Regency beauty school students not entitled to pay for the work they do for paying customers at the school, judge says
Aspiring beauticians aren’t entitled to salaries from payments their educators collect from customers, a Chicago federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp Jr. issued an opinion Oct. 27 in a class action lawsuit from cosmetology students of Regency Beauty Institute who argued the work they did for paying customers classified them as employees.
Two men who allege a business partner treated their Chicago bar, restaurant and nightclub businesses as his “personal piggybank,” taking $2 million in the process, have sued their former partner in Cook County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs Brian Galati and Chireal Jordan, bar, restaurant and nightclub developers, are shareholders and members of The Cue Club and Capacity Bar Group.
Appeals panel: School districts can't undo property tax settlements simply because they don't like the results
A divided state appeals panel has reinstated a settlement agreement which had ended a dispute over how much a number of Will County property taxpayers actually should have paid in 2010, with a majority on the court saying the school districts can't undo the deal simply because they didn't like the result. A three-justice panel of the Illinois Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa overturned the decision of Will County Circuit Judge Barbara N. Petrungaro.
Job applicant's class action says Sprint's employment credit report disclosures don't comply with federal law
A Chicago man believes Sprint violated federal law in disclosure forms it provided him before checking his credit when he was applying for a job. And since he believes the company has done the same with others, he has asked a judge to allow him to bring a class action against the telecommunications company.
Tenant class action: Presbyterian Homes broke law, leases, by threatening to evict elderly residents who held leases "for life"
Six women have brought a class action against Presbyterian Homes, alleging the company violated the terms of their leases, as well as Chicago and Illinois law, when the property management company announced its buildings had been sold to developers and threatened with eviction tenants who, until the announcement, believed the terms of their leases entitled them to a subsidized apartment “for life.”
Commodities trader alleges Fifth Third ignored signs that could have prevented firm employee's $1 million theft
An Indiana commodities trader is suing Fifth Third Bank in Cook County Circuit Court after losing more than $1 million in an employee theft scam. Ronald Manaster has alleged former employee Joseph Tagler stole more than $1 million from his company by “forging account paperwork adding himself as an authorized signer on Manaster’s Fifth Third checking account, and then forging and cashing checks and fraudulently initiating wire transfers from that checking account.”
Lawsuit: Wheaton City Hall, developer conspired to prevent couple from finishing work on home addition
A Wheaton couple have filed suit against the city and their neighbor, a suburban housing developer, who the couple alleged have conspired to prevent them from completing an addition to their home. Jatin “Jay” Patel and Dipika Naik, who are Indian, filed the five-count complaint in federal court in Chicago earlier this week, naming as defendants the city, its code official Joe Kreidl and home builder Joseph Keim, owner and president of Keim Corporation.
Where's the pork? Woman slaps Walmart with class action, claims store brand pork and beans contains no actual pork
Just as actress Clara Peller famously asked “Where’s the beef?” in a series of memorable 1980s television commercials for fast food chain Wendy's, now a Schaumburg woman is demanding in a federal class action lawsuit to know where the pork is in Walmart’s store brand product labeled “Pork and Beans.”
Magazine seller denied injunction to force city to allow them to sell on sidewalk outside Wrigley Field
Even if the Chicago Cubs do bring postseason baseball back to Wrigley Field in October, fans still won’t be able to buy copies of an unauthorized team-themed magazine outside the venerable stadium on the city’s North Side. U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso denied the request of magazine publishers Left Field Media to force the city to allow Left Field to sell its magazines outside the ballpark. The publishing company had sought an injunction to stop the city from enforcing what it argues is a
An ordinance providing for the recall of public officials in Dolton is at the center of a lawsuit dividing village trustees against the mayor and clerk. Tiffany Henyard, Stanley H. Brown and Robert G. Hunt Jr., who were each elected to four-year terms as Dolton village trustees in April 2013, filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court on Sept. 24 seeking an injunction against the village of Dolton, naming Dolton Mayor Riley H. Rogers and Village Clerk Mary Kay Dugan as co-defendants in the
GM wrong to block Motor Werks' Cadillac dealership relocation, but more still can be done, judge says
A federal judge has sided with a Barrington-based dealer of luxury automobiles in the dealership’s ongoing dispute with General Motors over the automaker’s attempt to block the relocation of its Cadillac dealership — but only to a point. Motor Werks had sued GM because the auto dealer is trying to move its standalone Cadillac dealership in Barrington to a newly renovated auto mall.
The woman who is suing Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, alleging Rose and two of his friends entered her apartment without her consent two years ago and raped her, likely will need to continue the case in federal court in California, after Rose filed notice he intended to remove the litigation from California Superior Court. The accuser, a woman identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, filed a civil suit in August in Superior Court in California.
The city of Chicago can pull its controversial three-mile-radius car rental tax from the curb, after a state appellate panel determined the tax is a “use tax” assessed only on city residents using their rented vehicles in the city, and not an attempt to slap a transaction tax on vehicle rentals outside of city limits, which otherwise would have been an illegal extension of the city’s authority.
Officials in Cicero want to stop paying a contractor for towing and impounding vehicles, and the resulting dispute has spilled over into Cook County Circuit Court. Tuff Car Company, which has been the contracted towing firm for Cicero since 2005, earlier this month filed a complaint for injunctive relief against the town, which is seeking to terminate the contract before its scheduled expiration June 30, 2017.
Judge junks junk fax class action settlement deal to pay plaintiffs' lawyer 98 percent of proceeds, class members zero
Saying a proposed settlement agreement in which a lawyer would receive over 98 percent of the proceeds “does not come close to meeting the standards of fairness and reasonableness,” a federal judge in Chicago has rejected the request of two truck companies to settle a class action dispute over junk faxes sent by one of the companies. Grok Lines Inc., of Palatine, which initiated a class action claim against Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines, was pursuing a $100,000 settlement.
Already facing a class action over the price of generic drugs in San Francisco federal court, retail pharmacy giant CVS has again become the target of a similar complaint in federal court in Chicago. Robert Podgorny and Kevin P. Cauley are accusing the Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain of consumer fraud. They seek certification as a class, a jury trial, damages and injunctive relief. The complaint, filed Sept. 17, pinpoints the issue to November 2008, when CVS created its Health Savings Pass.
Chicago plaintiffs pour local lawsuit into mix of rising nationwide litigation vs McCormick over black pepper slack fill
Culinary experts may disagree on what constitutes a dash of pepper, but residents of Chicago and Altoona, Iowa, have joined their names to a growing list of litigants making a federal case out of the amount of the spice in jars sold by McCormick & Company throughout the country. Julia Vladimirsky, of Chicago, and Bernard Ortiz, of Altoona, Iowa, filed a class action complaint against spice purveyor McCormick and Wal-Mart Stores, alleging the companies changed the amount of black pepper in newer