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Lawsuit demands IL pay schools based on 'evidence-based' funding plan called for in state budget

Scott Holland Aug. 15, 2017, 10:37am

Parents of Illinois public school students have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to secure what they consider adequate funding for the coming school year.

Zillow: 'Zestimates' constitutionally protected opinions, no appraisers license needed to publish

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 28, 2017, 8:29pm

Comparing their “zestimates” – proprietary online estimates of homes’ values – to editorials published by newspapers or ratings and reviews of various products and services published in print and online, the operators of real estate website Zillow have asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a north suburban lawyer and the owners of a Schaumburg-based home development company accusing Zillow of improperly hampering their efforts to sell their homes for what the plaintiffs believe they are worth.

Judge won't short-circuit class action accusing Google Photos of breaking IL biometric privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 28, 2017, 4:04pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused Google’s request to delete a class action lawsuit accusing the tech titan of violating an Illinois law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its cloud-based Google Photos service without first collecting written authorization from those whose faces were scanned.

Online college claims accreditation agency made it a ‘sacrificial lamb’ to appease Congress

Dana Herra Jan. 5, 2017, 5:43pm

Ivy Bridge, a defunct online college, has brought to Chicago federal court its lawsuit against an accreditation agency it says made the college a “sacrificial lamb” to prove to Congress that the agency had not become lax in accrediting nontraditional institutions. 

Judge puts to bed Schiller Park woman's try to unmask blogger, says 'defamatory' blog posts actually free speech

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 11, 2015, 10:09pm

A Cook County judge has bid good night to the attempt of a woman involved in Schiller Park community politics to unmask the identity of a local blogger she believes defamed her online, saying the blogger’s allegedly defamatory writings are actually easily identified as constitutionally protected statements of opinion and satire.

Judge: Dollar General must tell how it screens job applicants, EEOC doesn't need to supply info on why it brought disparate impact action

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 18, 2015, 3:23pm

A federal judge has dealt setbacks to Dollar General in its years-long court fight with federal equal opportunity regulators over claims the company’s employment screening practices resulted in keeping African Americans from landing jobs at the retailer’s stores.