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'Serial objector' lawyer Bandas says owed cut of $56M TCPA deal because helped trim other lawyers' fees

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 21, 2017, 5:53pm

A Texas lawyer embroiled in a racketeering action accusing him and others of being “serial objectors” out to simply claim a chunk of others’ negotiated class action settlements has inserted himself into another massive class action deal, asking a federal judge to award him money for representing an organization whose objection to the attorney fee request in a $56 million deal to end a class action against a cruise line, phone poll operator and timeshare company, helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday.

Judge OKs at least $15M for plaintiff lawyers under Caribbean cruise telemarketing class action deal

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 7, 2017, 2:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an award of more than $15 million – and potentially, as much as $18.9 million – in attorney fees for lawyers who secured a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and other associated companies accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask illegal telemarketing calls.

Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action

Dan Churney Mar. 6, 2017, 3:14pm

A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.” 

Man convicted of murder says City Hall has denied him access to records

Louie Torres Feb. 10, 2017, 11:35pm

A man who was sentenced to 200 years in prison in connection with a September 1977 homicide case is suing the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago, alleging violation of federal law.

Ticket broker says Chicago Cubs wrongly canceled his 30 season tickets, owe him seats for 2017

Scott Holland Feb. 7, 2017, 7:38pm

A Pennsylvania ticket broker is suing the Cubs, saying the team refused to renew his season tickets. 

Judge: New jail policy allowed sheriff to avoid order to distribute prisoner rights journal to inmates

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 5:36pm

A federal judge has sided with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and its policy of keeping inmates at the county jail from reading magazines focused on the legal rights of prisoners.

Chicago lawyer says neighbors using alderman to block his home project, demands alderman's emails

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 29, 2016, 2:11pm

A Chicago lawyer has taken to court his dispute with his neighbors and a Chicago alderman over his Wicker Park home construction project, asking a Cook County judge to order the city of Chicago and Alderman Joe Moreno to turn over all emails, text messages and other communications which may show whether friends of Moreno – the lawyer’s neighbors – had used the alderman to block him from installing a heated sidewalk at his house.

Cruise line, others agree to pay up to $76M to end lawsuit over telemarketing cloaked as surveys

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 3:53pm

A cruise line and other companies accused of allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys have agreed to settle a federal class action lawsuit against them, agreeing to pay potentially as much as $76 million – including potentially as much as $24 million to plaintiffs’attorneys - to end the litigation before it went to trial.

Illinois High School Association records ruling being appealed to state's high court

Robert Lawson Sep. 6, 2016, 4:56pm

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has been ruled by an Illinois Appellate Court to not be subject to public records requests under FOIA. But lawyers for a journalistic group suing the IHSA for access believes the courts may have erred in determining too narrowly what constitutes a public organization.

Judge sinks bid by cruise line to use Spokeo to thwart class action over telemarketing disguised as surveys

Dana Herra Aug. 26, 2016, 12:47pm

A cruise line and other companies being sued for allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls under the guise of nonprofit surveys lost an attempt to use the recent U.S. Supreme Court Spokeo ruling to defeat a class action against them.

Federal judge tosses privacy claim against LifeWatch fraud whistleblower

Jonathan Bilyk May 10, 2016, 5:30pm

Noting that whistleblower laws exist specifically to protect whistleblowers from legal actions in retaliation for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by heart monitoring company, Lifewatch, against one of its former employees, who the company attempted to argue broke federal privacy laws when he handed over documents containing patient information to the federal government to support his accusations that LifeWatch had defrauded Medicare.

Cruise line, timeshare seller who tacked pitches to phone surveys likely broke law, judge says

Dana Herra Apr. 29, 2016, 5:45pm

A federal judge has ruled a group of companies that used promises of free cruises to entice people to take telephone political surveys appeared to have broken federal law, clearing the way for a class action to continue against a cruise line and seller of vacation timeshares.

Lawsuit vs Illinois State Police demands state homicide, killings data not reported to FBI since 1994

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 4, 2015, 4:08pm

A Hoffman Estates lawyer who heads an online project designed to track how police report and solve murder cases in Illinois and nationwide says the Illinois State Police have withheld data from him and the public, and a judge should order them to turn over the information. On Dec. 3, attorney Thomas Hargrove, director of the Murder Accountability Project, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Illinois State Police.

Cook County Pension Fund faces civil suit after refusal to turn over performance reviews

Anna Aguillard Dec. 2, 2015, 4:20pm

Financial Investment News (FIN) has filed suit against the Cook County Pension Fund, alleging the Fund violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by refusing to disclose performance reviews sought by FIN.

African-American owner of South Side laundromat in foreclosure sues Inland Bank for discrimination

The Cook County Record Jun. 10, 2015, 11:54am

Owner Lloyd Hughes alleges foreclosure action stems from 'classic example of equity stripping, discrimination'

Judge tosses antitrust complaints vs. radiological drug company, others accused of rigging Cook County hospital bids

Dan Churney May 29, 2015, 8:55am

Nuclear pharmaceuticals company Triad Isotopes and a group of related defendants, who are being sued in federal court over claims they rigged bids to secure Cook County drug contracts, have succeeded in persuading a judge to dismiss three of seven counts against them.

Midwest Medical Records agrees to settle class action over copying fees; attorneys set to get $1M

Kyla Asbury Dec. 9, 2014, 10:46am

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Midwest Medical Records Association Inc.

Judge reinstates evidence fabrication count in trio's wrongful conviction suit; cites Seventh Circuit ruling to reverse prior decision

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 15, 2014, 7:50am

Three men wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for more than a decade for the brutal rape and murder of a Chicago woman have received permission from a federal judge, in light of a recent federal appellate decision, to renew their claim that police and prosecutors violated their constitutional rights by fabricating evidence to falsely link them to the crime.

Man released after serving 11 years for alleged Daley Center rape files suit over prosecution, imprisonment

Jonathan Bilyk May 6, 2014, 4:08pm

A Chicago man convicted of raping a clerk at the Daley Center in 2002 is suing the City of Chicago, Cook County, his accuser, and several police officers and prosecutors who worked to put him behind bars for 11 years on a charge that was dropped more than a decade later.

City of Harvey hit with federal suit over alleged police misconduct; man claims officers falsified charges to justify beating

Andrew Thomason May 6, 2014, 1:35pm

Not immediately paying for a drink at a bar cost a Harvey man two broken legs, the man claims in a recently-filed lawsuit seeking damages from the Cook County south suburb that has made headlines in recent years for having a high-crime and low-arrest rate, as well as alleged police and political misconduct.