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Judge: Cigna didn't defraud in denying payment to surgical center suspected of 'fee forgiveness'

Todd Barnett Jul. 10, 2017, 4:59pm

A federal judge has granted a win to multinational insurer Cigna, cutting out state law fraud claims from a lawsuit brought by a surgical center asserting the insurer was wrong to deny claims for reimbursement from certain Cigna-insured patients, for whom the surgical center had forgiven much of the bill because the surgical center was outside of those patients' preferred providers network.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Judge OKs suit vs After School app makers over texts; plaintiff wants decision applied vs Down To Lunch

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 3, 2017, 6:57pm

A Chicago federal judge will allow a potential class action lawsuit to proceed against the makers of smartphone app “After School,” saying the app’s use of allegedly unauthorized invitational text messages to grow its user base could violate federal law. And this decision could have implications for another class action lawsuit against the makers of another app.

City Hall can't tax mortgage transfers, because mortgages don't equal ownership, appeals panel says

Dan Churney Dec. 27, 2016, 12:17pm

A state appeals panel in Chicago has ruled the city of Chicago can’t impose its real estate transfer tax on mortgage assignments for two properties – one on the Gold Coast – because mortgages don’t confer ownership, and so are not “beneficial interests” as defined by the tax ordinance. 

Time to file medical wrongful death suit open to more liberal view of discovery date

Dawn Geske Nov. 2, 2016, 5:09pm

A decision by the Illinois Supreme Court may liberalize the time frame in which to file lawsuits in medical malpractice wrongful death cases.

Group connected to Madigan, Emanuel sues to block redistricting amendment from ballot

Jonathan Bilyk May 12, 2016, 5:50pm

An attorney connected to powerful Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court to block a referendum from landing on the ballot, which would ask Illinois voters to reform the way Illinois creates the legislative districts from which state lawmakers are elected.

Appeals panel puts debt collector back on hook for class action over potentially illegal lawsuits

Dan Churney Mar. 16, 2016, 3:33pm

A man who claimed someone had fraudulently run up more than $2,500 in debt on a credit card opened in his name without his knowledge has secured another chance to press a lawsuit against a suburban debt collection agency, after a state appeals panel found the agency may have broken federal debt collection laws by suing the man over the contested debt after the statute of limitations had expired.

Federal judge OKs 'least bad option' settlement deal to end class action over American Express gift cards

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 4, 2016, 5:06pm

Thousands who had American Express gift cards could be in for a bit of money, after a federal judge signed off on a settlement agreement to end a class action over claims American Express had misled card holders. Lawyers were poised for a lesser payday than they had requested, as the judge adjusted down their fee request to be more in line with the total settlement.

Lloyd’s of London rejects indemnity claim by Wunderland Group

Robert Hadley Jan. 7, 2016, 3:10pm

CHICAGO – Lloyd’s of London is suing Chicago tech staffing firm, alleging a cyber risk policy does not require them to indemnify it from a claim against two workers for breach of an employment contract.

Four Loko makers can't force insurer to defend them against intoxication death, injury suits

Dana Herra Jan. 6, 2016, 9:18am

The makers of Four Loko, a cross between malt liquor and an energy drink, are on their own in defending against six lawsuits claiming consumption of the beverage led to injuries or deaths, after a state appellate court ruled the company’s insurer is not obligated to indemnify it. Chicago-based Phusion Projects Inc. and Phusion Projects LLC, makers of Four Loko, sued Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina in Cook County Circuit Court.

$2 million verdict vs debt collector stands after judge says collector took bad risk in ignoring FDIC loan mod deal

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 4, 2015, 5:27pm

A debt collection company will not get a new trial or any reduction in a $2 million verdict it was ordered to pay to a woman who fended off a foreclosure action brought by the collector and who then sued the collector for improperly refusing to abide by a loan modification agreement the woman had negotiated with the FDIC before the collector purchased her debt.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of asbestos-related legal malpractice lawsuit

Dan Churney Nov. 16, 2015, 11:10am

A state appeals panel kept the door shut on a legal malpractice action brought against the firm of Cascino Vaughan by a family whose legal action over asbestos exposure was tossed, saying a circuit court was correct in finding that, no matter how plaintiffs juggled the calendar, they still brought their lawsuit too late. .

Atlas Van Lines ordered to turn over thousands of detailed contracts to owner-operators suing over underpayment

Dana Herra Oct. 27, 2015, 11:25pm

A shipping company facing a federal lawsuit over claims it underpays its contracted owner-operators must release detailed contracts to the plaintiffs suing it, after a federal judge indicated she was unconvinced by the company’s arguments that producing the documents would create an undue burden. Plaintiff Thomas Mervyn is suing Atlas Van Lines, Inc., and Ace World Wide Moving & Storage Co., Inc.

Appeals panel: Lawsuit brought by family of man who died in Belvidere garbage truck crash belongs in Boone County, not Cook

Scott Holland Sep. 16, 2015, 9:24am

A state appellate panel has decided a wrongful death lawsuit brought against a waste collection company over the death of a man whose car collided with a garbage truck near Belvidere should stay in Boone County, despite the desire of the man’s family to try the case in Cook County.