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Reverse Mortgage Solutions accuses homonymous company of holding its name for ransom

Scott Holland Jan. 16, 2016, 12:35pm

They’ve got the same name, but one Reverse Mortgage Solutions is the plaintiff and the other, a defendant in a federal trademark lawsuit, accused of swooping in to claim the corporate name and hold it for ransom. And the original Reverse Mortgage Solutions has won a preliminary injunction against its homonymous rival.

Ministry hit with another class action over robocalls soliciting donations to boost profits of 'prophet'

Scott Holland Jan. 12, 2016, 12:39pm

A Cook County resident fed up with receiving unwanted phone calls from a profitable prophet hopes a class action lawsuit will stop the ringing. Jeffrey Molitor filed the complaint Jan. 5 in Cook County Circuit against New York-based Manasseh Jordan Ministries and Yakim Manasseh Jordan.

Chicago dentist says city commission didn't let him defend claims he forbade Muslim worker from wearing hijab

Scott Holland Jan. 8, 2016, 5:19pm

A Chicago dentist is seeking a second, higher legal opinion as he tries to refute the claims of a former Muslim employee, who claims he discriminated against her by forbidding her from wearing her hijab at work. Dr. Dhiraj Sharma, owner of American Dental Associates, recently filed a petition for common law writ of certiorari in Cook County Circuit Court, asking the court to intervene in his dispute with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Publisher says city rules barring posters on lamp posts is unconstitutional

Scott Holland Jan. 7, 2016, 9:14am

The First Amendment doesn’t specifically mention streetlight poles, but they are involved in a free speech class action complaint filed in federal court in Chicago. RCP Publications filed the complaint in December against the city, arguing the city violates the First Amendment with its policy on which messages may be posted on public property.

Park Ridge homeowners win appellate round vs Advocate over Lutheran General flooding

Scott Holland Jan. 2, 2016, 9:32am

Park Ridge homeowners have retained a window of hope in their campaign to hold neighboring Advocate Lutheran General Hospital liable for flooding. After the Cook County Circuit Court dismissed two counts of the homeowners’ class-action complaint, the First District Appellate Court reversed one of those dismissals in an unpublished order issued in December. The issue arose from a Sept. 13, 2008, storm and a subsequent Feb. 12, 2009, class action complaint.

Class action demands state pay up, despite budget impasse, for land taken for road projects

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 10:43pm

A property owner believes the state has wrongfully used Springfield’s ongoing budget dispute to improperly withhold payment on land the Illinois Department of Transportation seized for work on Route 59 in DuPage County, so the land owner has filed a class action to force Illinois to pay up to all others who have allegedly been similarly wronged. Naper Corner, successor entity to North Star Trust, filed suit Dec. 28 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Boogard family's claims vs NHL over blame for player's substance abuse, death suffer legal blow

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 11:41am

The family of a deceased professional hockey player, who died following a purported drug overdose, has suffered a setback in their bid to assign blame for the athlete’s death to the NHL.

Peace, Love, Litigation: Chocolatier sues rival over trademarked phrase on candy products

Scott Holland Dec. 23, 2015, 10:45am

Wishes for peace and love are as common around the winter holidays as chocolate and peppermint candy. But when two companies market seasonal confection products with nearly identical names, it’s left to the courts to unwrap a trademark lawsuit.

Investor demands stake he thinks he's owed should selfies replace signatures in credit card transactions

Scott Holland Dec. 18, 2015, 10:34pm

A startup company seems to believe its new technology can revolutionize the credit card transaction business, by allowing users to substitute a selfie for a signature when authorizing a purchase. And a Chicago businessman who invested in the venture believes he is being wrongly denied his cut of what he expects to be a windfall once the tech lands in the hands of the world’s largest processors of electronic payments.

Lakeview hotel operators bring class action over mobile banking app allowing checks to be cashed twice

Scott Holland Dec. 15, 2015, 5:36pm

Potential loopholes in a mobile banking application which could allow depositors to cash the bank notes more than once have prompted a Lakeview hotel business to bring a class action against JP Morgan Chase. Plaintiff 1409 West Diversey Corp., which does business as the Bellwood Hotel, filed its putative class action against JP Morgan Chase in Cook County Circuit Court Dec. 9, claiming its mobile check capture service allows bank customers to deposit checks more than once.

Suburbs add to growing list of towns saying Expedia, other travel sites owe underpaid hotel taxes

Scott Holland Dec. 11, 2015, 10:43pm

Online travel agents are facing legal action from local government agencies across the country, claiming they are being shorted perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars of hotel taxes by the travel sites.

Judge says commodities traders chose wrong target when suing CME over high frequency traders' market manipulation

Scott Holland Dec. 4, 2015, 11:15pm

A federal judge has ruled a group of commodity traders who felt they had been harmed by the manipulative activities of so-called “high frequency traders” had misplaced their grievance when they filed a complaint against the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The putative class action, represented by plaintiffs William Charles Braman, Mark Mendelson and John Simms, alleged the CME granted unfair advantages to certain classes of traders.

Seventh Circuit: Dart violated rights in coercing vendors to stop doing business with Backpage.com

Scott Holland Dec. 2, 2015, 11:07pm

A federal appeals panel handed Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart a stinging defeat, saying the county’s chief law enforcement officer had trampled the free speech rights of the owners of the country’s second-largest provider of online classified advertising space when he and his office moved to stem funding to and potentially put the site out of business over concerns the site was used to facilitate prostitution and sex trafficking.

Executive job applicant cleared to sue company he claims phrased job ads to 'weed out' older applicants

Scott Holland Dec. 1, 2015, 6:58pm

A 59-year-old executive will be allowed to proceed with his age discrimination lawsuit against a San Diego-based maker of medical devices after a federal judge declined to dismiss his allegations the company that wouldn't give him an interview worded its open job listings in a way intended to discretely “weed out” older, more experienced applicants.

South Loop apartment building owners, managers hit with class action over unpaid security deposit interest

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2015, 11:26pm

A South Loop apartment tenant who believes her landlords wrongly deprived her of interest on her security deposit, which she asserts is owed to her and other tenants under city ordinance, has brought a class action against her landlords, demanding they pay her and others like her double their money back, with interest. Cheryl McPhearson filed the class-action complaint Nov. 25 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Judge tosses California businessman's $6 million suit vs lawyer alleged to help partner in India freeze him out

Scott Holland Nov. 26, 2015, 10:04pm

A Chicago federal judge has put an end to a California man’s $6 million lawsuit against a lawyer the man alleges helped a former business associate in India remotely freeze him out of the business’ accounts.

Cook Circuit Clerk improperly collects fees on motions that aren't 'final,' class action lawsuit says

Scott Holland Nov. 24, 2015, 11:57am

The Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office has been hit with a potential class action lawsuit, brought by litigants who claim the office has improperly collected fees for interlocutory motions filed over various questions arising while cases are still in process in Cook County Circuit Court. Midwest Medical Records Association filed the class-action complaint Nov. 19, naming Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown, as well as co-defendants Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappasand the county itself.

Former business partners bring dispute over CTA telecom project to Cook County court

Scott Holland Nov. 23, 2015, 5:43pm

Former business partners are at odds over the spoils of a Chicago Transit Authority telecommunications technology project. In a complaint filed Nov. 16 in Cook County Circuit Court, HCK Group, doing business as Informity Systems, brought 10 counts against Informity Network and its president Edita Arambulo, as well as former HCK employee Cynthia Chappell.

Judge deals setback to $6 million ADA, harassment suit brought by legal secretary vs Winston & Strawn

Scott Holland Nov. 21, 2015, 12:07am

A disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a legal secretary seeking at least $6 million in damages from law firm Winston & Strawn has hit a roadblock in federal court.

Class action alleges Osco Drug knew generic ADHD drugs they were distributing were less effective than brand name version

Scott Holland Nov. 20, 2015, 5:34pm

Osco Drug is facing a federal class action lawsuit over the sale of generic prescription drugs used to treat ADHD, which they allegedly knew were inferior to the brand name drug for which they were substituting. Chicago resident Alex Turetsky, parent of a minor identified as J.T., filed a complaint in federal court in Chicago this week against the companies doing business as Osco Drug.