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IL appeals panel breaks with colleagues, says hospital tax exemptions constitutional

Scott Holland Dec. 23, 2016, 6:41pm

Even as they noted their decision conflicts with the findings of their colleagues in Springfield, a panel of state appeals court justices in Chicago has ruled the Illinois law exempting nonprofit hospitals from property taxes is, indeed, constitutional.

Credit voucher firm Vouchera accuses Frontier of breaking contract, smearing them to customers

Scott Holland Dec. 23, 2016, 10:04am

A breach of contract dispute between rival credit card processing firms who provided services to taxi operators in Chicago and elsewhere has pulled into federal court.  Vouchera, an Illinois firm whose principals are based in Arizona, filed the five-count complaint Dec. 19 in Chicago against Frontier Payments, of New York, and Vantiv Inc., of Ohio.

Judge tosses $70M RICO lawsuit accusing Navistar of selling shoddy school buses, profiting from repairs

Scott Holland Dec. 20, 2016, 4:05pm

Lisle-based truck and bus maker Navistar has for now escaped the need to face a $70 million racketeering lawsuit after a Chicago federal judge granted its motion to dismiss the complaint, which alleged it had sold shoddy school buses, and then profited on the back-end from needed and repeated repairs.

Chef, co-owner at Parthenon asks court to take over restaurant, says co-owners took $1M

Scott Holland Dec. 14, 2016, 2:12pm

A chef and minority shareholder in Chicago’s former Parthenon has asked a Cook County judge to intervene in management of the Greek restaurant's assets, saying the father and daughter team who owned the now-shuttered establishment took nearly $1 million for their own purposes.

Woman named in article about 2014 Sony hacking scandal can't sue Hollywood Reporter, judge says

Scott Holland Dec. 12, 2016, 5:18pm

A Manhattan, Ill., resident named in a Hollywood Reporter article about the 2014 Sony hacking scandal won’t be able to pursue her case after a federal judge granted the magazine’s motion for judgment in a Dec. 7 ruling. 

Brothers who headed Ditto Trade sue Wert, Tribune Media for defamation, demand $100M

Scott Holland Dec. 9, 2016, 2:47pm

The brothers who headed troubled online brokerage firm Ditto Trade are taking aim at Tribune Media Company and Chicago media executive Larry Wert, demanding $100 million for allegedly participating in an alleged scheme to ruin his reputation and his business. 

CTA must pay part-time bus drivers $7M to settle labor dispute over 2010 layoffs: Appellate order

Scott Holland Dec. 8, 2016, 3:13pm

The Chicago Transit Authority will need to pay a group of its part-time bus drivers more than $7 million after a state appellate panel upheld an arbitrator’s determination the bus drivers’ union was correct in believing the CTA had overworked the drivers, in violation of their collective bargaining agreement. 

Lawsuit alleges 'rogue officers' turned governance at Des Plaines Islamic center into 'shambles'

Scott Holland Dec. 2, 2016, 4:51pm

Taking aim at “rogue officers,” a Des Plaines man has filed a complaint against two people whom he said “turned the corporate governance of the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines into a shambles.” 

Federal judge expands power of 'Special Master' to review state agency political hiring practices

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 11:27pm

More than two years into an investigation of hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a federal judge has expanded the power of the review panel to cover all other state agencies under the oversight of Illinois' governor.

Judge: New jail policy allowed sheriff to avoid order to distribute prisoner rights journal to inmates

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 5:36pm

A federal judge has sided with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and its policy of keeping inmates at the county jail from reading magazines focused on the legal rights of prisoners.

Fisker investors class action: Bankers duped them into pouring funds into failed electric car biz

Scott Holland Nov. 28, 2016, 1:00pm

Facing a class-action complaint potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a group of investment bankers accused of misleading investors into pouring funds into a failed electric car venture – described as “the largest venture capital-backed debacle in U.S. history” - have taken the litigation to federal court.

Investors serve up Cook County court fight over funds at Harry Caray's Rosemont

Scott Holland Nov. 23, 2016, 4:46pm

The partners who own and run the Rosemont location of Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse are squaring off over the restaurant’s finances, as one of the partners claims the others may be maneuvering to squeeze him out of his cut of the restaurant’s proceeds. 

Walgreens: Didn't mislead anyone to pay a Chicago beverage tax; judge should dismiss class action

Scott Holland Nov. 22, 2016, 6:23pm

Walgreens has asked a judge to dismiss a class action complaint it faces over a nickel beverage tax. In a Nov. 2 Cook County Circuit Court filing, Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance asked Judge Diane J. Larsen to dismiss a complaint Destin McIntosh filed Aug. 15, in which McIntosh claimed the pharmacy giant improperly charged a 5-cent tax. 

Lawsuit: Northern Trust should pay class action settlement for falsely certifying client's ability to pay

Scott Holland Nov. 18, 2016, 5:17pm

Two law firms seeking money owed by a real estate  management company following a class action complaint are chasing the $845,000 settlement in Cook County Circuit Court, demanding Northern Trust Company be held liable for the sum for allegedly providing a letter purportedly verifying the real estate management group had the required cash on hand, when it actually did not.

Appeals panel tosses 'labyrinth' of suits vs lawyers from man whose wife died in Colorado bus accident

Scott Holland Nov. 16, 2016, 12:09pm

A state appeals panel has cut through a complex web of legal malpractice actions brought by a man who had essentially alleged many of his ex-lawyers had conspired with intercity bus operator Greyhound Lines to keep him from suing over his wife’s death in a bus accident 15 years ago. The appellate order upheld a circuit court ruling on the consolidated cases that has involved several Illinois attorneys and more than 25 appeals. 

Family feud over fate of Kirlins Hallmark retail empire lands in federal court; $20M at stake

Scott Holland Nov. 11, 2016, 1:32pm

Brother has been pitted against brothers in a $20 million federal lawsuit over the future of a company that once owned the largest number of Hallmark stores in the country. 

Bicyclist wins new chance on appeal to sue Chicago Park Dist. for fall on Lakefront Trail

Scott Holland Nov. 10, 2016, 11:39pm

A bicyclist who injured himself in a Lakefront Trail fall will get another day in court in his complaint targeting the Chicago Park District for failing to fix a crack in the pavement he said caused his spill. 

Judge won't force condo association to allow woman to rent condo as 'reasonable accommodation'

Scott Holland Nov. 8, 2016, 7:09pm

A 94-year-old Oak Park woman could not get a federal judge on her side in a dispute with her condo association, who she says owes her the right, under federal law, to rent her condo while she undergoes medical treatments, despite association rules.

Tadros sues ex-partner Matthew for defamation; says statements cost Bow Truss Coffee big business

Scott Holland Nov. 2, 2016, 4:30pm

Former business partners are on opposite sides of a defamation lawsuit, as Bow Truss Coffee founder Philip Tadros said statements made by investor Alan Matthew have cost his business big money.

Panel: Chicago commission OK to order condo association to pay lesbian couple's $68K legal bills

Scott Holland Nov. 1, 2016, 7:01pm

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations acted properly in awarding more than $68,000 in legal fees to a lesbian couple who had complained their building’s owners association had harassed and discriminated against them for being lesbians, a state appeals panel has ruled.