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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. 

Security firm sues ex-lawyers for bungling suit vs other lawyers for bad advice that led to OT wage suit

Scott Holland Oct. 13, 2016, 4:43pm

A security company, which recently was forced to settle a lawsuit over its overtime wage policies, has brought a legal malpractice action against some of its former lawyers, saying their faulty guidance cost the security firm the chance to sue other lawyers whose purported bad advice had left the security company vulnerable to the wage class action lawsuit. 

Appeals panel upholds dismissal of class action challenge of how Blue Cross parent corp uses profits

Scott Holland Oct. 12, 2016, 6:25pm

A state appeals panel has ruled in favor of the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, finding a Cook County judge was correct in dismissing a class action lawsuit arguing the health insurer should have spent more of its $10 billion in “cash surplus” for the betterment of its members. 

Ex-Gov. Quinn joins legal actions to overturn state law letting mayor choose Chicago school board

Scott Holland Oct. 10, 2016, 9:32am

Former Gov. Pat Quinn has joined state and federal lawsuits aiming to change the way Chicago Public Schools Board members are selected, saying state law giving the mayor of Chicago, and not voters, the power to select the Chicago Board of Education violates voters’ and taxpayers’ rights under the U.S. and Illinois constitutions. 

Judge: Questions in Chicago cops' privacy lawsuit vs Sun-Times limited to whether paper broke law

Scott Holland Oct. 10, 2016, 8:06am

A federal judge has handed wins to five Chicago police officers in the latest rounds of proceedings in their lawsuit against the Chicago Sun-Times over the paper’s publication of the officers’ photos and other information as part of the paper’s exposé of the investigation of the 2004 death of a man punched by Richard Vanecko, a city cop and nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley. 

Racketeering charges dismissed vs Fiat Chrysler, but Napleton Auto Group's fraud suit proceeds

Scott Holland Oct. 7, 2016, 6:03pm

Fiat Chrysler still faces a legal challenge from owners of a network of auto dealerships in the Chicago area and elsewhere, though it succeeded in removing federal racketeering accusations. 

Appeals panel: Time limits won't block victims of serial sexual abuser from suing Boy Scouts

Scott Holland Oct. 6, 2016, 1:18am

A former Boy Scout, whose Scoutmaster sexually abused him between 1983 and 1986, can pursue his lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America despite not filing his original complaint until 2013. 

Pro-life pregnancy centers, doctors challenge IL mandatory abortion referral rules

Scott Holland Sep. 30, 2016, 5:51pm

A group of Illinois’ pro-life pregnancy centers and an obstetrical practice have filed a complaint about the state’s new mandatory referral rules, arguing the law forces “them to speak a message contrary to their mission.” 

Blue Island didn't discriminate by trying to force religious housing group to install sprinklers: Judge

Scott Holland Sep. 28, 2016, 2:32pm

A longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recovery group and the city of Blue Island ended last week in federal court in Chicago, after a judge said the suburban city did not violate the group’s rights by seeking to force it to install fire sprinklers in its buildings.

Cubs, MLB suing vendors selling alleged knock-off Cubs gear outside Wrigley, online

Scott Holland Sep. 26, 2016, 1:04pm

Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs are teaming up to take on vendors selling alleged unlicensed, knock-off Cubs merchandise online and near Wrigley Field. 

'Game of War' in-game casino app doesn't violate gambling laws, judge says

Scott Holland Sep. 23, 2016, 12:44pm

An app operator won’t have to face a class action lawsuit after a federal judge in Chicago determined the company’s in-game casino does not break any laws. 

Judge dismisses constitutional challenge of IL Treasurer's unclaimed property program

Scott Holland Sep. 21, 2016, 1:05pm

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office will be allowed to continue its selling of unclaimed property after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that argued the practice amounts to an unconstitutional taking of private property. 

River North hotel developers say partners schemed to fool them into handing hotel to them

Scott Holland Sep. 20, 2016, 1:19pm

A development firm, which plans to build a proposed 18-story River North restaurant and hotel, has sued its potential project partners for potentially more than $2 million, alleging the others schemed to fool PG into building the hotel and walking away. 

Chicago taxi surcharge fee class actions end in settlement deal for refunds, $48K attorney fees

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2016, 1:58pm

Lawsuits targeting Chicago taxi companies and a payment processing company for adding a 50-cent surcharge to nearly 410,000 credit card payments over three-plus months this spring have been garaged, according to a settlement agreement filed Sept. 9 in Cook County Circuit Court. The deal ended the lawsuits in exchange for refunds of all improperly charged fees. Plaintiffs' lawyers received $48,000.

Woman alleges vibrator makers improperly used smartphone app to track usage

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2016, 11:40am

An Illinois woman has brought a class action against the makers of a high-tech personal intimacy device, alleging the smartphone app used to operate the vibrator is improperly collecting private information. 

NorthShore charitable foundation can't sue Niles high schools over wasted $1.3 million clinics grant

Scott Holland Sep. 13, 2016, 12:48pm

A charitable fund associated with Evanston-based NorthShore University Health System will not be able to continue much of its legal action against Niles’ high school district over the district’s decision to close some health clinics in the suburban high schools, after a Cook County judge declared the foundation should have sued someone else over the alleged waste of the foundation’s grant to fund the clinics.

Man trying to resurrect his credit asks court to order Equifax to recognize he is not dead

Scott Holland Sep. 9, 2016, 4:09pm

A live human person filed a civil complaint in federal court in Chicago Aug. 22 asking a judge to order a credit reporting bureau to acknowledge he is not, in fact, dead. 

Investors in business deal gone awry blame former Ungaretti firm for loss, demand $3.5 million

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2016, 10:39pm

Three men who say their lawyers’ mishandling of business deals cost them more than $8 million have sued the former firm of Ungaretti & Harris, in hope of recouping nearly half their losses.

U.S. government seeks to block Deere, Precision Planter acquisition

Scott Holland Sep. 7, 2016, 11:38am

Seeking to block a potential agribusiness monopoly, U.S. federal regulators filed a civil complaint Aug. 31 in federal court in Chicago against John Deere and Monsanto over Deere's planned acquisition of a Monsanto subsidiary that makes high-tech planters.