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Hotwire,, other online travel sites to pay Lombard $459K to settle hotel taxes lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 25, 2016, 1:04pm

The village of Lombard will reap a $459,000 payday from the operators of six of the biggest online travel websites – the only Illinois municipality allowed to do so - after a federal judge signed off on a deal to end a years-long court fight over claims the travel sites had stiffed Lombard and other suburban Chicago communities of hotel taxes.

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

Dan Churney Oct. 3, 2016, 11:51am

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

People who sued Peet's for pouring too little French press coffee confidentially settle

Jonathan Bilyk May 2, 2016, 11:01pm

A group of people who sued Peet’s Coffee & Tea for allegedly shorting them the amount French press coffee they believed they were owed for their money, have settled their lawsuits, surrendering their opportunity to pursue the cases as class actions.

Federal judge dampens suit claiming Sears sells flammable riding mowers

Dan Churney Jan. 5, 2016, 10:27am

Acting on a motion to dismiss, a Chicago federal judge has pruned a class action lawsuit brought by four people against Sears, which alleges the retailer sold defective lawnmowers prone to burst into flames.

Appeals panel: Lawyers must only perform some 'core title' work to earn payments from title insurers, avoid kickback allegations

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 11, 2015, 11:49am

Two title insurance companies did not participate in an illegal kickback scheme by splitting fees with Chicago area real estate lawyers in return for those attorneys referring clients to them, a divided state appeals panel has ruled, finding lawyers are allowed to be paid fees by the title companies – even fees that may appear large, relative to the work they actually performed – if they perform any work related to clearing a title, at all.

Judge says commodities traders chose wrong target when suing CME over high frequency traders' market manipulation

Scott Holland Dec. 4, 2015, 11:15pm

A federal judge has ruled a group of commodity traders who felt they had been harmed by the manipulative activities of so-called “high frequency traders” had misplaced their grievance when they filed a complaint against the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The putative class action, represented by plaintiffs William Charles Braman, Mark Mendelson and John Simms, alleged the CME granted unfair advantages to certain classes of traders.