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Volvo's offer to refund purchase price of 'underperforming' hybrid SUV nixed class action vs automaker

Scott Holland Oct. 18, 2016, 11:56am

Volvo will not have to face a class action complaint about its hybrid vehicles after a federal judge in Chicago agreed to dismiss a lawsuit which demanded Volvo refund tens of thousands of dollars to everyone who purchased one of the automaker’s hybrid SUVs, which plaintiffs alleged underperformed its advertised battery-only driving range. 

Intelligentsia Group LLC, guarantors accused of failing to pay debt

Louie Torres Sep. 9, 2016, 5:11pm

A financial institution is suing Intelligentsia Group LLC and its guarantors, Brice Leckpa and Arnaud Tawud, alleging breach of contract through failure to pay a debt.

Ruling may expand use of 'hearsay' government reports to support inmate lawsuits, attorney says

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 10:00pm

A recent appeals court ruling that a Cook County Jail inmate may cite a 2008 Department of Justice investigation could open similar doors for other plaintiffs alleging unconstitutional mistreatment at the jail and at the hands of law enforcement, the inmate's attorney said.

Chicago judge tosses Ohio dentist's junk fax suit vs Conn.-based CareCredit lender

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 15, 2016, 5:10pm

A federal judge will not allow an Ohio dentist to use Chicago’s federal courtrooms to sue the Connecticut-based lender behind CareCredit for allegedly sending unsolicited faxes and making unwanted phone calls advertising the medical bill consumer credit product.

Park Grill, City Hall reach deal to end years-long court fight over 'sweetheart' contract

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 5, 2016, 3:19pm

The city of Chicago and the owners of the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park have reached a settlement to end the years-long legal saga cutting across Chicago’s culture of politics and clout.

Lawsuit accusing Grubhub of sending too many unwanted text messages lands in federal court

Scott Holland May 11, 2016, 4:18pm

A Chicago woman’s class action lawsuit that accused Chicago-based food delivery app operator Grubhub of sending unwanted text messages in violation of federal law, has landed in federal court.

Hospital council asks court to stop IT vendor from wiping patient data when it goes out of business

Dana Herra Apr. 26, 2016, 2:09pm

A council of more than 30 Chicago-area hospitals has sued its IT provider over the tech firm’s plan to destroy patient data from its servers, saying the action would severely impair the council’s ability to operate a patient-data sharing exchange.

Judge tosses garbage haulers' $24 million discrimination lawsuit vs Chicago, Allied Waste

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 25, 2016, 6:57pm

A federal judge has tossed out a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by the African-American owners of a garbage hauling company, who had alleged Chicago city officials and representatives of two other waste haulers had conspired to lock their smaller, minority-owned rival out of the city’s waste hauling business, saying the small business owners had not offered nearly enough evidence to back their assertions.

IL appeals panel says state within its rights to make convenience stores pay more cigarette tax

Scott Holland Mar. 11, 2016, 11:20am

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that an increase in the state’s cigarette tax does not violate the state constitution. Casey’s Marketing Company, which operates hundreds of Casey’s General Store convenience stores, filed the initial complaint in the wake of state legislation in 2012 to roughly double the per cigarette tax charged to those who sell them.

African-American woman's discriminatory auto lending claim vs Santander cleared to proceed in federal court

Scott Holland Feb. 25, 2016, 4:22pm

A Chicago woman will be allowed to pursue a racial discrimination claim against the finance company that handled her car loan, though the company was successful in having other parts of the complaint dismissed.

Wineries put cork in qui tam lawsuits over wine shipping charges, sales tax

Annie Hunt Feb. 8, 2016, 6:08pm

A  group of more than two dozen California wineries who ship wine to Illinois customers have scored a legal win, as a Cook County judge granted the request of Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan to dismiss numerous lawsuits alleging the wineries had shorted the state's treasury by not paying sales taxes on shipping and handling fees they charged consumers.

Judge tosses insurers' RICO class action vs testosterone drug makers, saying not specific enough

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 4, 2016, 5:38pm

A federal judge has tossed, with leave to amend, the bulk of a federal racketeering and fraud class action brought by an Ohio-based health insurer against Abbvie and other makers of testosterone drugs, saying the insurer has not yet backed up with enough particularity its allegations the drugmakers invented the condition known as “low T,” and, through false marketing to doctors, patients and insurers alike, induced insurers and others to pay far more for the drugs to treat the condition.

Four Loko makers can't force insurer to defend them against intoxication death, injury suits

Dana Herra Jan. 6, 2016, 9:18am

The makers of Four Loko, a cross between malt liquor and an energy drink, are on their own in defending against six lawsuits claiming consumption of the beverage led to injuries or deaths, after a state appellate court ruled the company’s insurer is not obligated to indemnify it. Chicago-based Phusion Projects Inc. and Phusion Projects LLC, makers of Four Loko, sued Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina in Cook County Circuit Court.

Chicago, Park Grill investors launch appeals, counter-appeals over rulings in Millennium Park restaurant deal fight

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 29, 2015, 9:09am

The legal fight over the fate of the Park Grill restaurant in Chicago’s Millennium Park will continue in the courts in 2016 and perhaps beyond, as the city of Chicago and the restaurant’s operators each prepare for appeals and counter-appeals of a Cook County judge’s decisions in a case over an allegedly crooked restaurant deal that has already cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees and court costs.

Records: Lawsuit over Park Grill contract cost taxpayers more than $6.6 million

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 9, 2015, 11:46am

While Chicago city officials sued the owners of the Park Grill restaurant to collect millions of dollars in taxes and fees that would otherwise have been paid into the city’s coffers, the years-long litigation which failed to persuade a judge the deal was too crooked has cost the city’s taxpayers millions in legal fees, as well. In September, Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius shot down the lawsuit brought by Chicago City Hall to undo a deal cut by the Chicago Park District with a group of invest

Canadian Pacific takes Quebec train disaster cases from Cook County to federal court

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 2, 2015, 4:48pm

Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.

Judge clears sale of hotels worth $86 million amid ongoing First Farmers fraud litigation

Scott Holland Sep. 9, 2015, 10:11pm

The online sale of five hotel properties worth a combined $86 million is proceeding after a federal judge in Chicago approved the transaction, which is connected to an ongoing lawsuit regarding a multi-million dollar fraudulent loan scheme. Pennant Management is embroiled in legal proceedings after accusing First Farmers Financial of selling it the federally guaranteed portions of 26 fraudulent loans allegedly worth $180 million.