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Gerchen Keller, Burford merge, form largest litigation finance firm, point to expansion

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 15, 2016, 4:21pm

A Chicago-based firm which has grown in the past three years to become one of the leading sources of financing in the U.S. for plaintiffs lawyers seeking to bring a variety of lawsuits in civil courts across the country has merged with its rival investment house to create the largest third-party litigation financing company in the world.

Cook County, with Madison, St. Clair counties, lands a top spot again among "Judicial Hellholes"

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 15, 2016, 1:41pm

After two years off the official list, Cook County has again landed a top spot – albeit, in combination with two other downstate Illinois counties - on an annual list recognizing some of the most litigious locales in the U.S., the world’s most lawsuit-happy country. On Dec. 15, the American Tort Reform Association ranked Cook County, together with Madison and St. Clair counties, at No. 6 in its top U.S. “Judicial Hellholes.”

City Hall delays Airbnb rules til Feb. 28 amid lawsuit over home-sharing ordinance

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 14, 2016, 4:36pm

As lawyers for both sides prepare to face off in federal court over a request by a group of Airbnb hosts to block Chicago City Hall’s new home-sharing rules from taking effect, the city has agreed to put off enforcement of the rules until the end of February.

Stem cell products maker demands ex-patent lawyer pay $3M for 'incompetence'

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 13, 2016, 4:26pm

A Skokie-based maker of products to enhance stem-cell therapies has sued its former patent lawyers for $3 million, alleging their “incompetence” over the past two years cost them the chance to secure patents on certain stem cell therapy innovations and market the associated products.

Class action: ComEd, Nicor improperly adding interest, fees to medical hardship repayment plans

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 13, 2016, 1:14pm

A new class action lawsuit has charged two of the Chicago area’s largest utility companies with improperly adding finance charges and late fees to so-called “medical payment arrangements” – or special electric and natural gas bill repayment plans required by the state, should utility customers suffer significant health problems interfering with their ability to pay their bills on time.

Write-in judge candidate OK to log votes, but no winner yet vs law clerk accused of impersonating judge

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 12, 2016, 8:07pm

An Illinois appeals panel has backed up a Cook County judge in declaring the law should be interpreted to allow a write-in candidate who is seeking to win a judicial seat against a former law clerk accused of impersonating a judge to receive votes cast for her on Election Day. However, neither the appellate justices nor a Cook County judge have yet declared the write-in candidate the winner of the Nov. 8 election, saying the answer to that question should come from the Illinois Supreme Court.

Class action says telemarketers working for banks secretly recorded phone calls with small biz owners

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 12, 2016, 5:03pm

A Salt Lake City-based telemarketing business which uses a Naperville call center to solicit retailers and other merchants to persuade them to hire certain banks to process their debit and credit transactions has been hit with a class action lawsuit from small business owners who allege they and a company whose marketing operations they purchased last year, “surreptitiously recorded” phone conversations in which the business owners divulged financials and other “sensitive” information.

L.A. Tan settles fingerprint scan privacy class action for $1.5M; attorneys get $600K

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 9, 2016, 3:33pm

A woman who brought two class action lawsuits against L.A. Tan and some of its local franchisees over how they handle customers’ fingerprint scans has settled one of the lawsuits, as L.A. Tan has agreed to pay $1.5 million - including $600,000 to the attorneys who filed the class action.

Maneuver in receipt privacy class action earns AllSaints $58K sanction from federal judge

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 8, 2016, 4:53pm

The U.S. wing of a British high-end retail clothier has failed in a gambit to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging it broke federal law by printing too many credit card digits on its customers’ receipts – and has been stuck with a bill for $58,000 for its opponents’ legal costs, as the federal judge sent the case back to Cook County court for further proceedings.

Barrington plastic surgeon brings false advertising class action vs makers of UltraShape system

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 7, 2016, 7:29pm

A Barrington plastic surgeon has filed a class action lawsuit against the makers of the Ultrashape Power device, which purportedly “uses pulsed, highly focused ultrasound energy to target and permanently destroy unwanted fat cells,” accusing the company of falsely promising the system would help patients quickly lose dress sizes and centimeters from their circumference.

Lawsuit: Deerfield temp firm favored Hispanics over blacks; lawyers brought similar suit in October

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 7, 2016, 7:12pm

A discrimination suit against a nationwide temp staffing agency marks the second such complaint launched by a Chicago plaintiffs’ employment law firm in recent weeks alleging staffing companies have discriminated against African-American workers in favor of Hispanic laborers.

7th Circuit nixes Calumet term limits challenge, but says IL referendum limits may be unconstitutional

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 6, 2016, 11:09pm

A panel of federal appeals judges in Chicago has hinted Illinois’ so-called “Rule of Three” - which limits to three the number of referendums voters in a single municipality can decide in a single election, in a bid to reduce "clutter" on the ballot – may not pass constitutional muster, noting it can invite political gamesmanship on the part of powerful municipal officials who can use their power to crowd out citizen-initiated reform measures.

Edelson says Bandas, others, conspiring to 'serially object' to class action settlements, extort payoffs

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 5, 2016, 8:51pm

A prominent Chicago class action law firm and prolific filer of class action lawsuits against a diverse array of businesses has aimed its latest class action lawsuit against a Texas law firm and other alleged co-conspirators it accuses of engaging in a pattern of racketeering and extortion as “professional objectors,” who use the law to extract payoffs, often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, in exchange for withdrawing objections holding up the completion of class action settlement paymen

Judge declares difference between food trucks, restaurants, upholds Chicago food truck rules

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 5, 2016, 1:17pm

A Cook County judge has kicked to the curb a lawsuit from food truck owners challenging the constitutional authority of the city of Chicago to impose regulations dictating where they can park and how long they can stay in one spot, and requiring them to allow the city to monitor by GPS where they are when they are open for business.

Alzheimer's diagnosis renders Cook Co. judge accused of letting ex-clerk hear cases unfit, report says

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 2, 2016, 3:21pm

A Cook County judge accused of urging and allowing a now-fired law clerk to preside over cases from the bench as if she were a judge has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and is no longer fit to continue as a judge, a state judicial discipline board has reported.

Palos developer's heirs accused of 'judge shopping' in quest to force ex-lawyer to pay $3M for miscues

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 1, 2016, 9:55pm

A Chicago law firm accused of costing some of the adult children of a prominent Palos Park developer more than $3 million in a years-long legal dispute with their siblings over their father’s estate has asked a judge not to let the accusers simply retreat from the legal action, saying the plaintiffs engaged in “judge shopping in its most brazen form” in trying to sidestep the law firm’s motion to bring the matter to a close for good.

IL Supreme Court: Berrios can't block county Inspector General's investigation at Assessor's office

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 1, 2016, 12:27pm

The state’s highest court has declared Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios must comply with subpoenas issued by the county’s Inspector General, saying a Cook County ordinance empowering the Inspector General to “detect, deter and prevent corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, unlawful political discrimination or misconduct in the operation of County government” can be constitutionally applied to investigations of potential misconduct in the offices of elected county officials, like Berrios.

PNC settles asst. bank managers' unpaid OT claims class action for $6M; $2M to plaintiffs' attorneys

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 30, 2016, 5:01pm

A little over a year since a group of several hundred assistant bank branch managers sued PNC Bank for allegedly denying them overtime pay, a federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a deal to end the litigation for $6 million, which would send around $2,000 on average to each of the allegedly wronged assistant managers and $2 million to the attorneys who brought the case.

Chicago lawyer says neighbors using alderman to block his home project, demands alderman's emails

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 29, 2016, 2:11pm

A Chicago lawyer has taken to court his dispute with his neighbors and a Chicago alderman over his Wicker Park home construction project, asking a Cook County judge to order the city of Chicago and Alderman Joe Moreno to turn over all emails, text messages and other communications which may show whether friends of Moreno – the lawyer’s neighbors – had used the alderman to block him from installing a heated sidewalk at his house.

Judge rejects bid by airline support company Air Serv to block Tuesday O'Hare strike

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 28, 2016, 1:41pm

With just hours to go before unionized airline support workers take to the picket lines for a scheduled strike at O’Hare International Airport, a Chicago federal judge has denied an attempt by one of the employers targeted by the work stoppage to bar its employees from participating in what it calls an illegal strike action.