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Judge: Museum standards mean Museum of Science & Industry owes Breedlove duty for historic car

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 6, 2017, 8:55pm

A legendary driver and former holder of world land speed records has won the chance to hit the gas on his lawsuit against Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry over the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the Spirit of America, a historic car in which he broke the land speed record, and which he loaned to the museum five decades ago.

Chicago State pays ex-finance officer $1.3M to end whistleblower lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 6, 2017, 4:17pm

A former financial officer at Chicago State University has secured a $1.3 million settlement from the university, ending his litigation against the school over his claims he had been fired in retaliation for exposing misdeeds by the university’s administration, including former university president Wayne Watson.

Judge: Pro-life activists can sue Chicago for unequal enforcement of abortion clinic 'bubble zone' rules

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 5, 2017, 5:29pm

While declining to strike down the rules as unconstitutional, a federal judge will allow a group of pro-life activists to press ahead with a challenge asserting the city of Chicago has unfairly and improperly enforced its ordinance creating a “bubble zone” around abortion clinics in which activists are forbidden from interacting with women entering the clinics.

P.I.'s $25M defamation countersuit tossed in Alstory Simon, Northwestern U. false murder charges case

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 4, 2017, 5:17pm

Saying the cases are only “technically related" and would bog each other down, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a $25 millioncountersuit for defamation brought against the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, a documentary filmmaker and other defendants, by a private investigator, who is one of the defendants facing a $40 million malicious prosecution lawsuit from a man, cleared of double murder charges, who claims the P.I. and a Northwestern University journalism professor coerced him into

Judge OKs suit vs After School app makers over texts; plaintiff wants decision applied vs Down To Lunch

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 3, 2017, 6:57pm

A Chicago federal judge will allow a potential class action lawsuit to proceed against the makers of smartphone app “After School,” saying the app’s use of allegedly unauthorized invitational text messages to grow its user base could violate federal law. And this decision could have implications for another class action lawsuit against the makers of another app.

Disease linked to firefighting not 'catastrophic injury' allowing free health insurance: IL Supreme Court

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 30, 2016, 1:11pm

A Rockford firefighter who officials determined contracted cardiomyopathy through his decades of service at the city’s fire department cannot also assert the disease should be considered a “catastrophic injury” entitling him and his wife to free health insurance under a “line-of-duty” pension, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

Chicago pet store owners' defamation lawsuit tossed vs puppy mill activist; judge says 'no malice'

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 29, 2016, 3:22pm

The owners of two Chicago pet stores who failed to overturn a Chicago ordinance prohibiting the sale of pets from so-called “puppy mills” have also fallen short in their lawsuit against a non-profit organization that helped spearhead passage of that ordinances, in which they had claimed the president of the Chicago-based Puppy Mill Project had harmed their businesses by associating their businesses with animal cruelty.

Woman adds second class action vs McDonald's over Extra Value Meal pricing

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 29, 2016, 12:12am

A woman who claimed she overpaid for her sausage burrito meal at a McDonald’s restaurant in The Loop has become the second plaintiff asking Cook County courts to make McDonald’s and a local McDonald’s franchisee pay for charging a few cents more the meal as a bundled “Extra Value Meal,” rather than a la carte.

Judge: Chicago Elections Board must pay share of local GOP's costs for fight over commiteeman rules

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

A federal judge has ordered the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and an ousted Chicago Republican Party committeeman to pay the local GOP’s attorney fees and costs for a court fight that followed the Chicago Elections Board’s attempt to force the local Republican Party to seat committemen, even if those committeemen had voted in previous years in Democratic primaries, in violation of the local party’s rules.

Roti Restaurants accused in class action of printing too many card number digits on receipts

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 22, 2016, 4:18pm

Roti Restaurants, a Chicago-based chain specializing in fast, fresh Mediterranean-style food, has been served with a class action lawsuit, alleging the chain prints too many digits from its customers’ credit and debit cards on receipts.

Class action: Uber owes for double charging drivers to use its Instant Pay feature to get paid

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 22, 2016, 3:52pm

An Uber driver has dropped off a class action lawsuit against the ride-sharing giant, alleging Uber has taken double in fees what they said they would from drivers who use a new instant payment option to cash out the money they earn from the rides they provide.

Judge: SEIU can keep $20M in unconstitutional fees from daycares because it relied on IL law, precedent

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 21, 2016, 11:38am

Illinois home-based child care providers who refused to join a union designated by the state of Illinois to represent them, yet were compelled by the state for years to pay so-called “fair share” fees to that union to negotiate on their behalf, should not be able to force the union to pay them their money back, even after the state government and union agreed the law that forced them to pay the fair share fees should be considered unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge: Federal law blocks IL law complaint vs Liberty Mutual over excessive flood insurance premiums

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 21, 2016, 11:30am

Liberty Mutual will no longer have to defend itself in a class action after a federal judge in Chicago granted its motion to dismiss the complaint, which accused the insurer of overcharging many customers for flood insurance.

Lawsuit: Ex-lawyers misled property buyer into relinquishing $1.2M judgment, paying $615K too much

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 20, 2016, 7:25pm

A Roselle man has filed suit against his former lawyers, demanding they pay him more than $1.2 million for allegedly misleading him into relinquishing his claim to a $1.2 million judgment in a settlement with a Chicago real estate developer.

Ameristar Casino, patrons OK to pursue lawsuit accusing union of targeting, harassing customers

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 20, 2016, 6:51pm

A federal judge has cleared an East Chicago casino and a group of its customers to proceed with a lawsuit against a union, saying the union’s actions to escalate its long running labor feud with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and visits to their homes and businesses, could be considered illegal harassment going beyond mere “handbilling” and other forms of permissible persuasive speech.

Prenda lawyers Steele, Hansmeier indicted over work to 'extort' $6M from porn downloaders

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 19, 2016, 1:59pm

A Chicago lawyer, already accused by Illinois legal regulators of running a “shakedown” scheme, and his former partner have been criminally charged for their work, purportedly on behalf of businesses holding the rights to pornographic videos, to collect millions of dollars in settlements from people across the country they accused of illegally downloading the porn content.

Class action: Des Plaines McDonald's franchisee charges 41 cents too much for cheeseburger meals

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2016, 7:50pm

A Des Plaines man has brought a consumer fraud class action against a suburban Chicago McDonald’s franchisee, alleging the restaurant group should be made to payfor allegedly false advertising on its menu, as the group’s pricing of its two cheeseburger “Extra Value Meal” causes customers to pay 41 cents more than they would if they just ordered their two burgers, fries and drink separately.

Brunswick sues McNabola, clerk, alleges wrongful use of jury note cost them, trampled legal rights

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2016, 7:15pm

Chicago lawyer Mark McNabola, already being sued by his ex-client - a man left paralyzed from a 2009 boating accident who claims the attorney’s use of jury note, improperly shared by a court clerk, cost him a $25 million settlement - has been hit with another lawsuit, this time from the yacht maker they had sued and who now allege the lawyer should also be made to pay for using the jury note to cost them a verdict from a jury poised to hand the company a courtroom win. The suit also names Cook C

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.”