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Church wins OK to continue to jury with claims Burbank discriminated by denying permit for sanctuary

Scott Holland Feb. 23, 2017, 5:26pm

A church will be allowed to press its claim that a southwest suburban Cook County government owes it some money for allegedly discriminating against the congregation and torpedoing the church’s deal in place to buy land for a new sanctuary. 

Lemonis responds to lawsuit over Bow Truss, accuses Tadros in countersuit of withholding key info

Scott Holland Feb. 21, 2017, 11:59pm

Less than three weeks after being targeted in a $26 million lawsuit over a soured acquisition, celebrity investor Marcus Lemonis has countersued his erstwhile business partner, Chicago businessman and the founder of Bow Truss Coffee, Phil Tadros. 

Judge: Class action OK vs Stericycle over medical waste disposal billing fraud accusations

Scott Holland Feb. 21, 2017, 12:44am

A federal judge has cleared the way for a nationwide class action to proceed against Stericycle over allegations the Lake Forest-based regulated waste disposal giant for years used an automatic price-increasing scheme to defraud customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

IL Sup. Ct.: City must give proper notice to collect fines; appearance by non-lawyer 'immaterial'

Scott Holland Feb. 18, 2017, 1:04am

Illinois’ highest state court has sidestepped delivering a definitive answer to the question of whether non-lawyers can represent corporations in administrative law proceedings. But justices of the Illinois Supreme Court have let stand an appellate court’s finding that the city of Chicago can’t sidestep the need to properly send ordinance violation notices by citing the appearance at an administrative hearing by just anyone purportedly on behalf of a company the city may be seeking to fine.

Lawsuit: Article published in ABA Journal targeted forensic document examiners certification board

Scott Holland Feb. 16, 2017, 1:39pm

The American Bar Association has brought to Chicago federal court a legal dispute over an article run in an ABA journal, which a forensic document examiners certifying agency said was intended to drive them from the market. 

Judge nearly grounds Bensenville homeowners lawsuit vs Chicago over O'Hare air traffic

Scott Holland Feb. 13, 2017, 4:28pm

A Cook County judge has nearly grounded a lawsuit brought by Bensenville homeowners against the city of Chicago, saying the homeowners have more work to do to prove they can sue the city for directing a steady stream of aircraft over their homes every day from a new runway at O'Hare.

CVS can be sued in Illinois for automated calls to remind about flu shots, federal judge says

Scott Holland Feb. 10, 2017, 3:58pm

A class action suit against CVS Pharmacy and its MinuteClinic will proceed after a federal judge in Chicago denied a motion to dismiss the complaint, saying the drug store chain can’t shake the lawsuit accusing them of breaking federal anti-robocalling laws when the clinic placed calls to people’s mobile phones to remind them about getting flu shots. 

Bow Truss Coffee hits Lemonis with $26M lawsuit, claiming celebrity investor ground company down

Scott Holland Feb. 8, 2017, 2:23pm

A financially troubled Chicago coffee purveyor is taking aim at a television personality and investor in a $26 million, five-count complaint filed Feb. 1 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Ticket broker says Chicago Cubs wrongly canceled his 30 season tickets, owe him seats for 2017

Scott Holland Feb. 7, 2017, 7:38pm

A Pennsylvania ticket broker is suing the Cubs, saying the team refused to renew his season tickets. 

Lawsuit alleges systematic hazing, mistreatment of athletes dating back decades at Lake Zurich H.S.

Scott Holland Feb. 2, 2017, 12:16pm

Alleging systematic hazing going back two decades, the families of two Lake Zurich High School football players filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 1 against the school, administrators and coaches.

White woman's lawsuit placed on hold vs sperm bank over insemination via black donor

Scott Holland Feb. 2, 2017, 12:35am

A high-profile lawsuit brought against an Illinois sperm bank by a white woman who claims she was wrongfully impregnated by a black donor’s sperm is on hold after a federal judge in Chicago granted a motion to stay the case, to allow an Illinois appeals court to decide the fate of a nearly identical lawsuit dismissed from DuPage County court. 

Calumet alderman, state rep sues to force city to turn over phone records of mayor, political rival

Scott Holland Jan. 30, 2017, 4:28pm

A Calumet City alderman and state lawmaker at odds with Calumet's mayor has sued the city over a Freedom of Information Act disputes, involving, in part, his demand to see the mayor's phone records and text messages.

Judge: SEC OK to continue suit vs Navistar CEO for misleading investors on development of diesel engine

Scott Holland Jan. 27, 2017, 10:00pm

A Chicago federal judge will allow the Securities and Exchange Commission to continue the bulk of its legal action against the former president and CEO of Navistar for allegedly misleading investors and the federal government by lying about Navistar’s development of a new diesel engine that met heightened emissions standards. 

Landlord can't sue city of Zion over 'discriminatory' fees that target minority housing, judge says

Scott Holland Jan. 26, 2017, 4:36pm

A Zion city ordinance does not violate the federal Fair Housing Act, despite the assertions of a landlord the ordinance effectively targets apartment buildings with large numbers of black and Hispanic residents, a federal judge has ruled. 

Appeals panel: City of Harvey can't argue its way out of paying police pension fund $7M

Scott Holland Jan. 25, 2017, 11:55am

Perhaps ending a dispute that dates back more than a decade, an Illinois appeals court has ordered the city of Harvey to pay more than $7 million to its police pension fund. 

Class action: $400 Louisville Slugger bats contain design bug, but maker tried to swing it as a feature

Scott Holland Jan. 24, 2017, 6:46pm

Louisville Slugger and Wilson Sporting Goods are defendants in a federal class action complaint over the quality of $400 baseball bats. 

Clergy sex abuse survivors group ran kickback scheme with lawyers, says ex-fundraiser's lawsuit

Scott Holland Jan. 23, 2017, 2:58pm

A former fundraiser at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has sued her ex-employer, accusing the Chicago-based self-help agency for victims of clergy sexual abuse of firing her after she exposed an alleged kickback scheme between the Network and trial lawyers suing on behalf of the victims.

Ex-sorority president seeks to overturn $1.6M arbitration award over embezzlement claims

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2017, 5:21pm

An Olympia Fields woman who worked with a Chicago-based sorority for more than 40 years is trying to get a court to overturn an arbitrator’s decision that could cost her $1.6 million.

Seventh Circuit: Chicago's 'elaborate scheme' to effectively ban shooting ranges unconstitutional

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2017, 2:09pm

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a Chicago ordinance that regulates firearm shooting ranges and the age of minors who can visit them is unconstitutional.

$5M settlement to end Bedtime Bath products class action vs Johnson & Johnson; $1.5M for lawyers

Scott Holland Jan. 19, 2017, 4:31pm

The people behind a false advertising class action lawsuit that said Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath baby products did not make babies as sleepy as the company claimed are asking a judge to formally approve a $5 million settlement, according to a motion filed Jan. 4. The settlement would include nearly $1.5 million for attorneys, while the individual plaintiffs would collect service awards of $5,000 each. Members of the class could receive up to $15 each, if they submit eligible claims.