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Class action hits Boeing over SEC investigation of 'program accounting' for airliner production

Scott Holland Feb. 23, 2016, 12:45pm

On the heels of stock prices that slipped following recent reports that federal investigators will investigate its accounting, Boeing has been targeted by a federal class action alleging the aerospace manufacturer misled investors using alleged accounting tricks to hide potential losses.

Interest rate swaps class action vs big banks could draw in 'tens of thousands' of public bodies with billions at stake

Scott Holland Feb. 19, 2016, 8:31pm

Two Mississippi and Alabama hospitals and the county that includes the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., have squared off in Chicago federal court with many of the country’s biggest financial institutions over so-called interest rate swaps — an issue now impacting governments and other public bodies throughout the country, including Chicago’s public schools system.

Appeals panel: Judge wrong to nix firing of state worker who got Link cards for friends, family, used it herself

Scott Holland Feb. 18, 2016, 5:42pm

A state appellate panel in Springfield has reinstated the termination of a state worker who had been fired for allegedly authorizing state aid for friends and relatives, and using those benefits to pay for purchases for herself. A Sangamon County judge had ordered her punishment reduced.

CBC National Bank hit with FLSA class action over OT pay for home-based mortgage processors

Scott Holland Feb. 17, 2016, 3:48pm

A Tennessee woman has brought a class action in Chicago federal court against a Florida-based bank that employed her, alleging the bank shorted her and all other home-based mortgage loan processors like her, the overtime pay she believes they are due under the law.

Dollar General customer seeks to ignite class action over alleged failings of store brand motor oil

Scott Holland Feb. 13, 2016, 10:55am

Dollar General’s marketing of its store-brand motor oil has one customer targeting the discount retailer with a class action complaint worth at least $5 million, alleging the oil is at best of little use and, at worst, can actually damage the engines of most cars in which it is poured.

Judge tosses false claims class action vs makers of 'wonder drug' supplement Anatabloc

Scott Holland Feb. 12, 2016, 1:51pm

A class action lawsuit targeting the maker of a “wonder drug” nutritional supplement has been shelved after a federal judge tossed the complaint of two men who claimed they had been misled by the supplement makers’ claims regarding the product’s effectiveness at treating arthritis and other inflammation.

Jackie Robinson West parents sue Little League, ESPN, say wrongly accused them of cheating to win 2014 title

Scott Holland Feb. 11, 2016, 5:32pm

Parents of players on a controversy-plagued Chicago Little League baseball team are striking back against organized baseball and national media outlets the parents say wrongly accused them and their children of cheating to win the U.S. Little League crown.

Class action alleges GroupOn uses Instagram photos without permission to promote deals

Scott Holland Feb. 9, 2016, 9:26am

An Instagram user has brought a class action against Groupon, arguing Chicago-based e-commerce deal provider has been wrongly using photos posted to Instagram to promote deals crafted by Groupon for restaurants and other businesses.

George Lucas Museum foes score win in latest episode of saga over fate of lakefront site

Scott Holland Feb. 5, 2016, 11:30am

Opponents of the George Lucas museum proposed for Chicago’s lakefront have won the latest episode in the long running legal wars over the planned attraction, after a federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit against the city and park district.

Target can't dismiss injury lawsuit brought by family of child hurt skateboarding inside Vernon Hills store

Scott Holland Feb. 3, 2016, 6:47pm

Target must continue to defend itself in a liability suit after a federal judge refused to dismiss the complaint of a family whose child was injured riding an unsold skateboard inside a Vernon Hills store.

Class actions say Purina, Wellpet brand 'made in USA' dog foods actually aren't

Scott Holland Feb. 2, 2016, 1:19pm

A woman and dog owner from west central Illinois has brought class action lawsuits against two dog food makers, alleging their kibble, while marketed as “made in the USA,” actually includes ingredients sourced from outside the U.S., placing American dogs at risk and violating state consumer fraud laws.

Lawsuit over slow settlement payments would pit plaintiffs class vs defendant class of claim processors

Scott Holland Jan. 29, 2016, 6:54pm

After saying he waited too long to get money owed him from the settlement of a personal injury lawsuit, a Cook County man is seeking legal retribution, bringing a class action on behalf of other potential plaintiffs like him against the company he has blamed for the delay in paying him, as well as other companies he said may have done the same thing to others.

IL Atty Gen demands telemarketer forfeit more than $1 million pocketed when collecting for charities

Scott Holland Jan. 29, 2016, 1:06pm

Illinois’ attorney general has again set her sights on an Elk Grove telemarketing firm in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the company kept far too much of the money it purportedly collected on behalf of charities. Lawyers with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office filed suit Jan. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against Safety Publications.

Grossinger Autos says Enterprise owes more than $1 million for defamation to customers over loaner cars

Scott Holland Jan. 28, 2016, 1:06pm

The owners of the Grossinger group of Chicago area car dealerships has asked a Cook County judge to order one of the the nation’s leading rental car operations to pay a toll of more than $1 million for allegedly defaming the auto dealer group in telling customers not to go to Grossinger if they needed a loaner car while their cars were being serviced.

Judge slaps restraining order on access to Topinka campaign money amid lawsuit by late comptroller's son

Scott Holland Jan. 25, 2016, 11:51am

The campaign funds of the late Judy Baar Topinka are now formally frozen, thanks to an order issued Jan. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court. Cook County Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous granted a temporary restraining order to Topinka’s son, Joseph Baar Topinka, which he’d requested as part of his complaint against Nancy Kimme and Bradley A. Burnett, the chairwoman and treasurer, respectively, of Citizens For Judy Baar Topinka.

Ohio dentist uses Chicago courts to sue Conn.-based Synchrony over faxed Care Credit ads

Scott Holland Jan. 23, 2016, 12:21am

Chicago federal court is the venue an Ohio dentist chose for his class-action complaint against a Connecticut-based lending firm he said repeatedly placed calls to his office and sent unwanted faxed ads promoting its consumer credit products, in violation of federal law.

Governor can't exempt Pollution Control workers from collective bargaining, appeals panel says

Scott Holland Jan. 22, 2016, 11:09am

He hasn’t been Illinois’ governor for more than a year, but some of Pat Quinn’s actions are still being weighed by Illinois’ courts. On Jan. 19, a state appellate court overturned the administrative decision of the Illinois Labor Relations Board to uphold Quinn’s exemption of certain Pollution Control Board employees from collective bargaining.

Judge OKs false advertising lawsuit vs Johnson & Johnson over Bedtime Products

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2016, 5:32pm

An Illinois woman’s false advertising complaint against Johnson & Johnson is allowed to proceed after a judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss, saying the woman had done enough so far to allow her to argue Johnson & Johnson misled her and others into buying products the company claimed were clinically proven to help babies sleep better. Stephanie Leiner, of Chillicothe, filed a class action lawsuit July 2 in federal court in Chicago against N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson.

Oak Park woman says disability accommodation laws require association to let her rent her condo

Scott Holland Jan. 19, 2016, 11:37pm

A 94-year-old Oak Park woman has asked a federal judge to order the association that manages her condominium building to allow her to rent her condo temporarily to allow her to use the rental income to offset her medical expenses, saying association rules forbidding her from renting the condo until it has been listed for sale for a year stands as a violation of her rights to a “reasonable accommodation” under federal fair housing and disability laws.

Dolton recall ordinance struck down, appeals panel says must first be OK'd by voters

Scott Holland Jan. 18, 2016, 11:00am

A trio of Dolton village trustees scored a victory in their dispute with the mayor and clerk over the legality of the town’s recall ordinance, as an appeals panel found the Illinois state constitution requires municipalities, like Dolton, must first secure the approval of voters at referendum for such recall powers.