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Chicago can't collect real estate transfer tax from buyers of homes sold by Fannie, Freddie, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:53pm

The city of Chicago should not be allowed to sidestep laws barring cities from collecting taxes on real estate sold by federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by simply passing on the tax bills to those buying the properties from Fannie and Freddie, a federal judge has ruled.

Bank sues over failure to repay a loan

The Cook County Record Sep. 15, 2016, 4:57pm

A financial institution is suing over alleged breach of contract regarding a loan repayment.

Appeals court: Malpractice claim vs Chuhak can be put on hold until criminal case resolved vs lawyer over fuel tax credit scheme

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 22, 2016, 3:11pm

A state appeals panel has decided a Cook County judge was correct in slapping a stay on a legal malpractice claim against Chicago law firm Chuhak & Tecson over allegations the firm misled investors into sinking money into buying into federal nonconventional fuel tax credit partnerships, saying, while plaintiffs may wish to move ahead with their lawsuit, the case must take a backseat for now to a criminal tax case pending against an indicted lawyer.

Settlement ends legal food fight over The Purple Pig; Harris no longer associated with River North restaurant

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 29, 2016, 4:30pm

A legal food fight, in which some of the more prominent names in Chicago’s culinary scene served up accusations against one another of mismanagement, financial wrongdoing and other scurrilous allegations, appears to have ended quietly, with at least one of the former partners in The Purple Pig walking away from the popular River North restaurant.

Condo dwellers blame Groundswell coffee vendor for offensive fumes

Robert Hadley Dec. 24, 2015, 4:47pm

CHICAGO – A Chicago condo association is suing a neighboring coffee roasting business, alleging its offensive, noxious fumes are creating a public nuisance for the homeowners.

Fitbit, Fitbug patent tussle steps toward trial after judge nixes Fitbug's summary judgment ask

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2015, 12:23pm

Fitbit and Fitbug, two leading competing manufacturers of activity-tracking electronic devices, might be headed for trial after a federal judge rejected Fitbug’s request for summary judgment in a pending patent lawsuit. The matter dates to Feb. 20, 2014, when Fitbit sued Fitbug alleging a single count of patent infringement.

Weber lawsuit vs Sears over grill design more than just smoke, judge says

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2015, 12:51pm

The makers of the iconic Weber backyard grill may get their chance to prove at trial Sears intentionally aped the Weber design for its own store-brand grills, after a federal judge said there may be more than just smoke to Weber’s infringement claims against the retailer. Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, creator of the eponymous Weber Grill, filed suit in federal court in 2013 against Sears, alleging some Kenmore grills infringe on Weber’s trade dress.