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Rush orders up $18M+ fraud lawsuit vs vendor that installed allegedly defective patient monitoring system

Scott Holland Aug. 21, 2017, 5:25pm

Rush University Medical System said it spent four years installing an $18 million patient monitoring system that doesn’t work and is taking the issue to federal court, accusing the system’s developer of fraud and demanding they pay tens of millions of dollars for the trouble.

Retired flight attendants cleared to continue suing American Airlines over change to boarding status perk

Scott Holland Aug. 18, 2017, 4:22pm

A group of American Airlines retirees will be able to continue their lawsuit against the company over changes to their priority boarding status, which they claim was guaranteed to them as a retirement benefit.

Uber agrees to settle 'Refer-A-Friend' class action for $20M; $6.6M potentially going to lawyers

Scott Holland Aug. 17, 2017, 5:49pm

Uber is moving toward a $20 million settlement of a class action lawsuit by a group accusing the ride-hailing company of breaking federal law in how it sent “Refer-A-Friend” promotional messages to prospective new customers.

Lawsuit demands IL pay schools based on 'evidence-based' funding plan called for in state budget

Scott Holland Aug. 15, 2017, 10:37am

Parents of Illinois public school students have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to secure what they consider adequate funding for the coming school year.

Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

Scott Holland Aug. 14, 2017, 6:18pm

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Class action accuses Walgreens of 'scheme' with insurers to overcharge customers, claw back copays

Scott Holland Aug. 13, 2017, 11:54am

A customer who said Walgreens charged him $21.80 for a generic drug through his insurance plan without telling him he could have paid only $10 if he paid in cash, has filed a federal class action complaint against the Deerfield-based retail pharmacy giant, saying the overcharge is part of a “fraudulent scheme” between the retailer and insurance companies.

Judge denies request to block Chicago from stripping 'police' title from airport security officers

Scott Holland Aug. 11, 2017, 6:00am

A labor union representing the Chicago airport security officers formerly designated as Chicago Aviation Police has failed for now in its attempt to block City Hall from removing the title of “police” from the officers in the wake of a high-profile passenger dragging incident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Class action: Groupon violates ADA by not offering comparable deals accessible to disabled

Scott Holland Aug. 8, 2017, 4:40pm

A man with spina bifida has accused Groupon of discrimination for not offering comparable products accessible to those with disabilities alongside other offered deals, including discounted hotel stays and football tickets.

Judge slices $6.5M sex discrimination verdict to $100K, citing damage caps

Scott Holland Aug. 4, 2017, 12:19pm

A federal judge has shaved more than $6 million off a jury’s verdict in a 2011 discrimination case because the company wasn’t large enough to be forced to pay more.

Appeals court orders more proceedings on question of who should own Piemonte car dealerships

Scott Holland Aug. 2, 2017, 3:26pm

A state appeals panel said more courtroom time is needed to determine how to divide ownership of a Chicago area car dealership following the death of its well-known, namesake owner.

A non-starter in federal court, case vs Roti over credit card digits on receipts still headed to Cook court

Scott Holland Jul. 28, 2017, 12:35am

A federal judge has again sent back to Cook County Circuit Court a class action dispute about how many credit card digits appear on restaurant receipts, saying, while federal courts have been clear the case is a non-starter, Illinois state courts have yet to answer.

Judge: Brunswick can't press suit vs McNabola for using jury note to turn trial loss to big settlement

Scott Holland Jul. 27, 2017, 12:14am

A beleaguered Chicago lawyer scored a win in his attempt to fend off claims he should pay for wrongly using a jury note to wrest a $25 million personal injury settlement on the cusp of losing at trial, as a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the boatmaker he had sued, saying the boatmaker couldn’t demonstrate its rights had been violated.

O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes slaps rival O'Keefe property tax law firm with trademark suit

Scott Holland Jul. 26, 2017, 12:46am

A prominent Chicago property tax law has served a similarly named rival firm with a federal trademark infringement claim.

Jury OK to order Geracis to pay dogwalker $275K for elevator confrontation, battery: Appeals court

Scott Holland Jul. 21, 2017, 6:00am

A state appeals court has upheld a jury’s verdict against the wife of bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci, saying she needs to pay $275,000 to a dog walker she accused of attacking her almost four years ago.

Bar Association lawsuit: Block IL regulators from going after property tax lawyers over 'appraisals'

Scott Holland Jul. 20, 2017, 4:00am

The Illinois State Bar Association has asked a Cook County judge to order state regulators to back off of prosecutions against lawyers the state agency has accused of appraising real estate without a license, because the lawyers purportedly included real estate comps and other real estate value metrics in property tax appeals.

Seventh Circuit: Wisconsin copy of Indiana right to work law constitutional

Scott Holland Jul. 18, 2017, 1:46pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld a Wisconsin right to work law as constitutional, as judges said they could find no "compelling reasons" to revisit that question after upholding Indiana's similar law three years ago.

Wrigley Co. to vaping products maker: Stop using iconic candy, gum names to peddle e-cig liquids

Scott Holland Jul. 17, 2017, 6:00am

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, but where there’s Doublemint and Juicy Fruit, there’s supposed to be only chewing gum, according to a trademark infringement lawsuit from one of Chicago’s iconic candy makers against the makers of e-cigarette “vaping” products.

Murder victim's family: Backpage 'sanitizes' sex trafficking ads, such as one that led to slaying

Scott Holland Jul. 14, 2017, 11:29pm

Backpage has removed to federal court a lawsuit from the family of a murdered young Chicago woman, accusing the online classified website of encouraging the type of sex trafficking that allegedly led to her death.

Ex-CPS teacher: Board of Ed fired her for publicly criticizing Chicago special ed cuts

Scott Holland Jul. 13, 2017, 3:00pm

A teacher who dramatically criticized special education cuts, by, among other things, presenting Chicago’s mayor with a mock arrest warrant, said Chicago Public Schools improperly fired her in retaliation.

Tadros sues Crain's, demands $38M for alleged defamatory 'hit piece' article

Scott Holland Jul. 12, 2017, 3:35pm

Bow Truss Coffee founder Philip Tadros is back in court, now seeking $38 million from Crain’s Chicago Business in a self-filed defamation lawsuit over a July 2016 Crain’s article he called a “hit piece.”