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Judge: 2012 deal may tap brakes on suit vs GM over block of Motor Werks Cadillac dealership relocation

Scott Holland Mar. 17, 2017, 12:01am

A federal judge has refused a request by a Barrington-based dealer of luxury automobiles to give it the win in the dealership’s ongoing dispute with General Motors over the automaker’s attempt to block the relocation of its Cadillac dealership to Motor Werks’ new auto mall. 

Bluetooth-enabled vibrator maker settles digital privacy class action for $3.7M

Scott Holland Mar. 14, 2017, 2:45pm

The maker of a high-tech Bluetooth-enabled personal intimacy device has reached a $3.7 million settlement with a woman, on behalf of classes of other plaintiffs, who had accused the company of improperly collecting private information in a class action complaint filed last year. 

Federal judge kicks contractors' tussle over CTA HVAC renovation project to state court

Scott Holland Mar. 11, 2017, 12:16am

A dispute between two air conditioning manufacturers over a CTA contract won’t continue in federal court after a judge in Chicago relinquished jurisdiction and dismissed the action, allowing it to be filed again in state court. 

Chicago Public Schools asks court to order ex-charter school operator to show how it spent $25M

Scott Holland Mar. 10, 2017, 12:30am

Chicago Public Schools is accusing former charter school operator Prologue Inc. of withholding financial documents that would reveal whether it mismanaged $25 million in public funds, according to a complaint filed March 3 in Cook County Circuit Court. 

Class action: Walgreens, CVS, Osco overcharging diabetics on Medicare for insulin pumps, supplies

Scott Holland Mar. 7, 2017, 6:18pm

A Geneva resident who says pharmacies are overcharging people with diabetes for medication is pursuing a class action complaint against some of the country’s largest retail drug stores in Chicago federal court, seeking at least $5 million. 

Man suing U of Chicago for 'anti-male' assault policies settles with female accuser, keeps suing school

Scott Holland Mar. 3, 2017, 10:42pm

A University of Chicago student suing the school over anti-male bias built into its sexual assault investigation system is continuing his lawsuit against the school, in which he is demanding $1.35 million, even though the school purportedly dropped its disciplinary action against him, and after he settled with a female student who allegedly triggered the disciplinary action by accusing him of sexual assault. 

Class action accuses Paypal of mishandling charitable donations made through its Giving Fund

Scott Holland Mar. 1, 2017, 5:25pm

A Highland Park charity and a donor are accusing PayPal of illegally withholding and redirecting donations intended to benefit certain charities in a class action complaint filed Feb. 28 in Chicago federal court.

Wolfgang Puck asks court to reduce heat in trademark fight over 'The Kitchen'

Scott Holland Feb. 27, 2017, 8:38pm

A celebrity chef has asked a federal court to turn down the heat brought by a competing restaurant group cooking up a legal storm over whether they can legally stake a trademark claim to “the kitchen.”  Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc. filed a complaint Feb. 24 in Chicago in hopes of preventing The Kitchen Café LLC  from asserting protectable trademark rights over the term “The Kitchen.”

Ex-Cicero mayor candidate can't sue opponents for 'conspiracy' to sink candidacy

Scott Holland Feb. 24, 2017, 10:58pm

A state appeals court has upheld a Cook County judge’s dismissal of a complaint filed by a man who claimed a conspiracy of his political opponents torpedoed his bid to become Cicero’s chief executive.

Church wins OK to continue to jury with claims Burbank discriminated by denying permit for sanctuary

Scott Holland Feb. 23, 2017, 5:26pm

A church will be allowed to press its claim that a southwest suburban Cook County government owes it some money for allegedly discriminating against the congregation and torpedoing the church’s deal in place to buy land for a new sanctuary. 

Lemonis responds to lawsuit over Bow Truss, accuses Tadros in countersuit of withholding key info

Scott Holland Feb. 21, 2017, 11:59pm

Less than three weeks after being targeted in a $26 million lawsuit over a soured acquisition, celebrity investor Marcus Lemonis has countersued his erstwhile business partner, Chicago businessman and the founder of Bow Truss Coffee, Phil Tadros. 

Judge: Class action OK vs Stericycle over medical waste disposal billing fraud accusations

Scott Holland Feb. 21, 2017, 12:44am

A federal judge has cleared the way for a nationwide class action to proceed against Stericycle over allegations the Lake Forest-based regulated waste disposal giant for years used an automatic price-increasing scheme to defraud customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

IL Sup. Ct.: City must give proper notice to collect fines; appearance by non-lawyer 'immaterial'

Scott Holland Feb. 18, 2017, 1:04am

Illinois’ highest state court has sidestepped delivering a definitive answer to the question of whether non-lawyers can represent corporations in administrative law proceedings. But justices of the Illinois Supreme Court have let stand an appellate court’s finding that the city of Chicago can’t sidestep the need to properly send ordinance violation notices by citing the appearance at an administrative hearing by just anyone purportedly on behalf of a company the city may be seeking to fine.

Lawsuit: Article published in ABA Journal targeted forensic document examiners certification board

Scott Holland Feb. 16, 2017, 1:39pm

The American Bar Association has brought to Chicago federal court a legal dispute over an article run in an ABA journal, which a forensic document examiners certifying agency said was intended to drive them from the market. 

Judge nearly grounds Bensenville homeowners lawsuit vs Chicago over O'Hare air traffic

Scott Holland Feb. 13, 2017, 4:28pm

A Cook County judge has nearly grounded a lawsuit brought by Bensenville homeowners against the city of Chicago, saying the homeowners have more work to do to prove they can sue the city for directing a steady stream of aircraft over their homes every day from a new runway at O'Hare.

CVS can be sued in Illinois for automated calls to remind about flu shots, federal judge says

Scott Holland Feb. 10, 2017, 3:58pm

A class action suit against CVS Pharmacy and its MinuteClinic will proceed after a federal judge in Chicago denied a motion to dismiss the complaint, saying the drug store chain can’t shake the lawsuit accusing them of breaking federal anti-robocalling laws when the clinic placed calls to people’s mobile phones to remind them about getting flu shots. 

Bow Truss Coffee hits Lemonis with $26M lawsuit, claiming celebrity investor ground company down

Scott Holland Feb. 8, 2017, 2:23pm

A financially troubled Chicago coffee purveyor is taking aim at a television personality and investor in a $26 million, five-count complaint filed Feb. 1 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Ticket broker says Chicago Cubs wrongly canceled his 30 season tickets, owe him seats for 2017

Scott Holland Feb. 7, 2017, 7:38pm

A Pennsylvania ticket broker is suing the Cubs, saying the team refused to renew his season tickets. 

Lawsuit alleges systematic hazing, mistreatment of athletes dating back decades at Lake Zurich H.S.

Scott Holland Feb. 2, 2017, 12:16pm

Alleging systematic hazing going back two decades, the families of two Lake Zurich High School football players filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 1 against the school, administrators and coaches.

White woman's lawsuit placed on hold vs sperm bank over insemination via black donor

Scott Holland Feb. 2, 2017, 12:35am

A high-profile lawsuit brought against an Illinois sperm bank by a white woman who claims she was wrongfully impregnated by a black donor’s sperm is on hold after a federal judge in Chicago granted a motion to stay the case, to allow an Illinois appeals court to decide the fate of a nearly identical lawsuit dismissed from DuPage County court.