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Fitbit, Fitbug patent tussle steps toward trial after judge nixes Fitbug's summary judgment ask

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2015, 12:23pm

Fitbit and Fitbug, two leading competing manufacturers of activity-tracking electronic devices, might be headed for trial after a federal judge rejected Fitbug’s request for summary judgment in a pending patent lawsuit. The matter dates to Feb. 20, 2014, when Fitbit sued Fitbug alleging a single count of patent infringement.

Lotto winners demand Lottery pay up despite state budget problems, stop selling tickets for large jackpot games

Scott Holland Sep. 10, 2015, 1:18pm

The state of Illinois has been operating since July 1 without a budget in place, causing a slowing or stoppage of payments in several arenas. One of those casualties was lottery players who won $25,000 or more on a single ticket. In response, two Illinois Lottery winners have filed a class action complaint against B.R. Lane, acting Illinois Lottery director, as well as the Lottery itself, the Lottery Control Board and Northstar Lottery Group, the private firm that operates lottery games in Illin

Judge clears sale of hotels worth $86 million amid ongoing First Farmers fraud litigation

Scott Holland Sep. 9, 2015, 10:11pm

The online sale of five hotel properties worth a combined $86 million is proceeding after a federal judge in Chicago approved the transaction, which is connected to an ongoing lawsuit regarding a multi-million dollar fraudulent loan scheme. Pennant Management is embroiled in legal proceedings after accusing First Farmers Financial of selling it the federally guaranteed portions of 26 fraudulent loans allegedly worth $180 million.

Weber lawsuit vs Sears over grill design more than just smoke, judge says

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2015, 12:51pm

The makers of the iconic Weber backyard grill may get their chance to prove at trial Sears intentionally aped the Weber design for its own store-brand grills, after a federal judge said there may be more than just smoke to Weber’s infringement claims against the retailer. Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, creator of the eponymous Weber Grill, filed suit in federal court in 2013 against Sears, alleging some Kenmore grills infringe on Weber’s trade dress.

Weevils in the Red Vines sparks lawsuit by Ferrara Candy vs American Licorice

Scott Holland Sep. 7, 2015, 12:20am

The candy man can take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew, but he apparently draws the line at rice weevils. Ferrara Candy Company, the century-old Oak Brook corporation behind iconic candy brands like Brach’s, Red Hots and Lemonheads, filed a federal complaint Aug. 31 in Chicago against American Licorice Company, which supplied Ferrara with its Red Vines candy, several batches of which were allegedly infested with rice weevils.

Judge ends discrimination suit vs Northwestern brought by male professor accused of sexual misdeeds

Scott Holland Sep. 1, 2015, 11:55pm

A federal judge has rejected a Northwestern University professor’s amended claim against the school, ending another chapter in a complex legal battle centered around his relationships with female students.

Tinley Park water customer hits village with class action for not replacing faulty meters, overcharging residents

Scott Holland Sep. 1, 2015, 12:15am

A Tinley Park resident seeks to initiate a class action suit against the village for failing to fix its smart water meters, and ultimately overcharging its residents and customers for their water. Omar Jaber, represented by his attorneys, Larry Drury and John H. Alexander & Associates, filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court’s Chancery Division Aug. 26 regarding Tinley Park’s use of digital meters used to record water usage over the preceding decade.

Adventure dating club faces potential class action over how it collects, manages member payments

Scott Holland Aug. 28, 2015, 12:21am

An Oak Forest woman hopes to bring a class action against a dating club she said improperly managed her account and refused to cancel her membership. On Aug. 26, Judy Radusewicz filed suit against Events & Adventures, a dating service operated by Adventures Northwest, a corporation based in Washington state. She had purchased a membership with the Chicago branch of the club in April.

Appellate court says judge erred in blocking man from retrieving his equipment from foreclosed shop

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2015, 11:38pm

An appellate panel has restored a Lake County man’s right to access expensive professional equipment inside a building he lost to foreclosure.

Appellate panel: Cook County can tax Rivers Casino's slot machines, other video gambling terminals

Scott Holland Aug. 24, 2015, 11:16pm

The operators of Rivers Casino were dealt a blow last week when a state appellate court overturned a Cook County judge’s decision vacating Cook County’s video gaming tax. Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, which operates the Des Plaines casino, had sought relief from Cook County’s tax on video gambling machines, prevailing upon Cook County Circuit Court Judge Robert Lopez Cepero to find the county tax ordinance was preempted by the state’s Riverboat Gambling Act.

CPA sues directors of defunct bank over loan to buy land secretly flipped by fellow bank director at double profit

Scott Holland Aug. 21, 2015, 12:57pm

A Hinsdale CPA who paid $3 million for farmland believed to be ripe for development near Minooka in 2005 has sued the directors of a defunct bank for allegedly defrauding him by loaning him money to buy the land, even as one of the bank’s directors flipped the land to him at a nearly 100 percent profit. John L. Beata, a certified public accountant, filed a fraud complaint in Cook County Circuit Court earlier this month aimed at the directors of the former New City Bank.

Municipal electric customers can't sue over rate hike caused by supplier 'misrepresentations'

Scott Holland Aug. 18, 2015, 8:57am

A federal judge in Chicago has rejected an attempt by residents of a west suburban community to win relief after their city’s municipal electric utility was forced to increased rates and taxes because a downstate electricity supplier had allegedly misled the city, and, by extension, its electric utility customers and residents, about the electricity it would supply.

Judge: No fraud claims, but Kraft can press contract suit vs supplier of buttermilk spray used for cheese powder

Scott Holland Aug. 13, 2015, 10:19pm

Kraft Foods' breach of contract lawsuit against a supplier lost steam this week when a federal judge in Chicago granted the defendant’s request to dismiss three of the four counts it faced. Northfield-based Kraft is suing SunOpta Ingredients, of Edina, Minn., which had sold Kraft a dried buttermilk product for more than 20 years until 2013, when Kraft allegedly learned SunOpta was no longer selling a pure buttermilk powder.

U of I professor who lost job over anti-Israeli tweets cleared to sue school over contract breach

Scott Holland Aug. 11, 2015, 12:12am

An outspoken professor embroiled in a dispute with the University of Illinois over the loss of his job after he posted controversial tweets about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be allowed to proceed with a breach of contract action against the school. A federal judge in Chicago last week ruled on several counts of the lawsuit Steve Salaita filed against the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Judge sacks class action over OT pay vs jobs board operator Careerbuilder

Scott Holland Jul. 28, 2015, 12:28am

CareerBuilder employees hoping to mount a class-action lawsuit against their employer are going to have to proceed on their own following a ruling in Chicago federal court.

Former NIU cop's lawsuit dismissed vs university amid renewed criminal action over sex assault allegations

Scott Holland Jul. 23, 2015, 10:47pm

A federal judge in Rockford has dismissed the lawsuit of a former Northern Illinois University police officer whose termination continues to embroil the DeKalb school in legal battles. Andrew Rifkin lost his job as an NIU police officer after being charged with felony criminal sexual assault in connection with an October 2011 incident involving an NIU freshman.

Evergreen Park family says village trustee, police officer harassed them, yet village, mayor did nothing about it

Scott Holland Jul. 21, 2015, 10:55pm

An Evergreen Park village trustee and police officer, as well as the village and its mayor, have all been sued over two years of harassment to which the trustee and police officer allegedly subjected an Evergreen Park family, without apology or corrective action from the village.

Appellate panel: City justified in denying Walmart River North liquor license over crime fears

Scott Holland Jul. 21, 2015, 11:51am

Walmart’s hopes to get a Chicago liquor license for its River North Walmart Express store suffered a major setback last week as a state appellate panel said the city was justified in denying the license over concerns allowing the retailer to sell alcohol could contribute to increased crime in the area.

Judge tosses $100 million suit vs Tollway over 'unconstitutional' collection practices

Scott Holland Jul. 17, 2015, 12:51pm

A federal judge has popped an Ohio man’s $100 million lawsuit against the Illinois Tollway for allegedly violating his constitutional rights through its toll collection process.

Families say companies which handle bodies donated for research sold deceased relatives' body parts

Scott Holland Jul. 15, 2015, 5:54pm

Two Illinois families are suing a handful of companies they accuse of adding their late relatives’ remains to “an illegal scheme to transport human body parts across state and international borders for profit.”