A federal judge has backed the mayor of Fox Lake’s contention he had the right to fire a building commissioner who strongly backed his political opponent, tossing most of the former official’s litigation against the suburban Chicago village and its mayor for wrongfully firing and retaliating against him for exercising his constitutional free speech rights.
Another investor has sued the leadership at Walgreen Co., claiming its executives and directors, acting in the run-up to the culmination of a deal to merge with Europe’s largest retail pharmacy chain, deceived shareholders and government regulators concerning a multi-billion dollar drop in earnings expectations, ultimately eviscerating a large chunk of company capital and robbing investors of large
Cook County has asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging its so-called “puppy mill” ordinance, saying the law, much like the city's controversial rule banning foie gras at restaurants in Chicago, not only fails to constitute a constitutional violation, but “falls squarely within the county’s police powers” to regulate animal welfare.
A Slovakia-based company accused by U.S. federal regulators of bilking sums potentially amounting to millions of dollars by scamming and harassing unsuspecting small and mid-sized businesses has won a chance to defend itself in Chicago's federal court against the allegations and – for now – avoid paying more than $9 million in damages.On Dec. 11, U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood vacated a $9.1 million
Walgreen Co. hit with class action by shareholder who claims company hid details about former CFO's defamation suit in merger documents
A controversy-plagued merger of American and European drug store superpowers will face another legal obstacle, this time from a class action lawsuit brought by an investor who believes Walgreen Co. did not disclose as much information to shareholders as the law requires in advance of a vote later this month on whether to complete a reorganization of the company following the planned buyout of pharmacy
BP went to court last week to demand more than $167 million in damages from an Italian company responsible for installing equipment that apparently failed, spilling superheated diesel fuel and shutting down Canadian crude processing operations at Whiting, Ind., refinery for almost two months earlier this year.On Dec. 1, Naperville-based BP Products North America Inc. filed suit in Chicago's federal
Some of the driving forces of Chicago’s culinary scene are embroiled in a legal fracas over the fate of their joint venture, The Purple Pig, after one of the founders filed a lawsuit last month that accuses his partners of embezzling revenues, manipulating records and cutting him out of management at the popular North Michigan Avenue restaurant.On Nov. 20, Scott Harris, chef and one of the founding
Insurance company says it doesn't need to cover Templeton Rye's defense of deceptive marketing, consumer fraud lawsuits
An insurance company has asked a Cook County judge to declare it has no obligation to defend the owners of a supposed “craft whiskey” brand facing accusations they deceptively marketed their whiskey as being produced in Templeton, Iowa using a recipe preferred by Al Capone, even though it had always been purchased by the barrel from an Indiana-based mass distiller of whiskey sold under a number of
A suburban lawyer accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a female client and accepting almost $200,000 in loans and investments from her should be suspended, according to a panel of the state's lawyer disciplinary agency.The Review Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (IARDC) issued a report late last month, upholding the recommendation of the ARDC Hearing