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Judgment: UBU Sports owes FieldTurf USA $780,000 in artificial turf patent court fight

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 12:07am

The final score in a legal battle between two artificial turf manufacturers is a $780,000 win for the original patent holder, FieldTurf USA.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

Scott Holland Jun. 21, 2017, 4:30pm

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Operators of Dotty's, Stella's, Shelby's gambling cafes sue state over revenue rules

Scott Holland & Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 5, 2017, 3:12pm

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. 

Consumers too far down distribution chain to press price fixing class action vs steelmakers, says judge

Dan Churney Mar. 13, 2017, 9:10pm

A group of steel makers, led by Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA, have beaten down a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by more than a dozen consumers, who alleged the companies schemed to raise prices for goods made with steel, by pointing out the consumers were too far down the distribution line from the steel manufacturers to claim losses. 

Judge blocks Advocate, NorthShore merger; effort to combine health systems scuttled

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 7, 2017, 3:35pm

A Chicago federal judge has moved to formally block the attempted merger between Advocate and NorthShore, two of the Chicago area’s largest hospital operators, granting federal regulators’ request for an injunction and likely scuttling the merger.

$4.25M deal ends litigation vs Northern Trust over 'hundreds of millions' in losses for public pensions

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 12, 2017, 11:21pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $4.25 million settlement to end years of litigation between financial investment firm Northern Trust Co. and a host of public worker retirement plans in Chicago and elsewhere in the U.S. over claims Northern Trust’s allegedly risky investment decisions had led to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for the retirement programs when markets crashed at the onset of the Great Recession.

Brunswick sues McNabola, clerk, alleges wrongful use of jury note cost them, trampled legal rights

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2016, 7:15pm

Chicago lawyer Mark McNabola, already being sued by his ex-client - a man left paralyzed from a 2009 boating accident who claims the attorney’s use of jury note, improperly shared by a court clerk, cost him a $25 million settlement - has been hit with another lawsuit, this time from the yacht maker they had sued and who now allege the lawyer should also be made to pay for using the jury note to cost them a verdict from a jury poised to hand the company a courtroom win. The suit also names Cook C

Class action settled vs NorthShore Physicians group over medical debt liens, terms confidential

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 18, 2016, 5:46pm

A woman injured in a 2012 car crash has dropped her lawsuit against an Evanston-based medical practice, after a judge signed off on a settlement agreement ending the putative class action litigation in which she had accused the doctors at the practice of wrongly slapping liens on patients in an attempt to collect more than they should under agreements with health insurers.

$30M deal to end massive price-fixing class action vs steelmakers; all settlements now total $194M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 19, 2016, 5:18pm

A group of about 5,500 manufacturers, metal fabricators and others who bought steel from eight American steelmakers about a decade ago have announced a $30 million deal with three of those mill operators – a settlement the parties intend would cap off a massive antitrust class action lawsuit accusing the steelmakers of manipulating supply to boost prices for their steel products.

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.

Judge dismisses 'fair share' fee suit vs state worker unions; SCOTUS deadlock means precedent stands

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:52pm

In the wake of a deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court, letting stand a federal appeals court’s ruling that public unions can compel workers not represented by unions to pay so-called “fair share” fees in lieu of union dues, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by several Illinois state workers, similarly challenging the union’s payroll deductions.

Judge says antitrust class action vs NorthShore's 2000 Highland Park hospital merger not time-barred

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 12, 2016, 8:26pm

NorthShore University Health System will need to continue to defend itself against a class action antitrust lawsuit, after a federal judge ruled a group of patients and health insurers were not years too late in bringing their legal action over NorthShore’s decision to allegedly jack up its rates nearly 16 years ago following its acquisition of Highland Park Hospital.

Some market manipulation claims vs Opana maker chopped under IL law, other states' laws

Dan Churney Aug. 22, 2016, 9:28am

A Chicago federal judge has chopped a few counts from a huge putative class-action suit – based on laws of various states, including Illinois – accusing the maker of the prescription pain killer Opana of improperly keeping the price of its product high by paying off another pharmaceutical company to delay the release of a generic version of the drug.

Judge keeps ex-CEO’s $15 million suit percolating vs Intelligentsia Coffee over sale to Peet's

Dan Churney Jun. 20, 2016, 10:51am

A judge has ruled a former CEO of Chicago coffee house chain Intelligentsia has grounds to continue his suit against his ex-business partners, who fired him and then allegedly refused to pay him more than $15 million in profit shares and his cut from the proceeds of the company’s sale.  

IL high court: More than lost money, damaged reputation needed to sustain doctors' peer review suit vs hospitals

Dan Churney May 31, 2016, 9:41am

The Illinois Supreme Court has strengthened the hand of hospitals in a ruling that took a physician’s suit off life support, because he failed to allege a north suburban hospital system inflicted “physical” harm upon him when it terminated his hospital privileges – which the court said is the necessary standard under state law for the hospital group to enjoy immunity from liability.

FieldTurf says suburban competitor out of bounds in installing fake grass too similar to patented product

Scott Holland May 27, 2016, 6:01pm

The grass is fake, but the legal dispute over who should own the rights to sell and install artificial turf in stadiums and practice facilities in Chicago – including at the Chicago Bears practice facility – is quite real.

Catholic Charities lawsuit: Chicago OK'd marijuana dispensary too near shelter with child care service

Scott Holland Mar. 2, 2016, 9:05pm

Catholic Charities has asked a Cook County judge to overrule the Chicago Zoning Board’s permission for a medical marijuana dispensary to open near a Lakeview shelter for women and children it operates, saying the Zoning Board improperly overlooked the shelter’s unlicensed child care service when determining there were no day care centers or schools within 1,000 feet of the planned dispensary site.

Flight attendants wage, hour class action vs Skywest moved to Chicago federal courts, to join already pending action

Dana Herra Dec. 30, 2015, 11:41am

A class-action lawsuit claiming SkyWest Airlines systemically underpays its flight attendants was transferred Dec. 9 from a federal court district in California to Chicago federal court, joining a virtually identical class action already pending against the airline in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Artificial turf installers staking positions for court fight over O'Hare turf install contract, patent rights

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 29, 2015, 9:08am

A turf war has spilled into federal court over the rights to a city of Chicago contract worth as much as $25 million to install new artificial turf in place of grass along a new taxiway at O’Hare International Airport. On Dec. 18, FieldTurf USA Inc., the maker and installer of artificial turf in stadiums and other settings throughout the U.S., filed suit in Chicago federal court against Chicago-based rival turf installer AvTurf.

Judge deals setback to $6 million ADA, harassment suit brought by legal secretary vs Winston & Strawn

Scott Holland Nov. 21, 2015, 12:07am

A disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a legal secretary seeking at least $6 million in damages from law firm Winston & Strawn has hit a roadblock in federal court.