The owners of two groups operating many of the video gambling establishments in strip malls and other locations across Illinois have sued the Illinois Gaming Board, arguing one board policy and two provisions of the state’s 2009 Video Gaming Act are unconstitutionally depriving them of the chance to negotiate better business deals for a larger share of the revenue they generate.
Lawsuits targeting Chicago taxi companies and a payment processing company for adding a 50-cent surcharge to nearly 410,000 credit card payments over three-plus months this spring have been garaged, according to a settlement agreement filed Sept. 9 in Cook County Circuit Court. The deal ended the lawsuits in exchange for refunds of all improperly charged fees. Plaintiffs' lawyers received $48,000.
While a federal appeals court ponders a lawsuit alleging taxi drivers should actually be considered employees and not independent contractors, an insurance company has asked a Cook County judge to declare one of the cab companies being sued should need to find some means other than an insurance claim to fund its defense against the allegations it has violated federal labor law in how it classifies and pays its drivers.