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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.”

Former Argonne worker alleges lab, police falsely charged him with theft to fire him

Scott Holland Jul. 15, 2015, 9:47am

A former employee at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Lemont is suing over claims the lab and DuPage County Sheriff's police falsely charged him with stealing lab property, allowing lab management, with whom he had fallen out of favor, to fire him.

Sleep center manager sues former partner, attorney for malpractice over business dream turned nightmare

Scott Holland Jul. 14, 2015, 12:35pm

The former manager of a chain of northern Illinois sleep clinics has sued her former business partner and attorney for legal malpractice, alleging the lawyer violated professional conduct rules when she allegedly ignored conflicts of interest in scuttling the sale of the sleep clinics and, when the clinics began to suffer financial losses, allegedly deceiving her into assuming the financial liabilities.

Chicago activists sue suburban villages over alleged lack of gun shop regulation

Scott Holland Jul. 11, 2015, 9:58am

The Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities is pursuing legal action against three suburban villages, alleging a lax attitude toward gun shop regulations is, in part, responsible for crimes committed in Chicago.

Argosy U. sued over claims its marketing calls to cell phones violated federal law

Scott Holland Jul. 10, 2015, 11:55am

A for-profit institute of higher education being sued for placing telemarketing calls to mobile phones has asked to move the case to a higher authority. In early June, Anthony J. Gerhardt filed a class action complaint in Cook County Circuit Court against Argosy Education Group, which runs Argosy University. About a month later, Argosy has filed a notice to remove the case to federal court.

Equity firm alleges associates of developer Bossy enabled his efforts to dodge loan obligations, maintain 'posh' lifestyle

Scott Holland Jul. 9, 2015, 10:31am

A Chicago equity firm is seeking to recover millions it claims to have lost in what it alleges was a an intricate asset-shifting scheme designed by a commercial developer to maintain a posh lifestyle. Venture Equities Management filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court based on the actions of David Bossy, a longtime commercial real estate broker and developer of multiple Chicago area shopping centers and other projects.

Legal secretary sues Winston & Strawn, alleges was subjected to discrimination, harassment over epilepsy, hearing loss

Scott Holland Jul. 6, 2015, 11:41am

A lawyer, who works as a legal secretary at Winston & Strawn in Chicago, is seeking at least $6 million in damages from the firm, alleging she was subjected to discrimination and harassment as she suffered hearing loss and symptoms of epilepsy.

Mastro's busser brings class action vs steakhouse restaurant over tip pooling system

Scott Holland Jul. 1, 2015, 2:22pm

A man who worked as a busser at the Mastro’s Steakhouse in Chicago is suing the company for allegedly improperly operating a tip pooling system in violation of state and federal wage laws.

Exec. Asst. to former Bellwood school superintendent says district fired her for taking sides in political spat

Scott Holland Jun. 29, 2015, 12:10pm

The executive assistant to the former schools superintendent in suburban Bellwood has sued the community’s school district for firing her, claiming local politics lay at the center of the school board’s decision to fire her shortly after terminating her boss.

Chiquita sues Chicago area grocer for naming stores, products using the Spanish word it says it owns

Scott Holland Jun. 26, 2015, 4:55pm

Chiquita Brands is suing Alfredo Linares Inc. for trademark infringement and unfair competition. ALI, Chicquita claims, changed the name of its northern Illinois grocery stores and restaurants to Chiquita Food Market in 2013, and uses the Chiquita name for store-brand meats and spices.

Female orthopedic surgeon sues Stroger Hospital for discrimination, alleges pays male colleagues more

Scott Holland Jun. 22, 2015, 10:37am

Alleges large pay gap, despite more experience than male counterparts

California businessman alleges Chicago lawyer helped Indian business partner freeze him out of LLC

Scott Holland Jun. 20, 2015, 6:12pm

Alleges lawyer helped nonresident alien improperly open bank account, funnel money to partner

Judge: Bowling equipment must abide at Antioch bowling alley in foreclosure

Scott Holland Jun. 19, 2015, 9:30am

Quoting from the cult classic film “The Big Lebowski,” a federal judge has settled a property dispute between an Antioch bowling proprietor and the bank that owned the mortgage on the building.“The character Walter Sobchak once said, ‘This is bowling. There are rules,’” U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall wrote. “If only the same could be said regarding how the law classifies property items in a bowling

Judge: Bowling equipment cannot be split, must abide at Antioch bowling alley in foreclosure

Scott Holland Jun. 19, 2015, 9:07am

Sides with bank in dispute over whether equipment is 'fixtures' or personal property that can be sold

Judge won't bar path to continuing litigation over Rosemont parking garage gate system failure

Scott Holland Jun. 15, 2015, 11:10am

The operators of a prominent Rosemont parking garage and an equipment supplier they hired to design a new gated entry system for their garage and for other vendors to which they wished to market the new product will continue to wage their legal battle after a federal judge ruled the standoff needs further proceedings to be sorted out. On June 10, U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso rejected an attempt

Kohl's wins chance to argue class action should be nixed in ADA suit over store layouts

Scott Holland Jun. 9, 2015, 11:30am

Retailer Kohl’s has won the chance to demonstrate why a group which advocates for the rights of those with disabilities should not be allowed to turn a lawsuit over disability access at its stores into a class action with potential plaintiffs numbering in the thousands.

Lorillard Tobacco Co. cleared to continue suit vs. security firm over warehouse heist of cigarettes worth millions

Scott Holland Jun. 4, 2015, 3:32pm

A lawsuit alleging a security firm actually paved the way for a burglary will proceed following a judge’s refusal to dismiss the complaint.Greensboro, N.C.-based Lorillard Tobacco is suing Tyco Integrated Security, which is headquartered in the U.S. in Boca Raton, Fla., in federal court in Chicago, accusing the security company of failing to adequately protect a cigarette warehouse in East Peoria.

Former Blackhawks player, Lightning coach Steve Ludzik sues NHL over concussions

Scott Holland Jun. 3, 2015, 10:26am

On the eve of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final involving the organizations for which he played and coached professionally, former Chicago Blackhawks standout Steve Ludzik has added his name to a growing list of former professional hockey players suing the NHL in connection with concussions suffered during his playing career.