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Murder victim's family: Backpage 'sanitizes' sex trafficking ads, such as one that led to slaying

Scott Holland Jul. 14, 2017, 11:29pm

Backpage has removed to federal court a lawsuit from the family of a murdered young Chicago woman, accusing the online classified website of encouraging the type of sex trafficking that allegedly led to her death.

Law firm says software biz, competitors, banks, conspired to fix market for bankruptcy banking fees

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 15, 2016, 4:19pm

About a month since a federal judge dismissed its lawsuit against Rabobank for allegedly cornering the bankruptcy banking services market through an alliance with a developer of bankruptcy case management software, a Chicago law firm has reintroduced its allegations, this time in a class action antitrust lawsuit directed at the software maker it alleges has conspired with its competitors to overcharge those depositing bankruptcy funds.

Class action vs legal directory Avvo tossed, judge says attorney listings protected by First Amendment

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2016, 3:55pm

A federal judge has tossed a Chicago lawyer’s class action lawsuit against online attorney directory Avvo, ruling Avvo’s lawyer listings are protected by the First Amendment, and don’t break an Illinois law which forbids the use of personal information, without consent, for profit.

Class action vs legal directory Avvo to stay in Chicago federal court, after judge allows lead plaintiffs' swap

Jonathan Bilyk May 26, 2016, 5:41pm

Faced with the possibility the class action lawsuit could be transferred to a court more than 2,000 miles away in the Pacific Northwest, the lawyers suing online attorney directory Avvo have swapped in a different Chicago attorney, who also is the son of a once-powerful Chicago alderman, to replace the original named plaintiff, whose history with Avvo could have triggered provisions in Avvo’s user agreement, which could have kicked the case to a federal court in Seattle.