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Lawsuit alleges 'rogue officers' turned governance at Des Plaines Islamic center into 'shambles'

Scott Holland Dec. 2, 2016, 4:51pm

Taking aim at “rogue officers,” a Des Plaines man has filed a complaint against two people whom he said “turned the corporate governance of the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines into a shambles.” 

Federal judge expands power of 'Special Master' to review state agency political hiring practices

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 11:27pm

More than two years into an investigation of hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a federal judge has expanded the power of the review panel to cover all other state agencies under the oversight of Illinois' governor.

Judge: New jail policy allowed sheriff to avoid order to distribute prisoner rights journal to inmates

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 5:36pm

A federal judge has sided with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and its policy of keeping inmates at the county jail from reading magazines focused on the legal rights of prisoners.

Fisker investors class action: Bankers duped them into pouring funds into failed electric car biz

Scott Holland Nov. 28, 2016, 1:00pm

Facing a class-action complaint potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a group of investment bankers accused of misleading investors into pouring funds into a failed electric car venture – described as “the largest venture capital-backed debacle in U.S. history” - have taken the litigation to federal court.

Investors serve up Cook County court fight over funds at Harry Caray's Rosemont

Scott Holland Nov. 23, 2016, 4:46pm

The partners who own and run the Rosemont location of Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse are squaring off over the restaurant’s finances, as one of the partners claims the others may be maneuvering to squeeze him out of his cut of the restaurant’s proceeds. 

Walgreens: Didn't mislead anyone to pay a Chicago beverage tax; judge should dismiss class action

Scott Holland Nov. 22, 2016, 6:23pm

Walgreens has asked a judge to dismiss a class action complaint it faces over a nickel beverage tax. In a Nov. 2 Cook County Circuit Court filing, Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance asked Judge Diane J. Larsen to dismiss a complaint Destin McIntosh filed Aug. 15, in which McIntosh claimed the pharmacy giant improperly charged a 5-cent tax. 

Lawsuit: Northern Trust should pay class action settlement for falsely certifying client's ability to pay

Scott Holland Nov. 18, 2016, 5:17pm

Two law firms seeking money owed by a real estate  management company following a class action complaint are chasing the $845,000 settlement in Cook County Circuit Court, demanding Northern Trust Company be held liable for the sum for allegedly providing a letter purportedly verifying the real estate management group had the required cash on hand, when it actually did not.

Appeals panel tosses 'labyrinth' of suits vs lawyers from man whose wife died in Colorado bus accident

Scott Holland Nov. 16, 2016, 12:09pm

A state appeals panel has cut through a complex web of legal malpractice actions brought by a man who had essentially alleged many of his ex-lawyers had conspired with intercity bus operator Greyhound Lines to keep him from suing over his wife’s death in a bus accident 15 years ago. The appellate order upheld a circuit court ruling on the consolidated cases that has involved several Illinois attorneys and more than 25 appeals. 

Family feud over fate of Kirlins Hallmark retail empire lands in federal court; $20M at stake

Scott Holland Nov. 11, 2016, 1:32pm

Brother has been pitted against brothers in a $20 million federal lawsuit over the future of a company that once owned the largest number of Hallmark stores in the country. 

Bicyclist wins new chance on appeal to sue Chicago Park Dist. for fall on Lakefront Trail

Scott Holland Nov. 10, 2016, 11:39pm

A bicyclist who injured himself in a Lakefront Trail fall will get another day in court in his complaint targeting the Chicago Park District for failing to fix a crack in the pavement he said caused his spill. 

Judge won't force condo association to allow woman to rent condo as 'reasonable accommodation'

Scott Holland Nov. 8, 2016, 7:09pm

A 94-year-old Oak Park woman could not get a federal judge on her side in a dispute with her condo association, who she says owes her the right, under federal law, to rent her condo while she undergoes medical treatments, despite association rules.

Tadros sues ex-partner Matthew for defamation; says statements cost Bow Truss Coffee big business

Scott Holland Nov. 2, 2016, 4:30pm

Former business partners are on opposite sides of a defamation lawsuit, as Bow Truss Coffee founder Philip Tadros said statements made by investor Alan Matthew have cost his business big money.

Panel: Chicago commission OK to order condo association to pay lesbian couple's $68K legal bills

Scott Holland Nov. 1, 2016, 7:01pm

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations acted properly in awarding more than $68,000 in legal fees to a lesbian couple who had complained their building’s owners association had harassed and discriminated against them for being lesbians, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Lawsuit: Re/Max brokerage owes $1M for agent who pocketed earnest money; Insurer won't defend

Scott Holland Oct. 28, 2016, 4:13pm

An insurance company has gone to federal court in hopes of proving it has no obligation to cover a suburban real estate brokerage against a lawsuit brought by a woman who has demanded the agency pay her more than $1 million for failing to stop an agent who worked at the brokerage from pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in earnest money. 

Intelius hit with class action alleging their personal info reports violate Illinois publicity rights law

Scott Holland Oct. 26, 2016, 8:07pm

The operators of Intelius, a website offering and selling personal information reports, faces a class action complaint alleging Intelius’ products violates Illinois’ law governing who can control that personal information.

Mobile marketer Kiip Inc. hit with class action over data collected from users of Runkeeper, other apps

Scott Holland Oct. 24, 2016, 12:45pm

A mobile marketing company with several high-profile clients faces a class action complaint over collection of user data. Jessica Vasil and Christine Farag, both of Illinois, filed their complaint Oct. 21 in federal court in Chicago, accusing San Francisco-based Kiip Inc. of extracting information from smartphone users without their consent.

Worker can't sue Union Pacific for legs amputated in accident while scrapping RR bridge: IL Supreme Court

Scott Holland Oct. 22, 2016, 1:45am

The Illinois Supreme Court restored a ruling in favor of Union Pacific Railroad in a court fight with a worker, employed by a third-party contractor,whose legs were amputated while removing and scrapping an abandoned railroad bridge in Chicago, as the court’s majority said a state appeals court was wrong to overturn the ruling of a Cook County judge who found the railroad owed no duty in this case to the scrap contract worker. 

California woman's lawsuit accuses Chicago lawyer of conspiring to con her out of millions

Scott Holland Oct. 21, 2016, 2:10pm

A California woman who says she was swindled out of more than $6 million as the victim of a plot worthy of a television drama has filed a Cook County Circuit Court complaint against a Chicago firm and one of its attorneys.

Class action: Cook County court bonds too high, discriminatory; keep those awaiting trial in jail too long

Scott Holland Oct. 19, 2016, 2:31pm

A class action complaint leveled against Cook County has accused Sheriff Tom Dart and the county of imposing onerous bonds on people charged with crimes, essentially forcing them to remain detained pending a trial. 

Volvo's offer to refund purchase price of 'underperforming' hybrid SUV nixed class action vs automaker

Scott Holland Oct. 18, 2016, 11:56am

Volvo will not have to face a class action complaint about its hybrid vehicles after a federal judge in Chicago agreed to dismiss a lawsuit which demanded Volvo refund tens of thousands of dollars to everyone who purchased one of the automaker’s hybrid SUVs, which plaintiffs alleged underperformed its advertised battery-only driving range.