A Chicago ordinance prohibiting anyone, even protesters, from remaining overnight in Grant Park without a special city permit is constitutional, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, rejecting contentions from lawyers for left-wing protest groups that the state constitution grants broader rights to assembly than does the U.S. Constitution.
Noting the contracts they signed made their payments contingent on the availability of legally appropriated state funds, an Illinois appellate court has found a coalition of social service providers have no legal or constitutional leg to stand on to demand the state pay them without first securing the proper appropriations from the state’s legislature and governor.
Facing a class action lawsuit claiming the retailer should be made to pay for selling lumber that doesn’t measure up to its listed dimensions, Home Depot has hammered back, arguing it should not be made to answer for simply selling its products using terms common within the home improvement and construction business.
The fate of a low-income housing development in Tinley Park could yet turn on the question of whether the President of the United States must appoint someone to serve as the overseer of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division for the Justice Department to legally file housing discrimination lawsuits.
Nursing homes can sue the state on patients' behalf to force prompt processing of Medicaid claims: Judge
A federal judge has cleared the way for yet another group of lawsuits demanding the financially-troubled state of Illinois be forced to more promptly process and pay Medicaid claims, saying federal law allows Medicaid recipients and, by extension, health care agencies to sue the state for failing to abide federal law requiring the payment of Medicaid claims “with reasonable promptness.”
A Cook County judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by dozens of Bensenville homeowner against the city of Chicago for allegedly trespassing on their property rights when the city redesigned runways at O’Hare in 2013, sending a steady growing stream of air traffic over their homes daily since.
A federal judge has turned aside a discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay man against the Roman Catholic Chicago Archdiocese for firing him from his role as music director at a church in suburban Inverness after he publicly announced his wedding engagement, saying the man’s tasks in his job at the church meant he “served an integral role in the celebration of mass,” and thus anti-discrimination laws did not apply to him.
Federal judge: State can't keep skimping on Medicaid while fully funding worker pay, debt obligations
A Chicago federal judge has stopped short, so far, of ordering the state of Illinois to place a premium on paying the health insurance organizations, hospitals and others the $2 billion it is estimated the state owes under unpaid Medicaid bills. But the judge said she did not find it reasonable for the state to skimp on Medicaid payments while fully funding its monthly payroll and debt repayments.
A federal judge has shot down an attempt by a “professional class action plaintiff” chiropractic firm and their lawyers to pursue a junk fax class action worth potentially $200 million, saying the lack of honesty, at best, or sloppiness, at best, by the plaintiffs and their lawyers doomed their attempt to lead the lawsuit against a marketing company the judge noted had sent tens of thousands of junk fax ads.
Judge rejects 'totally implausible' kickbacks accusation leveled by state vs mortgage reinsurer, lenders
Calling the allegations “totally implausible,” a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the state of Illinois against Bank of America and a mortgage insurance company, which had accused the lender and insurer of working in a scheme to maximize their own profits by dumping high default risk onto another mortgage insurer, leaving borrowers unaware their mortgage insurance premiums were higher than they should be.
Chicago City Hall has asked a Cook County judge to toss a class action lawsuit which alleged the city has wrongly issued parking tickets to motorists who had actually paid to park using the ParkChicago smartphone app, as the city says the man who brought the lawsuit actually had never been made to pay an improperly issued parking ticket.
Saying plaintiffs would be hard pressed to demonstrate precisely how otherwise-protected information may have ended up on police vehicle crash reports, a Chicago federal judge has refused to allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against St. Louis-based personal injury firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, accused of purchasing traffic crash reports and using personal information from those reports to solicit business from potential clients.
A north suburban lawyer has expanded her quarrel with real estate website Zillow, agreeing to shelve her personal lawsuit over her home’s “zestimate” – an online estimate of a home value, created and published by Zillow - to pursue a class action lawsuit representing untold numbers of others whose efforts to sell their homes have been hampered by Zillow’s popular estimating feature.
A divided Illinois Supreme Court has let stand a lower court’s decision to allow lawyers to earn fees – even fees that appear overly large, compared to the amount of work being done – from real estate title companies, despite accusations that the fee-splitting arrangements amount to little more than a kickback scheme.
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.