Class action demands Chicago refund all property transfer taxes charged to buyers of Fannie Mae foreclosures
A woman who bought a home last year in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood believes the city improperly charged her taxes on her purchase of the formerly foreclosed property from Fannie Mae, and she has filed a class action to demand the city pay her back, as well as perhaps thousands of others who have paid real estate transfer taxes to the city for property they, too, purchased from either of the federal mortgage giants.
John Crane says Ford lawyers' asbestos sanctions motion a 'witch hunt' to advance 'implausible conspiracy theory'
A manufacturer named as a defendant in about 75,000 asbestos personal injury cases nationwide has pushed back against a request for sanctions from lawyers representing Ford Motor Company, who have accused their client of being a “shill” to prevent other defendants from transferring cases out of Cook County Circuit Court, saying Ford has no basis to support an “implausible conspiracy theory” serving as a pretense for the chance to fish for privileged information.
Lawsuit vs Illinois State Police demands state homicide, killings data not reported to FBI since 1994
A Hoffman Estates lawyer who heads an online project designed to track how police report and solve murder cases in Illinois and nationwide says the Illinois State Police have withheld data from him and the public, and a judge should order them to turn over the information. On Dec. 3, attorney Thomas Hargrove, director of the Murder Accountability Project, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Illinois State Police.
South Loop apartment building owners, managers hit with class action over unpaid security deposit interest
A South Loop apartment tenant who believes her landlords wrongly deprived her of interest on her security deposit, which she asserts is owed to her and other tenants under city ordinance, has brought a class action against her landlords, demanding they pay her and others like her double their money back, with interest. Cheryl McPhearson filed the class-action complaint Nov. 25 in Cook County Circuit Court.
Sanctions sought vs asbestos trial lawyers for using John Crane Inc. as 'shill' to keep cases in Cook County
Attorneys for defendants in a Cook County asbestos case have brought an action against the opposing counsel in the case, asking the court to punish the plaintiff’s attorneys and the counsel for John Crane Inc., one of the other defendants named in the case, for their alleged use of Crane as a "shill" to prevent defendants from transferring the case and others like it out of Cook County Circuit Court.
Cook Circuit Clerk improperly collects fees on motions that aren't 'final,' class action lawsuit says
The Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office has been hit with a potential class action lawsuit, brought by litigants who claim the office has improperly collected fees for interlocutory motions filed over various questions arising while cases are still in process in Cook County Circuit Court. Midwest Medical Records Association filed the class-action complaint Nov. 19, naming Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown, as well as co-defendants Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappasand the county itself.