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Software exec waited too long to sue finance pros over bad advice for $250 million investments resulting in huge tax bill

Scott Holland Nov. 10, 2015, 10:31am

A software executive has said a group of investment bankers led him to put his money into a scheme frowned upon by federal tax collectors, but a state appellate court has found, like a trial court before them, that he ran out of time to sue his erstwhile financial advisers at Deutsche Bank and BDO.

Woman says Hollywood Reporter magazine falsely implicated her in report on 2014 Sony cyberattack

Scott Holland Nov. 9, 2015, 12:34pm

A resident of far south suburban Manhattan has brought a defamation action against the publisher of an entertainment magazine and two writers, saying she was improperly implicated in a magazine article as having played a role in the 2014 Sony computer hacking attack.

Chicago Steel hockey team owners face off in court over funds from sale of club to new ownership group

Scott Holland Nov. 6, 2015, 3:39pm

Partners in a minor league hockey outfit are now facing off in Cook County court over the alleged refusal of the majority partner to pay a minority partner his winnings after netting a sale of the club for $2.75 million earlier this year.

Dentist slaps ABC7 with defamation suit over news report on his dental implant practice

Scott Holland Nov. 4, 2015, 12:03am

A Chicago television station is facing legal action from a Chicago dentist covered in an investigative report aired by the station about one year ago. Irfan Atcha, a dentist who has practiced since 1996, is pursuing a defamation lawsuit against Chicago ABC affiliate station WLS-TV, as well as against ABC itself and ABC’s parent company, Disney. Atcha is a Chicago resident. He operates Dyer Family Dentistry in Dyer, Ind., as well as No Dentures, of Chicago. 

Assistant manager OK to sue DSW over claims she was wrongly fired for calling cops to stop shoplifting

Scott Holland Nov. 2, 2015, 11:41am

A federal judge has sided with an assistant manager who lost her job at a shoe store after she called police to curb a potential shoplifting incident in progress, ruling the woman can proceed with a lawsuit against her former employer for allegedly violating Illinois’ whistleblower law.

Regency beauty school students not entitled to pay for the work they do for paying customers at the school, judge says

Scott Holland Oct. 30, 2015, 6:05pm

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.

Chicago bar, nightclub developers sue over partner's alleged pilfering of $2 million

Scott Holland Oct. 29, 2015, 10:25am

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

Scott Holland Oct. 27, 2015, 11:24am

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

Scott Holland Oct. 23, 2015, 8:58am

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"

Scott Holland Oct. 22, 2015, 9:55am

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

Scott Holland Oct. 20, 2015, 2:45pm

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.”

Dispute over who should run O'Hare perishable import facility spills into court after partnership wilts

Scott Holland Oct. 19, 2015, 2:35pm

Two businessmen who claim they are the originators of the idea to build a facility to handle fresh flowers and other perishable imports at O’Hare International Airport are suing an investor they claim joined their business venture, only to take it over and cut them out.

Lawsuit: Wheaton City Hall, developer conspired to prevent couple from finishing work on home addition

Scott Holland Oct. 14, 2015, 6:35pm

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

Scott Holland Oct. 9, 2015, 11:37pm

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

Scott Holland Oct. 7, 2015, 11:37am

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

Dolton trustees say village recall ordinance, supported by mayor, unconstitutional abuse of power

Scott Holland Oct. 5, 2015, 10:21pm

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

Scott Holland Oct. 2, 2015, 8:27am

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.

Sexual assault civil suit vs Derrick Rose removed to federal court in L.A.

Scott Holland Sep. 29, 2015, 11:13pm

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.

Appellate panel: Chicago's three-mile radius car rental tax OK as tax on 'use' not 'transaction'

Scott Holland Sep. 29, 2015, 4:20pm

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.

Cicero, towing company head to court over town's move to cut loose towing contract

Scott Holland Sep. 28, 2015, 11:58am

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.