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U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois launches new fraud unit

Glenn Minnis Aug. 19, 2017, 6:00am

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois has launched a new unit aimed at cutting into the billions of dollars lost to health care fraud schemes.

Judge won't budge on $283M penalty assessed vs Dish Network over 3rd-party telemarketer misdeeds

Dan Churney Aug. 16, 2017, 11:00am

A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.

Judge: Procedural question won't derail federal discrimination suit over Tinley Park low income housing

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 20, 2017, 12:28pm

A Chicago federal judge has cleared federal lawyers to continue their housing discrimination lawsuit against the village of Tinley Park over the fate of a low-income housing development, saying the task of filing such lawsuits can be delegated to other lawyers within the Department of Justice if the office specifically authorized by federal law to oversee such enforcement actions is vacant.

Tinley sues ex-planner over low income apartments; fed judge asked to combine with feds' suit vs Tinley

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 26, 2017, 5:46pm

As Tinley Park village officials await a federal judge’s ruling on whether a legal question could prevent the U.S. Justice Department from suing Village Hall for housing discrimination, the village’s ex-development director has asked a federal judge to simultaneously consider her request to dismiss a lawsuit Tinley Park brought against her for allegedly making faulty decisions that led the village to come under federal scrutiny and pay $2.45 million to settle claims brought by the would-be developers of a stalled controversial low-income housing project planned for Tinley’s downtown.

Dish Network hit with $283M penalty for third-party telemarketing practices

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 23, 2017, 2:56pm

A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions.

Tinley Park seeks to dismiss federal discrimination lawsuit over low-income housing project

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 12, 2017, 10:17pm

The fate of a low-income housing development in Tinley Park could yet turn on the question of whether the President of the United States must appoint someone to serve as the overseer of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division for the Justice Department to legally file housing discrimination lawsuits.

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 6:00pm

Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien has been indicted for her alleged role in a mortgage fraud scheme, which took place a few years before she was elected to the Cook County bench.

Steele pleads guilty to conspiracy charges stemming from Prenda Law internet porn shakedowns

Cook County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 2:22pm

John L. Steele, an indicted Chicago lawyer who served as one of the principals at Prenda Law, has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his role in an alleged shakedown scheme allegedly designed to entrap and extract millions of dollars in settlements from those accused of illegally downloading internet porn.

Bosnian Muslim congregation can take to trial lawsuit over zoning denial for Des Plaines mosque

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 27, 2017, 8:21pm

Saying he believed the evidence could suggest the city of Des Plaines discriminated against a local Islamic congregation when it denied their request for a permit to build a new community center in one of the city’s business districts, a federal judge has decided to let the congregation and the city take their legal fight to trial.

Jail time for Maine egg distributors should prompt caution, diligence from other food execs, attorney says

Dawn Geske Aug. 26, 2016, 4:09pm

Food company executives should be on notice that a new federal emphasis on cracking down on food safety violations could land them in jail, should their company be found liable for food-borne disease outbreaks, after a federal appeals court upheld jail sentences for two corporate officers found responsible for failing to prevent the distribution of eggs contaminated with salmonella that affected 56,000 people.

Illinois attorney general joins lawsuit to block merger of Humana into Aetna

Deana Carpenter Aug. 10, 2016, 8:04pm

CHICAGO – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the latest attorney general to join a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed merger of Humana and Aetna.

US government says HSBC improperly repossessed US Armed Forces members' vehicles

Scott Holland Aug. 10, 2016, 3:54pm

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued HSBC, accusing the prominent lender of illegally repossessing cars belonging to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Chicago to pay $3 million to settle claims it discriminated vs cop candidates who lived in U.S. less than 10 years

Dan Churney Feb. 8, 2016, 10:40am

The city of Chicago has quickly assented to the U.S. Department of Justice’s contentions it discriminated against foreign-born police applicants by requiring applicants to have lived in the U.S. for 5-10 years before applying. As part of a settlement agreement announced in Chicago federal court, the city has agreed to pay $3.1 million in the class action brought by the Justice Department on behalf of 47 onetime police officer applicants.

Justice Department: Des Plaines broke federal law in denying Islamic group's request to open mosque in former office building

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2015, 5:44pm

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the city of Des Plaines, saying the city broke federal law when it refused the request of a group of Bosnian Sufi Muslims to open a mosque in one of the western suburb’s industrial areas. The intervention comes as the group continues its own lawsuit against the city.

Chicago doctor to pay almost $4M after plea, settlement over clozapine kickback

The Cook County Record Feb. 20, 2015, 10:33am

A Chicago physician will pay the United States and State of Illinois $3.79 million for taking kickbacks from two pharmaceutical companies in exchange for prescribing an anti-psychotic drug to his patients, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday.