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KFC restaurants hit with class action over collection of Cook County 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 20, 2017, 8:55pm

Yum Brands, the parent company of fast food chain KFC and other international fast food brands, has become the latest to catch legal heat for allegedly improperly collecting Cook County’s so-called “pop tax.”

Attorney says class action lawsuits over 'soda pop tax' only designed to pour a quick lawyer payday

Dee Thompson Sep. 15, 2017, 12:22am

The controversial new “soda pop tax” that went into effect last month has already sparked class-action lawsuits against retailers and restaurants for allegedly miscalculating the tax, but David Almeida, an attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, believes these suits likely are aimed only at generating quick paydays for plaintiffs' lawyers.

Illinois' legal climate among nation's worst, survey says

Karen Kidd Sep. 12, 2017, 9:43pm

Cook County's increasingly bad reputation for attracting lawsuits from across the nation has contributed significantly to helping the state rank again among the worst legal climates in the nation in a recent national survey.

Sentinel Offender Services LLC, Cook County accused of failing to monitor juvenile offender who assaulted, robbed woman

Louie Torres Sep. 7, 2017, 3:00am

A woman is suing Cook County and Sentinel Offender Services LLC for alleged negligence, for not monitoring a juvenile offender wearing an electronic montirong anklet who later assaulted and robbed the woman.

Class action says PepsiCo charged Cook County 'pop tax' to bottled water sold at vending machines

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 9:57pm

PepsiCo has become the latest soft drinks vendor to be accused of not properly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” after a Chicago law firm which has already sued 7-Eleven, Subway and Jewel-Osco, also filed suit against PepsiCo, saying the food and beverage giant should be made to pay for allegedly forcing customers to pay the county tax on bottled water purchased at Pepsi-branded vending machines.

Proposed legislation to nix Cook County soda tax could conflict with Illinois home rule principle

Karen Kidd Aug. 30, 2017, 12:02am

While polling data indicates Cook County's new so-called "pop tax" is largely unpopular, two proposals filed in the Illinois General Assembly to flush the tax could infringe on the principle of home rule.

Circle K, Jewel, Subway added to list of shops sued over collection of Cook County's 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 23, 2017, 12:21pm

Add three more retailers and restaurants to the list of those targeted by lawsuits over the collection of Cook County’s so-called “pop tax,” as new plaintiffs have brought actions against Circle K convenience stores, Jewel food stores and Subway restaurants operating in and around Chicago.

Class action adds 7-Eleven to list of retailers being sued for Cook County 'pop tax' collections

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 10, 2017, 12:16pm

Add 7-Eleven to the list of retailers now facing a class action lawsuit over the collection of Cook County’s controversial so-called ‘pop tax.’

McDonald's, local franchisees added to menu of retailers getting sued over 'pop tax' collections

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 9, 2017, 1:13pm

McDonald’s and some of its local franchisees have become the next seller of sweetened beverages to land on the menu of those facing a class action lawsuit over the collection of the Cook County “pop tax.”

Cook County drops demand for retailers to pay $17M for challenging 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 8, 2017, 10:26pm

Cook County has dropped its bid to force a group of area grocers and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association to hand over $17 million for bringing a failed legal challenge to the county’s so-called “pop tax.”

Cook County merchants left to figure out how to adjust practices, limit consumer options to collect 'pop tax'

Glenn Minnis Aug. 8, 2017, 4:24pm

Retailers have been left to determine how to adjust their practices and whether to reduce customer options in light of the courts' decisions to allow Cook County to impose its penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

Class action: Walgreens wrongly charged Cook 'pop tax'; retailers had warned such suits were coming

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 8, 2017, 3:15pm

Walgreens has become the first retailer hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly wrongly making customers pay Cook County’s so-called “pop tax” on drink purchases that should have been exempt, just two days after the tax began to be collected and about a week after a judge brushed aside retailers' concerns they could be targeted by such litigation.

County demands grocers, Retail Merchants group pay $17M for challenging 'pop tax' in court

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 3, 2017, 4:05pm

Cook County has launched what a judge has called an “unprecedented” and “chilling” attempt to force an industry group and six supermarket companies who challenged the county’s new so-called “pop tax” to pay the county at least $17 million for suing and securing a restraining order which delayed the implantation of the tax by nearly a month.

New Cook County paid sick leave laws could mean legal trouble for employers if ignored

Kacie Whaley Aug. 1, 2017, 5:00am

The new paid sick leave ordinances that have taken effect in Chicago and Cook County are not only likely to interfere with many employers' worker requirements, but could spell big trouble for employers who ignore them.

Judge flushes retailers' concerns over Cook County 'soda tax'; tax cleared to take effect Aug. 2

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 28, 2017, 3:59pm

Residents and shoppers in Cook County could soon pay significantly more for their soda, sweet tea, iced coffee and other bottled and fountain drinks, after a Cook County judge refused to extend an order barring the county from collecting its penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

Cook County officials bank on legally imperiled beverage tax to balance county budget

John Breslin Jul. 24, 2017, 4:02pm

As a Cook County judge prepares to rule later this week on whether the county should be allowed to begin collecting its so-called sweetened beverage tax, county officials say the county has banked much of its budget hopes for the coming year on the $17 million a month in revenue they expect the tax will pour into county coffers.

Cook County soda tax to remain blocked, for at least a few more days, appeals panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 10, 2017, 4:27pm

A state appeals court has rejected Cook County’s attempt to lift a stay on the county’s new so-called soda tax, directing a Cook County judge to proceed with plans to hear arguments on whether enforcement of the tax should be more permanently blocked.

Retailers could face new litigation threat, expenses under 'poorly written' Cook County 'soda tax' rules

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 5, 2017, 3:02pm

Already facing a litany of potential litigation threats, retailers in Cook County could soon need to take steps to minimize a new threat, popping up thanks to what they call Cook County’s poorly written and potentially unlawful “soda tax.”

Judge OKs retailers' request, bottles Cook County 'soda tax' for now

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 30, 2017, 4:47pm

A Cook County judge has decided to bottle up, for now, Cook County’s plan to begin collecting a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages.

Retailers: Cook County soda tax unconstitutional, leaving drink sellers exposed to penalties, lawsuits

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 27, 2017, 3:47pm

Saying Cook County rules would leave them unable to collect and pay the proper amount of taxes on the sodas, sweet teas and other sweetened drinks they sell, while leaving them exposed to penalties and lawsuits, a group of grocers, through their trade association, have asked a Cook County judge to block the scheduled July 1 implementation of the county’s so-called soda tax.