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Workers accuse Ferrara of not paying them for work at start of shift, breaking OT laws

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 17, 2016, 12:34pm

Chicago area candymaker Ferrara has been hit with a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of perhaps hundreds of current and former workers at its suburban candy plants, accusing the company of failing to pay its workers for the time they spent getting ready for their shifts each day at the plant, effectively meaning the company has failed to pay overtime as required by federal and state wage laws.

Write-in judicial candidate: Votes for ex-law clerk suspended for impersonating judge shouldn't count

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 16, 2016, 10:30pm

An appointed Cook County judge, running as a write-in candidate for an elected judicial seat on one of the county’s judicial subcircuits, has asked a Cook County judge to toss out the more than 85,000 votes received by her opponent for the judgeship, Democratic Party nominee Rhonda Crawford, a former law clerk whose law license was suspended by the Illinois Supreme Court shortly before Election Day amid accusations she impersonated a judge from the bench.

Heritage nursing homes lawsuit says state of IL not processing patients' Medicaid apps, paying claims

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 15, 2016, 5:38pm

A group of Illinois nursing homes has asked a federal judge to order the Illinois state government to pay them for services rendered to patients receiving assistance under Medicaid, saying the state has failed to live up to its obligations under federal law to promptly process patient Medicaid applications for a number of their nursing home residents or pay their claims.

Server class action says Lawry's Prime Rib owes workers pay for time spent studying for duty tests

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2016, 6:12pm

A server at the Chicago version of a popular chain of upscale steakhouses has brought a class action lawsuit against her employer, saying the company owes money under federal and state law to her and others who wait tables at the restaurant for compelling them to study for written tests about the restaurant, its menu and their duties while off the clock, without pay.

New city red light, speed camera ordinance 'illegal' try at re-collecting voided tickets, class action says

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 11, 2016, 2:35pm

Saying the new ordinance marks nothing more than an illegal attempt by Chicago City Hall to collect fines and fees on old traffic tickets already voided by a judge, a group of plaintiffs who earlier secured the key court victories in their quest to collect refunds for potentially more than 1 million tickets issued under the city’s red light and speed camera programs have returned to Cook County court, asking a judge to declare the new ordinance unconstitutional.

Ex-Broadview village president candidate can sue ex-clerk for 'destroying' candidacy, appeals panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2016, 5:17pm

A former candidate for the office of village president in suburban Broadview will have a chance again to press her claims that the village’s clerk violated the candidate’s rights by actively opposing her candidacy, allegedly using her office’s resources to help challenge the candidate’s nominating petitions and using the village’s Reverse 911 phone system to tell village residents any votes for the candidate would not count.

Cook Co. voters formally elect 33 judges, including ex-law clerk accused of impersonating judge

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2016, 12:00am

Cook County voters have formally selected permanent replacements for 11 departed circuit court judges and 22 judges assigned to Cook County’s judicial subcircuits - including an ex-law clerk accused of impersonating a judge - casting ballots in judicial elections in early voting and on Election Day, Nov. 8.

Crestwood, Harvey, Calumet OK term limits; Broadview votes under wraps til IL Supreme Court can rule

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 9, 2016, 5:43pm

The question of whether voters wish to restrict the number of terms some of their elected officials can remain in office received resounding support in the village of Crestwood and the cities of Harvey and Calumet City. And in the village of Broadview, the results of the vote won’t be known until and unless the Illinois Supreme Court weighs in on whether the referendum question passed legal muster.

Patlak wins new four-year term as 'sole Republican' on Cook County Board of Review

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 9, 2016, 11:20am

An incumbent member of the board responsible for reviewing taxpayer appeals of property tax assessments, who billed himself as the sole Republican in Cook County’s property tax determination and appeals process, has secured another four years on that board. On Tuesday, voters reelected Dan Patlak, of Wheeling, to the First District seat on the Cook County Board of Review.

IL A/G sues VW, says must pay for emissions 'defeat devices' on diesel cars

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2016, 6:31pm

Illinois’ attorney general has become the latest official to take automaker Volkswagen to court over the installation of devices designed to deceive government emissions tests, filing suit in Chicago to demand Volkswagen pay for the deception, which regulators said allowed vehicles to emit more pollution than allowed by law.

Family of woman killed in hit-and-run sues man let off of drug charges in 2013 over cops' alleged lies

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2016, 5:38pm

The family of a Chicago woman killed in an August Morton Grove car crash have brought a wrongful death action against the other driver, a Glenview man who has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence, and who three years earlier had been let off by a judge on drug charges amid allegations of perjury by the arresting officers.

Judge OKs class action vs Chicago over alleged missteps in issuing red light, speed camera tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 7, 2016, 8:40am

Anyone who received a red light or speeding camera ticket from the city of Chicago before May 2015 could be added to a class action lawsuit demanding the city void many red light and speed camera tickets because City Hall allegedly broke its own rules in the way it notified the people who had been ticketed.

Airbnb hosts: City home-sharing regulations unconstitutional, trample property rights

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 5, 2016, 1:43am

Saying the city’s new regulations on online home-sharing services subject Chicago homeowners to a “literally incomprehensible” and “dizzying” array of rules - with egregious potential penalties for breaking those rules – a group claiming to represent a number of Chicago property owners who list their properties on Airbnb and similar home-sharing sites has sued Chicago City Hall, calling on a federal judge to declare the city’s new ordinance unconstitutional.

Man paralyzed in boating accident says ex-lawyers owe $25M for wrongly obtaining jury note at trial

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 3, 2016, 4:50pm

A New Lenox man paralyzed in a boating accident in 2009 has sued his former lawyers and a Cook County Circuit Court clerk, saying he is owed $25 million after a judge, upon learning the court clerk had improperly passed jury information to one of the lawyers, tossed a settlement agreement the man had reached with the maker of the yacht on which he was injured.

One of Motor Werks' three owners asks court to order dealerships to be sold to satisfy deal

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 2, 2016, 3:40pm

One of the owners of the Motor Werks Auto Group has parked an internal power struggle with his business partners in Cook County court, asking a judge to place the northwest suburban collection of luxury car dealerships into receivership to force the other two owners, including Motor Werks’ founder, to sell the dealerships and split the proceeds according to the terms of a purported deal struck a decade ago.

IL Supreme Court bars ex-Cook law clerk accused of impersonating judge from becoming real judge

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 1, 2016, 11:14am

The Illinois Supreme Court will not allow a law clerk accused of impersonating a judge and presiding over cases in a Cook County courtroom to take the judicial oath of office, should she win election to the bench in the Cook County Circuit Court this month, pending the outcome of a state disciplinary investigation into her alleged misconduct.

Seventh Circuit blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger, says new hospital system could raise prices

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 31, 2016, 1:30pm

A federal appeals court has put a proposed merger of Advocate and NorthShore University health systems back on hold, saying a federal judge who earlier this summer had denied government regulators’ requests for an injunction had not properly considered how large and influential the proposed new health system could be on raising health care prices in the region the new system would serve.

Hotwire,, other online travel sites to pay Lombard $459K to settle hotel taxes lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 25, 2016, 1:04pm

The village of Lombard will reap a $459,000 payday from the operators of six of the biggest online travel websites – the only Illinois municipality allowed to do so - after a federal judge signed off on a deal to end a years-long court fight over claims the travel sites had stiffed Lombard and other suburban Chicago communities of hotel taxes.

Chicago wrong place for union lawyer's libel suit over right-to-work group's Indiana high court article

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2016, 5:46pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a union lawyer’s defamation lawsuit against a leading anti-union advocacy organization, saying the facts of the case – which centers on the veracity of the lawyer’s statements to the Indiana Supreme Court during a court fight over the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Work law  - indicate the defamation suit should not have been filed in Illinois.

$30M deal to end massive price-fixing class action vs steelmakers; all settlements now total $194M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 19, 2016, 5:18pm

A group of about 5,500 manufacturers, metal fabricators and others who bought steel from eight American steelmakers about a decade ago have announced a $30 million deal with three of those mill operators – a settlement the parties intend would cap off a massive antitrust class action lawsuit accusing the steelmakers of manipulating supply to boost prices for their steel products.