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Federal judge sides with Fox Lake, mayor in political retaliation lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 13, 2015, 10:14am

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.

Panel lets dispute between Venezuelan plaintiff and U.K. defendant stay in Cook County

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 9, 2015, 11:23am


Walgreen executives face another shareholder suit alleging deception in earnings forecast, merger

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 8, 2015, 9:51am

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

Panel upholds curfew law in case over arrests of Occupy protesters

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 5, 2015, 9:08am

The City of Chicago did not violate the constitutional rights of Occupy protesters three years ago, when police arrested hundreds who refused an order to leave Grant Park after it closed at 11 p.m., a state appeals court ruled late last month.

County cites city's foie gras ban in seeking dismissal of postponed "puppy mill" ordinance

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 26, 2014, 9:00am

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.

Seventh Circuit upholds EPA decision that Chicago meets ozone standards

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 23, 2014, 11:09am


Judge denies request to disqualify D.C. attorney, firm from city's opioid lawsuit; drug companies seek dismissal of amended complaint

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 22, 2014, 10:28am


Federal judge vacates $9.1M judgment in FTC case for being "a grossly excessive penalty"

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 19, 2014, 11:26am

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

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 15, 2014, 10:27am

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

Seventh Circuit nixes pharmacist's fraud suit against former employer, revives wrongful termination claim

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 11, 2014, 11:29am


BP seeks $167M from Italian company over equipment failure at Whiting, Ind. refinery

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 9, 2014, 10:37am

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

Lawsuit dishes out allegations of embezzlement against chefs, investors of The Purple Pig

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 2, 2014, 2:47pm

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

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 26, 2014, 10:58am

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

Seventh Circuit says "complete defense" rule does not apply to title insurance, thinks Illinois Supreme Court is likely to agree

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 24, 2014, 11:00am


Judge sides with Northwestern in student's lawsuit stemming from alleged sexual assault

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 18, 2014, 10:33am

A Northwestern University student will not be allowed to press forward with her Title IX claim against the school, after a federal judge determined the university should not be held liable for the sexual assault and harassment the student alleges she suffered at the hands of one of her professors.

ARDC panel recommends three-year suspension for lawyer accused of having relationship with client

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2014, 12:11pm

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

Seventh Circuit OKs dismissal of rabbi's discrimination suit against Northwestern

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2014, 12:54pm


Seventh Circuit says dispute over attorneys' fees in asbestos litigation belongs in arbitration, not courts

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 6, 2014, 10:02am


Panel: Chicago aldermanic candidate's defamation suit sought to chill blogger's political speech rights

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 3, 2014, 12:45pm


Judge denies city's request to decertify class in Chicago cop's lawsuit seeking overtime pay for off-duty Blackberry use

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 29, 2014, 10:59am