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Class action: Cook County court bonds too high, discriminatory; keep those awaiting trial in jail too long

Scott Holland Oct. 19, 2016, 2:31pm

A class action complaint leveled against Cook County has accused Sheriff Tom Dart and the county of imposing onerous bonds on people charged with crimes, essentially forcing them to remain detained pending a trial. 

Dunkin' Donuts workers sue franchisee for altering timesheets, deducting pay, denying OT

Scott Holland May 5, 2016, 4:41pm

Former Dunkin’ Donuts employees say management at a Dunkin’ franchise business changed their timesheets, denied them overtime wages and illegally took money from their paychecks to cover register shortages.

Man cleared of double murder OK'd to sue Northwestern, journalism professor he says put him behind bars

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 30, 2016, 6:23pm

A man whose conviction on double murder charges was vacated after it was revealed a Northwestern University journalism professor and the investigator with whom he worked had allegedly falsified evidence implicating him in the killings has won the chance to continue with his lawsuit against the university and the people he alleged wrongly put him behind bars to boost their own prestige and careers.

Tenant class action: Presbyterian Homes broke law, leases, by threatening to evict elderly residents who held leases "for life"

Scott Holland Oct. 22, 2015, 9:55am

Six women have brought a class action against Presbyterian Homes, alleging the company violated the terms of their leases, as well as Chicago and Illinois law, when the property management company announced its buildings had been sold to developers and threatened with eviction tenants who, until the announcement, believed the terms of their leases entitled them to a subsidized apartment “for life.”