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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.

Seventh Circuit: Walgreens, shareholder settlement little more than $370K payday for lawyers

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 10, 2016, 4:42pm

Calling the lawsuit an example of a “racket” aimed at merging companies, a federal appeals panel in Chicago has tossed out a settlement intended to end a shareholder class action brought over the Walgreens Boots Alliance merger, saying the lawsuit and related settlement did nothing more than contribute a quick $370,000 payment to the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Quick payoff or material disclosure? 7th Circuit to weigh in on Walgreens shareholder class action deal

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 6, 2016, 4:48pm

A little less than a year after Walgreens and some of its shareholders moved to settle a class action over a lack of disclosures to shareholders who said they were concerned over the company’s merger with European retail pharmacy operator Alliance Boots, objectors to that settlement deal are hoping a federal appeals court will toss out or rewrite the settlement over concerns the deal is little more than a $370,000 payoff to trial lawyers.

VW diesel emissions class actions transferred, centralized by MDL Panel in San Francisco federal court

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2015, 1:04pm

The blizzard of litigation filed against Volkswagen in the wake of revelations the automaker allegedly installed devices on diesel cars to fool emissions testing equipment has been redirected to federal court in San Francisco. Across the country, more than 500 lawsuits - primarily class action complaints - have been lodged in federal district courts against Volkswagen. In the Northern District of Illinois, for instance, 19 such lawsuits have been filed against VW.

Shareholder says Vasco management should pay for shares crash following news of product sales to Iran

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 26, 2015, 7:08pm

The directors and executive of an Oakbrook Terrace-based provider of digital financial security products has been hit with a lawsuit brought by a shareholder who has claimed the company’s management should be made to pay for allegedly concealing from investors – or at least not properly moving to address – the possibility an international distributor sold the company’s products to buyers in Iran while economic sanctions forbidding such sales were in place.

Legal actions vs. VW continue to mount over diesel deception allegations, now total more than 400 nationwide

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 8, 2015, 1:25pm

The class action lawsuits continue to pile up against Volkswagen over allegations it installed devices to fool government emissions testing equipment, both in Chicago’s courtrooms and in courts across the country. As of Oct. 8, more than 400 class actions have been filed in federal district courts in states throughout the U.S. against the automaker, and more continue to be added.

Judge: Balance may lie with Abercrombie & Fitch in faltering class action over expired promo gift cards

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Sep. 2, 2015, 11:57pm

A woman suing Abercrombie & Fitch over the retailer’s decision to void promotional gift cards after the cards’ expiration dates still has more work to do to prove the retailer did anything wrong, a federal judge said in denying the woman's request for summary judgment in her breach of contract class action against the retailer.