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Landlord can't sue city of Zion over 'discriminatory' fees that target minority housing, judge says

Scott Holland Jan. 26, 2017, 4:36pm

A Zion city ordinance does not violate the federal Fair Housing Act, despite the assertions of a landlord the ordinance effectively targets apartment buildings with large numbers of black and Hispanic residents, a federal judge has ruled. 

Appeals panel: City of Harvey can't argue its way out of paying police pension fund $7M

Scott Holland Jan. 25, 2017, 11:55am

Perhaps ending a dispute that dates back more than a decade, an Illinois appeals court has ordered the city of Harvey to pay more than $7 million to its police pension fund. 

Class action: $400 Louisville Slugger bats contain design bug, but maker tried to swing it as a feature

Scott Holland Jan. 24, 2017, 6:46pm

Louisville Slugger and Wilson Sporting Goods are defendants in a federal class action complaint over the quality of $400 baseball bats. 

Clergy sex abuse survivors group ran kickback scheme with lawyers, says ex-fundraiser's lawsuit

Scott Holland Jan. 23, 2017, 2:58pm

A former fundraiser at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has sued her ex-employer, accusing the Chicago-based self-help agency for victims of clergy sexual abuse of firing her after she exposed an alleged kickback scheme between the Network and trial lawyers suing on behalf of the victims.

Ex-sorority president seeks to overturn $1.6M arbitration award over embezzlement claims

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2017, 5:21pm

An Olympia Fields woman who worked with a Chicago-based sorority for more than 40 years is trying to get a court to overturn an arbitrator’s decision that could cost her $1.6 million.

Seventh Circuit: Chicago's 'elaborate scheme' to effectively ban shooting ranges unconstitutional

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2017, 2:09pm

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a Chicago ordinance that regulates firearm shooting ranges and the age of minors who can visit them is unconstitutional.

$5M settlement to end Bedtime Bath products class action vs Johnson & Johnson; $1.5M for lawyers

Scott Holland Jan. 19, 2017, 4:31pm

The people behind a false advertising class action lawsuit that said Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath baby products did not make babies as sleepy as the company claimed are asking a judge to formally approve a $5 million settlement, according to a motion filed Jan. 4. The settlement would include nearly $1.5 million for attorneys, while the individual plaintiffs would collect service awards of $5,000 each. Members of the class could receive up to $15 each, if they submit eligible claims. 

Commodity futures brokerage can sue ex-lawyer for bad advice, despite faulty summons: Appeals court

Scott Holland Jan. 16, 2017, 12:22pm

A Cook County judge was wrong to dismiss a $496,000 legal malpractice case a commodity futures brokerage had lodged against its ex-lawyer, simply because its initial attempt to serve the lawyer with a summons failed, a state appeals court has ruled. 

Class action: Zoomer food delivery service broke US phone law by sending texts to hawk app

Scott Holland Jan. 13, 2017, 7:01pm

Zoomer, a company which provides third-party “independent contractor” drivers to pick up and deliver take-out meals on behalf of restaurants, is facing a class action complaint over text messages the company sent to restaurant customers to promote its delivery tracking smartphone app. 

7th Circuit: Olive Garden parent can't be hit with class action over vacation pay policies

Scott Holland Jan. 10, 2017, 2:58pm

The parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chain restaurant brands has won a legal victory after a federal appeals panel refused to certify a class action over unpaid vacation time, saying the restaurant group’s change to its “anniversary pay” policies shouldn't subject it to a class action lawsuit.

Appeals court: Vendor's insurer must cover Target's settlement costs for fallen fitting room door

Scott Holland Jan. 6, 2017, 5:32pm

An insurance company is obligated to defend Target in a six-figure claim awarded to a woman who was injured when a fitting room door fell on her at a suburban store, a panel of U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges has ruled.

Air Force vet says Metra cops wrongly confronted, arrested him after he plugged in laptop at Ogilvie

Scott Holland Jan. 4, 2017, 6:13pm

An Air Force veteran has accused two Metra Police officers of violating his civil rights after they asked him why he was using an outlet to charge his computer. 

IL Supreme Ct: Broadview term limits referendum not too 'vague'; appeals court chided for sending 'local' case

Scott Holland Jan. 3, 2017, 12:01pm

The Illinois Supreme Court determined a Broadview term limits ordinance can stand, affirming an appellate decision which said the referendum's language concerning to whom the term limits would apply was not too "vague" to allow voters the chance to impose term limits on current and future village presidents in the suburban community.

Immigrant carnival workers sue North American Midway Entertainment, say they've been shorted OT pay

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2016, 11:36am

A carnival operator which has billed itself as “the world’s largest traveling outdoor amusement park,” providing carnival services to 10 of the 50 largest fairs in North America, including the Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky state fairs, is facing a class action wage complaint from employees who allege violations of laws in five states. 

Federal judge to allow class action vs Bridgeview Bank over loan officer OT pay

Scott Holland Dec. 29, 2016, 3:35pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an order certifying a class of plaintiffs suing Bridgeview Bank for not properly paying its loan officers.

SailTime boat-sharing parent company countersues to avoid liability in 2014 Lake Michigan deaths

Scott Holland Dec. 26, 2016, 3:19pm

A 2014 Lake Michigan boating death, which already gave rise to one lawsuit, is at the center of a counterclaim action filed Dec. 9 in Cook County Circuit Court, as the parent organization for a Chicago area boat-sharing group has filed suit to ask a judge to declare it should not be forced to share in the defense against the lawsuit over the boating accident.

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.