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FDIC: Chicago law firm should refund $25K retainer payment it received from failed bank

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 9, 2014, 12:59pm


Mississippi patent infringement battle over video gambling machines makes its way to Chicago

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 6, 2014, 1:14pm

A Chicago-based maker of casino video gambling machines has secured the chance to fend off a patent infringement lawsuit a little closer to home while some of the country’s most prominent casino operators await their turn to mount a defense pending resolution of the case brought by a manufacturer of gaming machine components.On May 28, at the direction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,

Suit seeking $200K from Illinois Highway Authority over girl's sledding incident spurs insurance dispute

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 5, 2014, 1:27pm

SchwartzIf two insurance companies get their way, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority will need to defend itself against a lawsuit brought by a girl whose neck was broken in 2008 while sledding on an embankment in Franklin Park.Ohio-based Scottsdale Indemnity Co. and Wisconsin-based National Casualty Co. filed a complaint for declaratory judgment May 28 in Chicago's federal court, seeking to

Judge denies class certification in racial discrimination suit over Chicago Board of Education's decision to "turn around" 10 schools

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 3, 2014, 11:37am

The Chicago Teachers Union and three black, tenured Chicago Public Schools teachers suing the city's Board of Education over allegations administrators engaged in racial discrimination by targeting schools staffed predominantly by black teachers for reorganization purposes will not be allowed to turn their suit into a class action.

Panel revives man's lawsuit against Wheaton College, others over alleged disclosure of student file; affirms dismissal of count claiming interference with business relationship with former U.S. House Speaker

Jonathan Bilyk May 29, 2014, 8:00am

A Burr Ridge man will be able to resume his legal action against Wheaton College and others after an appellate court determined the lower court had erred in throwing out his case accusing the school’s president, acting at the behest of others involved in a child custody battle, of releasing portions of his confidential student record that allegedly cost him a business relationship with former U.S.

Wrongfully convicted man lodges federal suit against city, county; alleges pattern of coercing confessions, burying information in "street files"

Jonathan Bilyk May 27, 2014, 10:30am


Defendant in zoning fight over Bucktown halfway house removes suit to federal court; claims Fair Housing Act is central issue

Jonathan Bilyk May 23, 2014, 10:56am

A federal judge has been asked to decide whether a company that rents rooms to recovering substance abusers has improperly located a group home leased from a former gubernatorial candidate within a Chicago residential neighborhood.

Servers' class action over pooled tip system at Tavern at the Park settled for $500K; attorneys collect $160K

Jonathan Bilyk May 15, 2014, 11:15am

The owners of a popular downtown Chicago restaurant facing a class action suit brought against them by former servers, who claim management improperly pooled and distributed their tips to other workers in violation of state and federal law, have settled the case.

Appeals panel lets former police officer's whistleblower suit against Rockford Park District move forward

Jonathan Bilyk May 12, 2014, 3:27pm

A former Rockford Park District police officer who claims he was fired in retaliation for unearthing corruption that led to a command shakeup and the suspension of a sergeant accused of turning in bogus timesheets will be allowed to proceed with his lawsuit.

Advocacy groups accuse Ryan Companies of developing Illinois, Iowa senior living complexes in violation of Fair Housing Act

Jonathan Bilyk May 8, 2014, 2:42pm

A trio of organizations advocating for housing for those with disabilities has filed a lawsuit against the Ryan Companies, a national developer of commercial and multi-family residential properties, and its business partners, claiming they have failed to comply with the federal Fair Housing Act.

Man released after serving 11 years for alleged Daley Center rape files suit over prosecution, imprisonment

Jonathan Bilyk May 6, 2014, 4:08pm

A Chicago man convicted of raping a clerk at the Daley Center in 2002 is suing the City of Chicago, Cook County, his accuser, and several police officers and prosecutors who worked to put him behind bars for 11 years on a charge that was dropped more than a decade later.

7th Circuit affirms dismissal of constitutional challenge to election law lodged by unsuccessful Chicago mayoral candidates

Jonathan Bilyk May 2, 2014, 10:34am


Suit dismissed vs construction company accused of using minority-owned businesses to obtain city contracts

Jonathan Bilyk May 1, 2014, 9:55am

A federal judge has dismissed a RICO action brought against the owner of a Burr Ridge-based construction company accused of fraudulently inflating how much it was paying minority subcontractors in order to win contracts for the Chicago Park District.

Retired attorney's suit over nearly $1M in unpaid sick, vacation time spurs insurance dispute

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 30, 2014, 10:58am

A Chicago-based personal injury firm facing a lawsuit from one of its former attorneys over almost $1 million worth of unpaid sick and vacation time may need to fend off the claim or pay any potential damages without the aid of its insurance company.

Judge denies request to dismiss suits accusing Chuhak & Tecson of violating Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 25, 2014, 8:55am

A Chicago law firm that represents condominium associations in recovering unpaid fees will need to prove in court it did not violate the legal rights of condo owners from whom it was attempting to collect from.

Panel: insurers are not relieved of duty to defend just because facts of underlying suit may potentially trigger exclusion clause

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 22, 2014, 1:21pm


ARDC panel recommends 30-month suspension in five-year-old case against Highland Park lawyer accused of sexually harassing employees

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 21, 2014, 12:40pm

A Chicago area lawyer accused of sexually harassing five former female employees, a neighbor and a stranger on the street should be suspended for 30 months, a panel of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board said earlier this month.

Seventh Circuit remands class action for determination on potential damages to resolve jursidictional fight

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 16, 2014, 12:18pm


Panel remands ongoing battle between bakeries; Mama Gramm's claims rival set up sham corporation to steal recipes

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 15, 2014, 11:13am


Panel gives CPS the thumbs up to fire two teachers based on residency rule

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 8, 2014, 3:43pm