judge will allow the Chicago Teachers Union to pursue a class action lawsuit alleging CPS discriminated in focusing past teacher layoffs at African American teachers and staff working in schools in predominantly African American neighborhoods.
Judge dismisses CPS suit vs IL over schools funding; says demands would 'inject chaos,' not fix problem
Saying the demands sought by the Chicago Public Schools “would inject widespread chaos into the entirety of the State’s public education system,” a Cook County judge has denied the request by CPS and other plaintiffs to force the state to funnel more money into Chicago’s public education system, dismissing a lawsuit CPS said it brought to address systemic and illegal discrimination within the state of Illinois’ educational funding system.
A federal appeals court has refused to step in, for now, into the dispute over whether the city of Chicago has trampled the rights of homeowners and others wishing to share their homes with guests through Airbnb and similar platforms, denying the request to slap a hold on a city ordinance designed to regulate such short-term rental activity in Chicago.
Newly elected Cook County judge facing discipline for refusing to accept assignment to traffic court
A Cook County judge just a few months into his term in office could be subject to discipline from the state board that handles complaints about judicial misconduct after he refused to accept orders from his judicial superiors to begin his judicial career – just as most new judges - presiding in Cook County traffic court.
Wife of bankruptcy lawyer Geraci doesn't get to have special elevator access to avoid dogs, jury says
The wife of prominent Chicago area bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci has failed to persuade a jury her post-traumatic stress disorder, which she claims was triggered by a dog attack years ago, should allow her to use federal disability law to force the association that manages the Chicago condo building in which she lives to give her the right to ride alone in the building’s elevator, to avoid sharing the elevator with her neighbors’ dogs.
'Serial objector' lawyer Bandas says owed cut of $56M TCPA deal because helped trim other lawyers' fees
A Texas lawyer embroiled in a racketeering action accusing him and others of being “serial objectors” out to simply claim a chunk of others’ negotiated class action settlements has inserted himself into another massive class action deal, asking a federal judge to award him money for representing an organization whose objection to the attorney fee request in a $56 million deal to end a class action against a cruise line, phone poll operator and timeshare company, helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday.
A federal jury in Chicago has ordered pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK, finding the drugmaker should be held responsible for his death, even though it didn’t make the actual medication the lawyer had been taking for about a week before he took his life.